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UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA'S - DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY

Funding and Teaching Opportunities for Graduate Students

For general information about financial assistance, see the Financial Information page on the Graduate School website. Prospective students (both Ph.D. and M.A.) wanting to be considered for teaching assistantships and fellowships must complete and submit their application by February 1.


Teaching Assistantships

Nine teaching assistantships are available to history graduate students. These are awarded annually on a competitive basis. Ph.D. teaching assistantships are renewable for up to four years of total funding, pay $14,600 a year, and include a tuition waiver and waiver of the registration fee. Other fees charged by the university—including for health insurance—are not covered. M.A. teaching assistantships are renewable for up to two years of total funding, pay $9,000 a year, and include a tuition waiver and waiver of the registration fee. Other fees charged by the university—including for health insurance—are not covered. Teaching assistants are required to register for at least nine credits each semester.


Fellowships

The department offers two fellowships for doctoral study. The George and Jane Dennison Fellowship covers tuition and fees and pays a yearly stipend of approximately $20,000. The Moser-McKinney Fellowship covers tuition and fees and pays a yearly stipend of approximately $15,000. Each fellowship is renewable for up to four years total funding. As part of their training, fellowship recipients are expected to assist in the teaching of one course each year.


Graders

The History Department has opportunities for graduate students to serve as paid graders in undergraduate courses. These opportunities vary each semester. For more information, contact the Director of Graduate Studies.


Research Grants

The History Department awards research and travel grants from two sources. The H. Duane Hampton Fund provides two $500 grants each year to departmental graduate students. The A.B. Hammond Fund for Western History provides research grants for graduate students working in Western U.S. history. The amount of the award is variable.


The University also provides research grants to graduate students through the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost. The following document explains the process for applying for these funds:


“Student Requests for Thesis, Dissertation, and Creative Works Support from the President and Provost”


Teaching Opportunities

Contingent on the availability of funds, the department offers advanced Ph.D. students the opportunity to teach undergraduate courses of their own design. The topics of these courses typically relate to students’ primary field of expertise and dissertation research. Only Ph.D. students who have passed their comprehensive exams are eligible to teach their own course.


These teaching opportunities are competitive. When funds are available, the department chair will put out a call for course proposals. All proposals must include a course syllabus, course description, CV, and letter of recommendation from the student’s advisor. The Curriculum Committee will assess the applications and make recommendation to the faculty.

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