The Department of History provides financial support to graduate students on a competitive
basis in three forms: endowed fellowships, endowed scholarships, and teaching assistantships
(TA-ships). History graduate students also compete successfully for College and University-wide
fellowships. Need-based funding is available through the University’s Office of Financial
To apply for Department support, prospective students must fill out the appropriate section of the online application. Continuing students must reapply for funding each year by completing an application for financial assistance and emailing it to the Director of Graduate Studies.
The Maybelle Burton Graduate Fellowship is a three-year award given to an incoming
PhD student in any of the Department's doctoral fields. It includes a monthly stipend,
a three-year research account, and tuition for in-state and out-of-state students.
In their first and second years, Burton Fellows serve as a TAs and are eligible for
subsidized health insurance through the Graduate School. In their third year, Fellows
do not have teaching responsibilities and are not eligible for subsidized health insurance.
The Dean L. May Graduate Fellowship is a two-year award given to an incoming MA or
PhD student in US history with a focus on the American West. It includes a monthly
stipend and tuition benefit for in-state and out-of-state students. May Fellows serve
as teaching assistants and are eligible for subsidized health insurance through the
The Maybelle Burton Graduate Scholarship is a one-year award given to a PhD student
in any of the Department's doctoral fields. It includes a monthly stipend, a one-year
research account, and tuition for in-state and out-of-state students. Burton Scholars
serve as teaching assistants and are eligible for subsidized health insurance through
the Graduate School.
Teaching assistantships are awarded for a single academic year and are renewable pending
satisfactory progress in the graduate program and the availability of funds in the
Department budget. They include a monthly stipend, subsidized health insurance benefits,
and tuition for in-state and out-of-state students. Teaching Assistants are expected
to work on average, twenty hours a week in support of their assigned teaching and
must be full-time graduate students (9 credit hours per semester).
College and University-wide fellowships are also available on a competitive basis from the University of Utah Graduate School, which awards both the Steffensen Cannon Graduate Fellowship and the Mariner S. Eccles Graduate Fellowship in Political Economy. Additional fellowships from the University’s nationally and internationally recognized interdisciplinary research centers are also available on a competitive basis. The American West Center offers the Floyd O'Neil Fellowship in Western American Studies. Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships are available through both the Asia Center and the Center for Latin American Studies. Graduate Fellowships are available for continuing students through the Tanner Humanities Center.