Teaching Assistantships & Fellowships, Grants, and Prizes
The History Department has a limited number of Teaching Assistant positions available each year. Most are awarded to students as part of multi-year recruitment packages; a few are available to students who do not have guaranteed funding. TA work consists of grading examinations and other assignments and holding weekly office hours. (For more information about departmental expectations for TAs see related documents in the Useful Info panel on the right.)
Teaching Assistants who hold an M.A. (or have completed at least 30 hours of graduate coursework) receive a stipend in the amount of $14,779 per year; TAs who do not hold an M.A. receive $13,416. All TAs holding regular appointments of at least 20 hours a week also receive health insurance benefits and tuition assistance (see Office of Graduate Studies' TA/AI Tuition Assistance web page).
TA assignments to specific courses are generally made several weeks before the start of each semester. Assignment preferences are solicited from faculty and prospective TAs before the assignments are made; TAs also have the opportunity at this time to provide information about their schedules to so that TA assignments do not interfere with coursework. Although every effort is made to accommodate faculty and student preferences, because of the number of courses and respective schedules that need to be coordinated, faculty and students may not always get their first, or even third, registered preferences.
The History Department also regularly employs two Graduate Research Assistants to work with the Department Chair and the Graduate Adviser. The GRAs are paid at the same rate as TAs and receive health insurance benefits. In addition, the department pays their tuition.
Note that graduate students who hold TA or GRA positions are eligible for in-state tuition rates. They must, however, file for a waiver each semester before their bill is due. Students may file for a waiver through UT Direct: Tuition Bill Waivers.
International students who hold TA or GRA positions are also eligible for insurance waivers. For more information, visit the International Office - Student Insurance waiver website.
Students who are not native speakers of English must pass a language examination before they can be appointed to positions as Teaching Assistants. For more information, visit the International Office - ESL Services website: http://www.utexas.edu/student/esl/.
For more information about graduate student employment, visit the Office of Graduate Studies' student employment page: Student Employment, Academic Appointments.
Fellowships, Grants, and Prizes
History Department Fellowship
Each year the History Department offers recruitment fellowships to a number of incoming graduate students based on their regular admission applications; no separate fellowship application is required. Each recruitment fellowship carries a stipend of $20,000 per year, plus tuition and a health insurance supplement; such fellowships are generally combined with a multi-year offer of Teaching Assistantships.
In addition, the department offers continuing fellowships to a number of its currently enrolled graduate students. These awards are generally made in the fourth year and are based on the students’ records since entering graduate school, research proposals, personal statements, and letters of recommendation. Application deadline is March 13, 2015.
Carlos E. Castañeda Fellowship
Awarded to one or more graduate students in Latin American history. Recipients, who must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and must have been admitted to candidacy, are selected by the faculty of the Latin American Area Committee. The stipend varies.
Available to History graduate students in any field of history to help defray research expenses, principally travel to archives, and copying costs. Applications are considered each fall and spring semester. Students generally receive no more than $1,000 per academic year. Preference is given to students who have received less than $2,000 in previous awards.
Professional Development Award
Available to History graduate students who have advanced to candidacy to help pay conference expenses for presenting at a major professional conference. Only students who have had papers accepted for presentation may apply. Applications are considered each fall and spring semester. Stipends vary but are generally between $200 and $500.
Barnes Lathrop Prize
Awarded annually to honor the best dissertation written in the university History Department during the past academic year. The deadline for faculty members to submit nominations is March 1.
Jan Carleton Perry Prize
Awarded annually to honor the best master’s report or thesis written in the university History Department during the past academic year. The deadline for faculty members to submit nominations is March 1.
Raymond Estep Prize
Awarded annually to honor the best paper on a topic in Latin American history written by a graduate student enrolled in a History Department graduate research seminar during the past academic year. The selection is made by the faculty of the Latin American Area Committee.
Last Updated: July 7, 2010