​​Funding opportunities for graduate study in the department of history are available for qualified students in the traditional MA and Joint MA/PhD programs. Based on twenty hours per week of teaching or working in a professional capacity (e.g., editorial assistant, conference co-director, museum assistant), funding packages ordinarily include a combination of tuition scholarships, remission of course-related fees, and a stipend. Funding details vary according to program, the availability of funds from university and other sources, and may be contingent on successful progress toward the degree sought. The stipend is determined each year by the CMU Board of Trustees. The tuition scholarship can only be used for courses on the graduate degree program or those otherwise approved by the student's graduate advisor.

Funding Application Deadlines

  • MA funding applications for the spring semester: November 3
  • MA funding applications for the fall semester: March 3
  • New Joint MA/PhD funding applications: January 3 (for admission in the fall)
  • Progress reports from continuing Joint PhD students: January 15 (for funding in the next academic year)

New Applicants

MA Funding

Masters Assistantships in History are awarded on a competitive basis to students with outstanding academic records who are enrolled full-time in the masters degree program in history​. The funding package includes a stipend, a tuition scholarship for up to ten credit hours per semester, and remission of most course-related fees.

  • In addition to the funding application, you will need to submit a Statement of Purpose, in which you describe your academic background and preparation including any language preparation or abilities beyond English (important), identify the area or areas of history you want to study, and outline your career goals. If you would like some tips on how to write a personal statement, take a look at this article.

NOTE: Once a current award expires, currently funded MA's must submit a new funding application in order to be considered for additional funding.

Joint MA/PhD Funding

Students admitted to the Joint MA/PhD program are ordinarily awarded funding upon admission. Since the departmental application described in the second step of the Joint Program application instructions also serves as an application for funding, newly admitted Joint Program students do not need to fill out separate forms for funding.

Currently Funded Students

Doctoral Students

All currently funded doctoral students eligible for funding in the following academic year must submit a Joint MA/PhD Progress Report in order to be eligible for continuation of funding. Doctoral students must discuss their progress with their advisors and are responsible for ensuring that advisors have sufficient  time and information to make a recommendation and sign the form before the deadline of January 15.

The full form should be completed every year. Doctoral students may therefore wish to use the Microsoft Word versions of the form instead of the PDF, in order to save information electronically and use it in future progress reports. The PDF and Word versions of the form are identical.

  • Joint MA/PhD Progress Report (PDF) | (Word)

Master's Students

Currently funded master's students must submit a new funding application in order to be considered for additional funding once their current award expires.