Funding Graduate Study in History at UIC

Information about tuition and fees

Tuition and fees are set by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. The tuition and fee schedule at UIC is fairly elaborate so it is important to understand what your charges will be, as well as your payment obligations. This information is available from the Office of Admissions and Records. Please be aware that a tuition-and-service-fee waiver does not cover all fees.


Financial support

UIC offers three types of financial support for graduate students in history: (1) Teaching Assistantships; (2) Tuition and Fee Waivers; and (3) Departmental or University Fellowships and Awards. All three are discussed below.  Financial Aid Forms are available from the following sources:
    Download online forms: financial aid form
    Request Application materials by phone: UIC Graduate College 312 413 2550
    Request Application by email:
    Request Application materials by mail: UIC Graduate College (m/c 192)
    606 University Hall
    601 S. Morgan St.
    Chicago, IL 60607-7106


Note: All students applying for financial aid, whether department or university-based, must submit BOTH the financial aid form AND the Application for Graduate College Admission.

Note: MAT students are not eligible for most forms of departmental financial aid. However, tuition-and-fee waivers occasionally become available.


Teaching assistantships

Almost all assistantships in the Department of History are teaching assistantships, but from time to time a research assistantship may become available. Some students receive a commitment from the department upon admission regarding teaching assistant appointments in the future. Those who do not may apply for a teaching assistant position from semester to semester. TA positions are normally reserved for PhD and MA/PhD students. For general information about assistantships, consult the Graduate College website.

If you have been granted an assistantship there are a number of important steps that have to be undertaken to ensure timely processing and receipt of your first stipend check. You will receive a formal letter of offer from the unit (usually your academic program) that is attempting to hire you. After you have accepted and returned the formal letter of offer for the assistantship, the unit that is hiring you will complete the necessary information in the university database. When the hiring unit completes the previous step, it will trigger an email to you with logon and other information for an online system called NESSIE. In NESSIE, you will need to complete the HR Application and Payroll information (demographic, educational, and bank deposit information). After that is completed in NESSIE, you will be instructed by your hiring unit to complete a Statement of a Drug-Free Workplace and I-9 forms, which you submit to the hiring unit. The I-9 form is viewable in Nessie and includes a list of acceptable official identification you will need to bring in with the completed forms.

For international students on a visa, the hiring unit will send appropriate information to the Office of International Services to initiate an Employee Clearance form. The processing for international students on a visa allows less flexibility in regards to the start date, so it is important to complete the necessary steps in a timely fashion.

It is only after all these stages have been successfully completed that your appointment becomes official and allows you to begin your duties and receive the monthly stipend, which is paid on the 16th. In addition, if the appointment comes with a tuition waiver (contact your unit to find out exactly which parts of the tuition and fees are waived and which are not), it is only at this stage that the waiver is available to be applied to your account, assuming you have also correctly registered for the total hours required to receive the waiver. If the appointment for the assistantship is offered or processed late, or any of the steps outlined above are delayed, there is a possibility of missing your first monthly stipend check. Although you will receive an adjusted payment a month later (assuming the beginning date is properly processed and assuming you worked for that period), not having the first check can cause financial issues you did not anticipate. Therefore, if you do not receive timely responses you should always contact the hiring unit to ensure procedures have not been overlooked. See the Graduate College website for additional assistantship information.

Early in the Fall Semester, a workshop is scheduled for first-time teaching assistants. The purpose of this workshop is to inform students of their responsibilities as teaching assistants, and to exchange ideas as to how best to fulfill those responsibilities. They are also informed about the limits of their duties. In addition, first-time TA’s are very strongly encouraged to attend a campus-wide orientation for new TA’s. The department automatically registers first-time TA’s for this orientation.

Graduate students can interact with their peers at meetings of the History Graduate Society. They are also invited, along with faculty, to weekly lunchtime brownbags, in which faculty and graduate students present the results of their research.


Tuition and Fee Waivers

The History Department awards a limited number of tuition and service fee waivers each semester.

  • Tuition and service fee waivers may be awarded for one semester or for an academic year.
  • To be eligible students much register for at least 12 credit hours during the period of the award.
  • Continuing students must apply by the first Monday in February to renew tuition and fee waivers for the next academic year. Applications must be sent to the Graduate Secretary.


Fellowships and Awards (available to new and continuing students)

    Teaching Assistantships:

    The Department of History awards a limited number of teaching assistantships each semester. These are available to new and continuing students. Teaching assistantships carry a stipend plus a tuition and service fee waiver.

