Financial Assistance

All applicants accepted for the Ph.D. program will receive full funding for 5 years. This includes tuition and University related fees. Aid is restricted to students in the PhD program. The department strives to support every student in good standing as fully as possible.

The department provides limited funds to PhD students to present their research at conferences.  The Director of Graduate Studies will announce the amount available for conference travel each year.  Occasionally, the Graduate School will make available summer research fellowships for advanced PhD students.  If and when these fellowships are available, the Director of Graduate Studies will inform students of the application process.

The Graduate School offers Graduate Research Abroad Fellowships (GRAF) that fund dissertation research, as does the Boston University Center for the Humanities (BUCH). In both cases, History graduate students must apply first to the Director of Graduate Studies, who will review applications with the Graduate Studies Committee.

The General Society of Colonial Wars funds a fellowship, named the General Society of Colonial Wars John Adams Grant for Studies in American Colonial History, for doctoral students working in the period of American history between the founding of Jamestown and the Battle of Lexington. For more information on this fellowship, click here.

For more information about funding opportunities, click here. While this is not a comprehensive list of graduate funding opportunities, it is a good place to start, particularly for pre-dissertation and dissertation research funding.

For current students looking for information about departmental funding, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Sarah Phillips, at