Funding Opportunities

There are a number of ways your graduate education in History may be financially supported. The Department of History reviews applications received for the January 15 deadline and considers what combination of applicants it wishes to fund with Graduate Assistantships (4-6 full time M.A. students and 2-3 Ph.D. students are given Graduate Assistantships each year). No separate application is required for consideration. Admissions decisions and initial funding offers of Graduate Assistantships are usually made in February or early March. Individuals who are admitted without funding offers are placed on a waiting list; if another person who is admitted with funding declines their offer, the waiting list will move. We renew Graduate Assistantships annually (typically, 2 years for M.A. students, 5 years for Ph.D. students) depending on satisfactory academic progress and our funding support from the Graduate College.

There are also funding opportunities for incoming students available through the WMU Graduate College which require a separate application. We strongly urge candidates for admission to apply for the Thurgood Marshall and WMU-GEP Fellowships, if appropriate. Their application deadlines are late February or early March before matriculation. Candidates for the AGDP program may apply for the Stapleton-Reinhold Scholarship after they enroll.

There are many additional funding opportunities for incoming students based on their activities, heritage, gender, ethnicity, family work history, and more. Members of Phi Alpha Theta should consult the national PAT website for scholarships that may only be applied for prior to admission in a graduate program. Veterans would do well to contact the WMU Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, which can offer advice about military scholarships. The WMU Graduate College maintains a brief list of external funding opportunities, but probably the largest database of graduate funding sources is updated regularly by UCLA. Other sizeable grant databases may be found herehere, here, here, and here. Grants, fellowships, and awards are always preferable to loans; to learn more about how financial aid works in graduate schools, start here.

Upon entering the graduate program at WMU, several new types of fellowships and awards become available. The Department of History, the College of Arts & Sciences, and WMU's Graduate College have funding to support research, to fund travel for research, to present research findings at conferences, and to recognize achievements in teaching and research. In the Department of History, a limited number of summer appointments for teaching or research assistant positions may be available, dependent upon on department resources and need. Grants to support the completion of a dissertation for advanced students may be sought from the Graduate College as well. 

Our students have received prestigious Fulbright grants or other national and international fellowships to undertake archival research in Britain, France, Latvia, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Italy, Peru, Liberia and the United States. We encourage students to compete for these awards and support them with advice on the best practices to follow when making their applications.