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Graduate Student Funding

The Department of History maintains several assistantships, fellowships and awards (described below) to support our most promising graduate students. Departmental stipends are currently above or at part with nearly all other MA programs in the region. Graduate students who receive funding at EIU also enjoy a number of additional benefits.

The low cost of living in Charleston means that stipends are actually higher in real dollar terms. Most forms of aid also come with summer tuition waivers, so you can complete your degree faster and with a minimal financial cost to you.

Please note: The deadline for consideration for graduate assistantships, departmental fellowships, and the IRAD internship is March 1 for the succeeding academic year.

Graduate Assistantships

The history department awards a number of graduate assistantships to highly promising MA students. Awarded on a competitve basis, graduate assistantships are normally for the nine-month academic year and include a stipend and tuition waiver (graduate assistants are responsible for student fees).

Departmental stipends are currently $840 per month. Graduate assistants must be enrolled as full-time students in courses approved by the graduate coordinator. They are required to work an average of 15-17 hours a week under the direction of the coordinator or department chair. They may be expected to proctor exams, serve as tutors, give occasional guest lectures, act as research assistants, and provide other services for the department.

Techonology in History Fellowship

The department also awards one Technology in History fellowship per year to a History or Historical Administration graduate student who has skills and interest in helping the department develop its web-based Center for Local History. Fellows enroll full-time in graduate coursework and receive a stipend and tuition waiver and gain valuable computer and web-design skills while working on the integration of local and regional history with on-line technologies.

IRAD Internship

In conjunction with EIU's Booth Library, the History Department offers graduate students the opportunity to gain library and archives experience through the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) Internship Program. Interns work approximately 20 hours per week in the University Archives and receive a monthly stipend (currently $700 a month), a tuition waiver, and up to $2,500 per year to cover the cost of student fees.

IRAD interns are appointed for the academic year, and often those appointments run into the summer months as well. Interns must be enrolled full-time.

Coleman Scholarship

The Coleman Scholarship was created through the generous contribution of Charles H. and Dorothee Coleman, the former a longtime professor of history at EIU. The scholarship is meant to recognize the fundamental importance of history teaching in our society, and is normally awarded to one outstanding full-time graduate student pursuing a teaching career at the secondary education level. The award provides a semester tuition waiver and stipend.

Other Sources of Funding

We offer yearly a number of monetary awards for outstanding work in the MA program, including the Warner and Syndergaard Scholarships.

Both the department and Graduate School offer competitive grants for students giving papers at conferences.

History MA students in the past have succeeded in winning several University-wide graduate fellowship competitions including the Francis Meyer Hampton Scholarship (up to $20,000 for two years), ROTC scholarships, and other special awards and scholarships (see the Graduate Catalog for descriptions and eligibility requirements).

The International Student Office offers foreign students International Student Scholarships (tuition waivers).

Each year the Hamand Graduate Writing Award competition for writing in history is open to MA students. Sizable cash awards are given for prize-winning essays and/or thesis chapters.