Scholarships, Grants and Awards

The Department makes every effort to provide funding to qualified graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in History. In fact, the vast majority of our incoming masters and doctoral students receive some form of scholarship to assist with meeting the cost of UC tuition. In addition, the Department provides funding to support graduate-student research, conference travel, or language study. We also offer awards every year to our most deserving graduate students in a range of fields. For additional information on any of the scholarships, grants, and awards listed below, please contact the Department’s Director of Graduate Studies.


University Graduate Scholarship (UGS)
The University Graduate Scholarship – known as the UGS – is a basic form of funding provided to graduate students at UC.  The History Department offers UGS’s to most of its incoming MA and PhD students. These UGS’s are offered at two levels.  The highest level is a 100% UGS, which covers the full cost of tuition for both in and out of state students.  The second level is an 80% UGS, which pays 80% of tuition for both in and out of state students. UGS’s do not cover health insurance premiums, books, or fees.  UGS can be combined with additional funding, however. Students who receive a UGS are also eligible for a teaching assistantship.

Teaching Assistantships (TA)
The Department awards teaching assistantships (TAs) to incoming students based on the comprehensive strength of their application. At least half of all incoming students receive a TA. Most students who receive TAs are assigned to assist a professor in the instruction and grading of an undergraduate history course. Teaching assistants are also expected to hold office hours each week to meet with students on a one-on-one basis. Some doctoral students with a TA may also be eligible to teach their own class. Teaching assistants at the Masters level receive a stipend of between $10,000 and $10,700 per academic year, and the stipend for doctoral TAs for 2007-2008 is $13,000.

The Albert C. Yates Fellows and Scholarship Program
The Yates Scholarship is offered by the Office of the University Dean for Graduate Studies to applicants from underrepresented groups who are nominated for the scholarship by the Department.  Recipients of the Yates Scholarship receive a stipend, full tuition remission (including both in-state and out-of-state residents), and waiver of general fees for four terms.

Grants and Awards

The Charles Phelps Taft Research Center
The History Department is one of ten departments in the College of Arts and Sciences that receives money from the Taft Research Center (TRC, for short), a private endowment affiliated with UC that provides generous support to student and faculty research in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.  While Taft funding is generally awarded on a competitive basis, history students have traditionally been highly successful in Taft competitions and it is not unusual for our MA and PhD students to receive several TRC grants and fellowships over the course of their studies in the Department.  The TRC supports a number of grant programs, including Dissertation Fellowships, Graduate Enhancement Fellowships, Graduate Enrichment Awards, and Travel Grants.  For more information on the TRC and its programs for history students, click on the Resources and Initiatives link at the top of this page.

The University Research Council
The University Research Council (URC) provides research support for outstanding graduate students in a variety of disciplines, including History, and our students have frequently done quite well in URC competitions.  The URC currently offers Summer Graduate Research Fellowships that provide up to $3000 for two-months of summer research activity

Additional University Awards and Fellowships
In addition to the URC, graduate students are eligible to receive a number of other forms of funding through UC.  Incoming history graduate students can be nominated for University Distinguished Graduate Fellowships, which provide three years of support at the MA and/or PhD level.  The University also offers Distinguished Dissertation Fellowships, the Neff Fellowship for the outstanding woman graduate student in the Arts & Sciences, and Albert C. Yates Fellowships for minority students.  Some of these awards require the student to be nominated by the Department. Others make open calls for applications from qualified students.  The deadlines and funding level for these various awards vary slightly from year to year, and interested students in the Department should make sure to contact the Director of Graduate Studies in January to find out about funding opportunities and deadlines for the coming year.

Graduate Student Governance Association (GSGA) Travel and Research Grants
The GSGA offers small grants to graduate students to defray the cost of research, travel to conferences, and conference expenses. Students apply at the beginning of the quarter to the GSGA office. Each student is eligible for a one-time grant of up to $400 for research and an unlimited number of smaller grants, usually $100-200, for conferences. Since the GSGA serves all graduate students at the university, not all applicants receive grants each time they apply. Those who have not been awarded grants previously normally take priority.

Werner E. Von Rosenstiel Fund
Werner E. Von Rosenstiel, a devoted friend of the Department who studied at UC as an undergraduate, has generously endowed a fund that provides grant money for conference and research travel as well as language study to students specializing in modern European history. Students in other fields who have a research interest in modern Europe are also eligible to apply.  Awards range up to $2000 per year. Monies from the Von Rosenstiel Fund are also used to provide enhancements for select scholarships.

The Zane L. Miller Fellowship in American City History
Every year the Department of History grants a Miller Fellowship to support a doctoral student pursuing work in American urban history: the history of cities, their regions, neighborhoods and suburbs, past and present. Currently the fellowship provides $1,000, as a supplement for other fellowships, grants, or scholarships.

The award is named for the University of Cincinnati’s famed urban historian, Zane L. Miller, currently emeritus in the Department of History. Miller served on U.C.’s faculty from 1966, the year he earned his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago under the supervision of Richard C. Wade, until his “retirement” in 1999. While at U.C., Miller authored numerous books and articles, mentored dozens of doctoral students, and for many years edited an urban book series at Ohio State University Press. Miller is still an active scholar and mentor. He edits a new book series at Temple University Press, entitled Urban Life, Landscape and Policy. He lives in Pace, Florida.

Roger Daniels Summer Fellowship
Every spring the Department of History offers a Roger Daniels Fellowship to support doctoral research. Preference is given to doctoral students who have completed at least one year at the University of Cincinnati. This year’s fellowship award will be $1,500.

This award is named in honor of Roger Daniels, Charles Phelps Taft Professor Emeritus of History. He is the author of numerous books, most concerning immigration and the incarceration of Japanese-Americans. Daniels joined the Department of History as chair in 1976. He became emeritus in 2002. During his years at U.C., Daniels was a strong supporter of the Department’s doctoral program, and he directed the dissertations of many students. Among his recent publications are Guarding the Golden Door: American Immigration Policy and Immigrants (2004); and expanded editions of Coming to America: A History of Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life (2002, original edition published in 1990); and Prisoners Without Trial: Japanese Americans in World War II (2004, original edition published in 1997).

Other Awards not directly Affiliated with UC.

Nationally Competitive Awards

American Historical Association Awards and Fellowships