Financial Support

Students are eligible for a variety of financial aid opportunities on a competitive basis.


Several teaching assistant (TA) positions are available to qualified history graduate students in the master's program. A TA position includes a stipend of approximately $14,000. Some students may also receive partial tuition scholarships based on availability. In return, the TA works with a professor in an introductory-level undergraduate course. Typically, TAs grade tests and papers, assist students in understanding course material and perform other classroom duties.

Applicants for the TA position should declare their candidacy in the personal statement submitted with their admission applications. They should describe their qualifications and explain how a TA will help them fulfill their educational goals. The Financial Aid Office will assist with various other means of financing graduate study at VCU.

A TA is eligible to receive four semesters of aid provided they are performing at a satisfactory level in their own graduate coursework and as a teaching assistant. A TA does not need to apply for an assistantship each semester. TAs are selected by the department’s graduate affairs committee. History students may also find additional opportunities for assistantships in other university programs. Please see the VCU Graduate School for more information.

Travel Funds

Due to the generosity of VCU alum F. Robert Schilling Jr., history graduate students are eligible to apply for annual travel funds for up to $1,000 in order to conduct research or attend a conference. See the Schilling Fund Award section below for more information. Additional funding for conference travel is available from the VCU Graduate School. You must submit an application.

Scholarships and Awards

The College of Humanities and Sciences offers more than 100 scholarship opportunities to currently enrolled students annually. The system features a searchable database of opportunities and details the requirements for each. The application process opens early January and closes late February.

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Of the scholarships and awards in the College of Humanities and Sciences database, those listed below are offered to graduate students through the history department. The majority of them are supported by, or endowed in honor of, former members of our faculty, in a tangible representation of their deep commitment to VCU and to history as discipline.

Visit the Scholarship and Award Archives to view the names of past scholarship/award recipients.

Scholarships and Awards Contact

Joseph Bendersky, Ph.D.

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