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Graduate Financial Aid

The TCU Department of History offers various forms of financial aid for incoming and returning students in the graduate program on a competitive basis. The number and value of available fellowships vary from year to year. In addition, TCU has an active work-study program and student loans available to students who meet the financial need criteria. To be considered for financial aid, new applicants must submit a financial aid application by February 1.

For incoming students primary consideration is given to grade point averages, Graduate Record Examination scores, and letters of recommendation. For returning students primary consideration is given to record as a graduate student (incomplete grades are detrimental) and performance as a Graduate or Teaching Assistant.
The following limits are observed, depending on one’s degree program:

  • Students pursuing the M.A. are limited to two years of financial aid.
  • Ph.D. students who come to TCU with the M.A. in hand are limited to four years of financial aid.
  • Students who acquire a MA en route to a PhD, both at TCU, are limited to five years of financial aid.

Students applying for financial aid should learn the results of their application by April 1. Although successful applicants have until April 15 to accept or decline an offer, a prompt reply is requested. Formal offers come only from the Dean's office, but the Department will try to advise successful applicants in advance concerning the amount of the award for which they have been nominated.

The Department recognizes the importance of teaching to the graduate student experience as well as to the professional training of historians. As such, the Department maintains contacts with many colleges and universities in the area and can often help students find teaching opportunities within the DFW metroplex.

Departmental Support

The categories of department aid consist of the following:

The Ida M. Green Fellowship

Awarded to a first-year doctoral student, carries a cash stipend, a tuition waiver, and no assigned duties.

Teaching Assistantships (TA)

Carry a cash stipend and a tuition waiver. Recipients normally teach one class per semester. These awards are generally not available to first-year graduate students and typically go to advanced doctoral students.

Graduate Assistantships (GA)

Carry a cash stipend and tuition waiver. The Department may also award a limited number of tuition-only Graduate Assistantships in any specific year. Recipients work as teaching, research, editorial, or administrative assistants.

Department Dissertation Fellowship

This award provides $20,000 and tuition hours to one history graduate student to support the completion of a doctoral dissertation. (due February 20)

The Benjamin W. Schmidt Memorial Scholarship

Enables one TCU history graduate student each year to work  exclusively on his or her dissertation for one academic year.  This most prestigious award in the graduate program provides $25,000 and tuition hours to support the completion of a doctoral dissertation. (due February 20)

Application Form for Internal Aid pdf

Application Information for Dissertation & Schmidt Awards pdf

Travel Funds for History Graduate Students

Certain funds are available within the history department to support graduate student travel for purposes of research or to attend scholarly conferences, especially to present a paper or to interview for a job.

The Boller Fund and Worcester Fund provide small travel grants in varying amounts (usually less than $500) to help defray the cost of graduate students traveling to attend scholarly conferences or to do research. The Worcester Fund was established in honor of late TCU history professor Donald E. Worcester. The Boller Fund was established through the generosity of Professor Emeritus Paul F. Boller.

Boller-Worcester Travel Grant Application pdf

In order to apply for a Boller-Worcester Trravel Grant, submit a completed application form to the Graduate Advisor. The application should include a description of the project and a detailed budget of what expenses will be incurred. If the purpose of travel is research, submit a prospectus of the project for which you are researching along with a detailed explanation of how the funded research will further that project. The deadline to apply for a Boller-Worcester Travel Grant in fall semester is November 1 and for spring semester May 1. Funds will be awarded by decision of the Graduate Committee. Please note that all grant recipients will need to present receipts for all expenses covered by the grant in order to receive reimbursement. Reimbursement forms are available in the History Office.

Boller Dissertation Fellowship Application pdf

The Boller Dissertation Fellowship, also thanks to the generosity of Prof. Boller, provides up to $2,000 to enable one graduate student per year to do extensive travel for dissertation research. In the application for the Boller Dissertation Fellowship, applicants should make clear:

  • The nature of your dissertation and its significance within your field of study,
  • The reason that extended travel outside the Fort Worth area is necessary in order to write your dissertation,
  • The specific locations you plan to visit, what you plan to accomplish there, and
  • A detailed budget itemizing the projected cost of travel.

The deadline for submitting Boller Dissertation Fellowship applications in each academic year is May 1. The fellowship will be awarded by the decision of the Graduate Committee. Please remember that as in the case of the smaller Boller and Worcester Fund travel grants, you will need to present receipts for all expenses covered by your grant , including any for which you may have received an advance.

Outside Funding

In addition to the Departmental Awards listed above, the Department strongly encourages students to apply for external awards such as the following:

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies

The Mellon Fellowship program awards numerous generous grants each year to first-year graduate students in the humanities, including history.

James Madison Fellowships

The James Madison Fellowship program awards fellowships to students pursuing a master's degree in U.S. history and certain other fields.

Richard M. Weaver Fellowships
Administered by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, the Weaver Fellowship Program “assists future teachers who are motivated, as was Professor Weaver, by the need to integrate the idea of liberal education with their teaching efforts, and, in so doing, to restore to university studies their distinction and worth.” More than 400 Weaver Fellowships have been granted since the program's inception in 1964.

Salvatori Fellowships

Administered by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, the Salvatori Fellowships are given for graduate work related to the American Founding Fathers. Two of these fellowships are awarded annually.

Western Civilization Fellowships

Administered by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, the Western Civilization Fellowship Program supports graduate work related to Western Civilization studies. Three of these fellowships are awarded annually.

Fulbright Grants

Sponsored by the United States Department of State and the Institute of International Education, Fulbright provides funds for students, scholars and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

OAS Fellowships

The Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development (IACD) of the Organization of American States (OAS) administers one of the hemisphere's largest multinational fellowships and training programs. Every year, the Agency provides several hundred fellowships for graduate studies and research.

Jacob K. Javits Fellowships

The purpose of the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program is to award fellowships to eligible students of superior ability, selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise, to undertake graduate study in selected fields in the arts, humanities, and social sciences leading to a doctoral degree.

Click here for a list of additional outside fellowships, grants, and internships.