Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

Sections
You are here: Home Graduate Funding

Fellowships and Assistantships

We guarantee four to five years of funding to every student we admit and offer teaching lectureships for another two years for those students in good standing as they finish up their doctoral program.

Assistantships

Every student is guaranteed a minimum of four years on a graduate assistantship (five years if entering the program with a BA). The majority of these assistantships are teaching assistantships though there are limited research assistantships as well. All of our students serve as teaching assistantships since we believe that teaching experience is a vital and valuable dimension of the graduate experience. Regardless of the type, assistantships provide cash stipends, grant-in-aid to cover tuition, as well as insurance coverage.

Conference Travel Award

The department highly recommends that our students begin to present their work in workshops, seminars and conferences as often as possible. The department will, minimally, cover basic travel and lodging expenses for one conference per year.

Seed Grants

Through the generosity of the Mark and Lucy M Stitzer Fund and the Harriet Pencak Endowment we are able to offer grants to support preliminary research on potential dissertation topics, language acquisition and preliminary archival visits.

Pre-dissertation Research

The McCourtney Family Graduate Scholarship and the Isabel F. Knight Graduate Enrichment Fund supports preliminary research directly related to research on one's dissertation topic.

University and Department Dissertation Fellowships

Graduate students in our program are encouraged to apply annually for a large number of departmental, college and university scholarships. The largest number of these are targeted for the dissertation phase (research/write-up) of a graduate student's studies. Every student admitted to our program receives a semester release from teaching duties through the College of Liberal Art's Humanities Initiative. The college also offers a Sparks Fellowship to carry out dissertation related research. Finally, the department offers a Hill Dissertation Completion Fellowship to facilitate the final write-up phase of our students' dissertation.

College and Department Awards

In addition, students in History are eligible to apply for fellowships and awards from other entities at Penn State, such as the College of the Liberal Arts, the Graduate School, and the Institute for Arts and Humanities. These fellowships offer support for summer research, writing, and travel to collections. History students have had a good record of securing this funding.

As the number of grants above suggest our students all emerge with quite advanced grant-writing skills which are also aided by workshops offering guidance at the departmental, college, and university levels.

News and Events
Bill Cossen has been awarded the Bernard Bellush Prize
Rob Shafer has been awarded a fellowship opportunity
David G. Smith's book has been published
Rachel Moran was featured on BackStory with the American History Guys
Bill Cossen has been awarded a research travel grant
John Hoenig's article will be published in the Winter of 2013
Sean Trainor will be presenting his paper in Washington, DC
Jan Logemann's book has been published
Evan Rothera won the Outstanding Graduate Paper Award
Alfred Wallace was awarded the Rear Admiral Ernest M. Eller Graduate Research Grant
Hongyan Xiang was granted a research travel award by the Asian Institute
Bill Cossen has been awarded the Dorothy Mohler Research Grant
Courtney Rong Fu's chapter has been published
Sean Trainor has been awarded a short-term fellowship
Deirdre Fulton has accepted a new position
Bill Cossen has won the 2012 George P. Hammond prize
History Majors win three thesis awards
Will Bryan has won an award
Katie Falvo has been granted a fellowship award
Andrea Gatzke has been appointed Assistant Professor
Kenneth Ristau has accepted a position at MacEwan University
Courtney Rong Fu recently presented a paper at West Chester University
Michael Tuttle recently presented a paper at the R.S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology
Michael Gabriel has won an award
Jennifer J. Davis's book has been published
Christine Reese has accepted a tenure-track position with Louisiana College
Andrea Gatzke wins 2012 IAH Summer Residency
Evan Rothera receives Thomas Critchlow Award and Sigmund Strochlitz Travel Grant
John Hoenig studies quest for the 12-month tomato
Bill Cossen recently presented a paper
Hongyan Xiang's article has been published
Rachel Moran received a Postdoctoral Fellowship
Sean Trainor's articles have recently been featured
Sean Trainor was recently interviewed
Bill Cossen's article will be published
David Hensley's article will appear in the Journal of Belgian History
Bill Cossen has been awarded the Presidential Graduate Scholarship
Bill Cossen's article has been accepted for an upcoming issue
Evan Rothera received a Filson Fellowship
Utsa Ray, a 2009 PhD graduate, has been appointed
Bill Cossen's article has appeared in American Catholic Studies
Lauren Kaplow has accepted a visiting Assistant Professorship
Jeffrey Rop has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professorship
Tim Wesley has accepted a tenure-track position
Courtney Rong Fu has been named a 2014 Career Development Awardee
Antwain Hunter has accepted a tenure-track position
Sean Trainor's article has appeared in The Appendix
Eric Welch has been offered a Hill Dissertation Fellowship
Hsin-fang Wu has been named a 2014 Career Development Awardee
Sean Trainor was recently interviewed
William Cossen elected as GSA Representative
Sean Trainor awarded two fellowships
Hongyan Xiang receives USF Ricci Doctoral Research Fellowship
Three students awarded IAH Graduate Student Summer Residencies
Three students place in the Graduate School's Graduate Exhibition
Bill Cossen's paper has been accepted
Jason Strandquist has been selected as a participant
Sean Trainor was recently awarded
Mark Christensen's first book has been published
Michael Tuttle wins Clark G. Reynold Student Paper Award for his paper entitled "Women in Western Waters: Myth and Reality"
Evan Rothera presents paper entitled “Beyond Comparative Emancipation: Comparative Reconstructions as a Category of Analysis" at an international conference in Germany
Evan Rothera presents paper at interdisciplinary conference at Chestnut Hill College
Rachel Moran presents paper, awarded NSF travel grant
Chris Hayashida-Knight has received a research grant
Sean Trainor has been awarded a fellowship
The Richards Center and our graduate students were featured in an article
Hongyan Xiang recently gave a talk at the University of Toronto
Karen Younger (PhD, 2006) has accepted a position
Will Bryan has been selected as a nominee
Bill Cossen was recently interviewed
Will Bryan received a Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Personal tools
Log in