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The Department of History meets the challenges of funding graduate education by supporting its students with Graduate Teaching fellowships, a variety of internal scholarships and awards, university-wide fellowships, grants and prizes, and competitive external scholarships and awards.

Graduate Teaching Fellowships. The major form of funding for newly admitted graduate students is the Graduate Teaching Fellowship (GTF). GTFs are awarded on a competitive basis to both M.A. and Ph.D. students, based on academic merit, without regard to financial need. GTF Application forms are available online. Note: if you are filling out an online admissions application and answer the GTF questions, a separate GTF application is not required.

Each GTF award includes a tuition waiver, a stipend, and health insurance benefits.

  • The tuition waiver covers up to sixteen credits per quarter, which easily covers the normal graduate course load. For those students who meet the eligibility requirements, tuition waivers for summer quarter courses are also available.
  • The stipend is paid to students on a monthly basis. Stipend amounts are competitive, at rates determined in part by the contract negotiated by the union, the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation (GTFF).
  • Graduate Teaching Fellows also receive excellent health insurance benefits for themselves and, at a subsidized rate, for family members, based in part on the terms negotiated in the GTFF contract.

Teaching Duties. In the History Department, the duties of a GTF usually take one of the following forms:

  • Leading two discussion sections (of up to 25 students each), evaluating the written work (papers and exams) in a large lower-division lecture course (e.g., surveys in United States History, World History, or Western Civilization), and generally assisting the supervising instructor.
  • Evaluating the written work (papers and exams) (for up to 85 students) in a large lower- or upper-division lecture course without discussion sections (e.g., specialized or advanced surveys, including Latin American History, U.S. Women’s History, African American History, and War and the Modern World) and generally assisting the supervising instructor.

Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation (GTFF). The University of Oregon is proud to have been one of the first universities in the country in which Graduate Teaching Fellows were unionized. Since 1977, our GTFs have been represented by the GTFF. In addition to the benefits listed above, union representation means that the teaching duties of GTFs are regulated by agreements negotiated between the GTFF and the University.

Length of the Award. Once a student has been awarded a GTF, the History Department’s policy is normally to offer two years of support at the M.A. level and four years at the Ph.D. level, assuming that several conditions are met. These include satisfactory progress toward the degree, satisfactory performance as a teaching fellow, and the absence of unanticipated budget disasters.

GTFs in other departments. Students who are not awarded GTFs in History or who are placed on the waiting list for History GTFs are encouraged to apply for GTFs in other UO departments and programs. Deadlines and requirements vary; the History Department Graduate Secretary sends additional information to students in this category after all History GTFs have been awarded each year.

History Department Travel and Research Funds. History graduate students are eligible to apply for departmental funds to support travel and research. Funds (a maximum of $300 per student annually) are dispensed on a first-come, first-served basis for worthy proposals, including travel to research conferences (an annual maximum of $250), or travel for research or other professional advancement. For the past several years, the History Department has been able to send 3-4 students a year on major summer research trips.  Summer research grants are competitive, and students must submit a research proposal, budget, and letter of recommendation from their major advisor to be eligible for consideration.

UO Travel and Research Funds. In addition to the funds available in the History Department, there are other UO sources of support for graduate student travel and research, including the Graduate School (small grants to reimburse travel and research expenses associated with thesis or dissertation work), the Center for the Study of Women and Society (CSWS) (grants for research on women and gender topics), the Oregon Humanities Center (graduate research fellowship), and the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics (dissertation fellowship). Please see their websites for details:

History Department Fellowships and Awards. The History Department offers fellowships and awards (of various amounts) each year to outstanding graduate students. The Leah Kirker Memorial Award recognizes excellence in teaching by a GTF and offers a modest stipend. The Richard Maxwell Brown Fellowship offers a substantial stipend to aid in the writing stage of the dissertation. The Thomas T. Turner Memorial Prize offers a stipend in recognition of outstanding achievement by a History graduate student. In addition, History Department benefactors generously support the graduate program with occasional gifts, allowing us to offer additional awards and stipends on an special basis.

Peggy Pascoe Graduate Fellowship. The Department of History offers the Peggy Pascoe Fellowship to particularly promising Ph.D. students in the history of the American West, environmental history, and American Indian history.  The fellowship provides four to five years of support, including a supplement to the GTF stipend and an extra year of research and writing after advancement to candidacy.

UO Fellowships and Awards. Several fellowships and awards are available to graduate students each year as a result of college or university-wide competitions. History graduate students have been successful historically in winning these awards, which range from small grants and prizes recognizing outstanding teaching and supporting research, to substantial fellowships offering year-long tuition waivers, release from teaching duties, and substantial stipends to support the completion of dissertations.  Please see the Graduate School website for details.

Outside Fellowships and Awards.  External sources of funding are also available; some of these are highlighted on the Graduate School website.

Graduate students are encouraged to apply for these and other fellowships and awards, available on a nationally-competitive basis. Information about these awards is frequently circulated, and advisors and the graduate director regularly assist and support the applications of History graduate students.

FLAS Funding. Applicants for graduate study in East Asian history may apply for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships administered by the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS). For more information about these fellowships and eligibility please refer to the CAPS website.