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Fellowships

University Tuition Scholarships are service-free awards that pay all or part of tuition costs. The following graduate awards are normally supplemented by a full University Tuition Scholarship, which usually includes student health insurance coverage: University Fellowships, Graduate Teaching Assistantships, Graduate Research Assistantships, Traineeships, and Teacher Training Awards.

All history Ph.D. students receive five years of funding (a stipend, plus health insurance and full tuition) from a combination of sources: the Graduate School, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Provost's Office, and several special fellowship funds, including the Helguera Endowment, established in honor of emeritus Professor Leon Helguera by Vanderbilt alumnus Patrick McMullan. Ordinarily, three of the five years in the program are service free.  Students commence serving as teaching assistants or graders in their third year, and are required to serve as teaching assistants or graders during a total of four semesters. 

Students are encouraged to apply for dissertation-finishing fellowships that provide an additional year of service-free support. The College of Arts and Science offers dissertation-finishing fellowships in the social sciences on a competitive basis. The Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities awards fellowships in the humanities and qualitative social sciences.

Students must be enrolled full-time and are expected to meet departmental and Graduate School benchmarks in order to maintain their fellowship status. 

Summer research and small research grants: click here for information

For more detailed information about financial aid, or any other aspect of our graduate program, please write the Director of Graduate Studies.