Financial Support

All students admitted to the PhD program in history are provided with a five-year funding package, consisting of full tuition, stipend, and medical insurance.  The plan combines four terms of full fellowship support with six terms of appointment as a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) as well as summer support. Beyond the fifth year, most graduate students in our program receive additional support for the time required to complete the dissertation, including teaching opportunities, departmental fellowships, tuition-only fellowships, and a “finishing up” grant for the term of the dissertation defense. Funding is conditional upon satisfactory progress toward the degree and satisfactory fulfillment of teaching obligations.

Students are also encouraged to apply for funding from other sources. Such awards provide financial assistance and also act as formal recognition of the students’ accomplishments and promise as researchers and teachers. To reward our students who secure external funding, the program provides health insurance and “tops up” fellowships to a level equal to what would have been received from the department for the period of time covered by the grant.

The University of Michigan offers many forms of research support for graduate students across different departments.  Rackham Graduate School provides opportunities for conference travel grants, research and travel funds, and specific programs for international research.  Our advanced graduate students have had substantial success securing generous multi-term fellowships from Rackham Graduate School, the U-M Institute for the Humanities and the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.  

Additionally, our students obtain grants from external organizations including the Fulbright Foundation, Javits Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Mellon Foundation, National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) to name just a few.

Financial Support FAQ

Do I need to apply for funding as an incoming student?

All incoming students receive the same basic package of funding. No separate application is necessary.

Are international students eligible for fellowship funding?

Yes, all students admitted to our program will receive a five-year funding package, regardless of citizenship.

Do I need a separate application for the FLAS fellowship?

Students interested in applying for the FLAS fellowship must submit an application to the appropriate area center. Please refer to the U-M International Institute website for details. The History Department can provide copies of your admissions file to the area center upon your request. Please contact us at

When will I receive my first fellowship check?

Your fellowship stipend will be transferred into your personal bank account on the Friday before the start of the Fall term. The program will automatically enter tuition funding into your U-M account to pay for your courses.

Do you provide students with funding for research and attending conferences?

Yes. The History Department provides every student with summer research support and the opportunity to apply for departmental Research Study and Travel Grants. Rackham provides awards to students who are presenting a paper or a poster at a conference and also provides Graduate Student Research Grants to support students who need assistance to carry out research.