    • Teaching assistantships provide students with an opportunity to gain valuable classroom experience under the supervision of a faculty member, typically by grading and leading discussion sections.
    • Teaching assistantships are ordinarily restricted to Ph.D. students.
    • Initial appointments are made for one academic year (two semesters) and may be renewed for a maximum of six semesters. (It is not necessary to teach six semesters in succession.)
    • Students must apply each year (to the Director of Graduate Studies) to renew the teaching assistantship. Applications are due in the Graduate Secretary's office on the first Monday in February.
    • Teaching assistants must register for at least eight credit hours each semester they teach.

    History Doctoral Awards (HDAs):

    The Department of History awards a limited number of enhanced teaching assistantships to outstanding incoming students. These awards guarantee four years of funding as well as tuition and service fee waivers. History HDAs receive the amount of the normal TA stipend (which also includes a tuition and fee waiver).

    University-wide fellowships and awards:

      • University Fellowships
      • Dean's Scholar Awards
      • Provost's Award
      • Abraham Lincoln Fellowships
      • Diversity Fellowships

    The History Department has been very successful in competing for university-wide fellowships and awards. Each year the Graduate Advisory Committee recommends new and continuing students based on merit. For information on: university-wide fellowships.


    Internal History Department Fellowships and Awards

    Made possible due to the generosity of alumni, faculty, and friends, a number of endowed fellowships and awards are available to support continuing students.  The amount of the awards is contingent on interest rates and the size of the endowment.

    Peter R. D’Agostino Memorial Scholarship Fund

    An annual award for graduate study with preference given to those whose research concentration is in the areas of religious, immigration or transnational history. (Approximately $1,100)

    Deena Allen Memorial Fellowship

    An annual award for Ph.D. candidates who plan research in Europe.  Open to those in Modern European History with preference to those students in British history.  The award is to be used to enable the awardee to take advantage of cultural opportunities while abroad.  This award does not carry a tuition and fee waiver. (Approximately $1,000)

    Bentley Brinkerhoff Gilbert Fellowship

    An annual fellowship to Ph.D. candidates in European history (including Great Britain, Ireland and the territory of the former U.S.S.R.).  The fellowship is to be used for travel for research purposes and personal support during the writing of the dissertation.  The awardee may hold other university and departmental awards but may not hold a teaching assistantship.  This fellowship carries a tuition and fee waiver. (Approximately $4,900)

    Robert V. Remini Scholarship

    An annual award to Ph.D. candidates in American history who are researching and/or writing a dissertation in that field.  This award does not carry a tuition and fee waiver. (Approximately $4,250)

    John B. And Theta Wolf Fellowship

    An annual for Ph.D. candidates whose dissertation is in the field of European, Mediterranean or Middle Eastern history (includes continental Europe, Great Britain, Russian and North Africa).  The award is to defray research and travel expenses.  This award does not carry a tuition and fee waiver. (Approximately $2,000)

    Polish National Alliance Research Award

    An annual award to a graduate student in any field who has completed at least one course in Polish history.  The award requires that the student do an appropriate amount of research in Polish history during the term of the award.  This award carries a tuition and fee waiver. (Approximately $5,000) This Award may not be awarded every year. 

    History of Poland Scholarship

    An annual award to a graduate student or undergraduate majoring in history who has taken or is taking course work related to the History of Poland and has at least a 3.0 grade point average.  This scholarship carries a tuition and fee waiver. (Approximately $13,000) This award may not be awarded every year.  

    Polish Resistance (AK) Foundation Scholarship

    An annual award given to a graduate or undergraduate student of Polish history.  This award does not carry a tuition and fee waiver. (Approximately $1,200)

    Marion S. Miller Dissertation Fellowship

    Two annual dissertation fellowships open to Ph.D. candidates in all fields to be used for either research and/or writing of the dissertation. While all Ph.D. candidates are encouraged to apply, in recent years the preference has been given to applicants who are in the last stages of dissertation completion.

    Leo Schelbert Prize

    An award given to a Ph.D candidate in any field who has demonstrated exceptional interest and skill in teaching. When applying, please include a brief (1-2 page) statement on your teaching philosophy and accomplishments.

    Leo Schelbert Dissertation Prize

    An award given every third year (on average) to recognize the best UIC History dissertation completed during that time period. (Approximately $1,000)

    *Since the awards are dependent on interest rates, the stipend will vary from year to year. Amounts given are approximate and can vary according to the frequency with which the Award is made.


    Financial Aid Information For Continuing Graduate Students in History at UIC

    Continuing students may also apply for Teaching Assistantships, Tuition and Fee Waivers, Provost's Awards, and Dean's Scholar Awards.

    • Applications for financial support from continuing students should be accompanied by a statement of progress, a CV, and a letter of recommendation from the student's advisor.
    • Advanced PhD candidates may occasionally have the opportunity to teach courses of their own.

    Deadline for Continuing Students applying for Financial Aid

    • Continuing students must apply by the first Monday in February to renew tuition and fee waivers for the next academic year.
    • Applications must be sent to the Graduate Secretary.