Funding is one of the most important considerations for most graduate students. While Marquette tries to ensure funding for most of its Ph.D. and Masters candidates, outside funding is both useful and necessary. It helps to supplement Ph.D. students’ research pursuits and it is a valuable addition to a curriculum vitae for those students who are looking to set themselves apart in the increasingly competitive job market. To aid students in the process of locating funding sources, we have compiled a list of fellowships, scholarships, and research and travel grants. All students are strongly encouraged to apply for outside funding at some point during their graduate careers. The following list is not comprehensive, so remember to conduct further research on funding that is more particular to your research interests and circumstances. In addition, outside funding needs are unique to the individual, so it is highly advised that you begin talking with your advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies to determine your particular funding needs.
The department may choose to nominate you for one of three major fellowships which are useful for history students: the Schmidt, Smith, and Raynor Fellowships. All relevant information for these fellowships can be obtained at that time from the Director of Graduate Studies.
In addition, the department selects two doctoral candidates to serve as teaching fellows. These individuals will be provided an opportunity to conduct their own survey-level course in American history or Western Civilization, and will serve the department in this capacity for two semesters.
In addition to these university-based awards, students are encouraged to pursue outside sources of funding. Marquette offers a number of resources for grad students to track down such outside funding. The first resource that we recommend you consult is the Marquette University Community of Science Funding Opportunities Database. This can be accessed on all Marquette University computers and from home computers via MU VPN at www.cos.com. Here students will find opportunities sponsored by private foundations, public agencies, national or local governments, corporations and more. Searches can be conducted by field of interest. More information about how to best navigate this database can be found here.
We recommend that you conduct searches of library, archive, or conference websites for research and travel grants. The majority of national conferences and annual meetings offer graduate student travel grants that generally range from $200-$500. Other resources include large private organizations, state libraries, presidential libraries, and national archives. These sources will often offer research grant programs for students and scholars.
Many of the fellowships listed below are designed for history graduate students. Some are not specifically targeted at history research, but might be useful depending on the topic and the degree of creativity you use with your application.