Financial Support for Graduate Study

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Departmental Teaching Assistantships
Fellowships for Graduate Study
Research Assistantships
Departmental Graduate Student Grants and Awards

Departmental Teaching Assistantships

General Information

M.A. students completing the Option A or B concentration are eligible for a maximum of two years of appointments as teaching assistants. M.A. students in the coordinated program in History and Library and Information Science and in the Public History specialization have three years of eligibility. Doctoral students have four years of eligibility (see below). Teaching assistants must carry a two-course load per semester.

Applications for new and returning teaching assistants are due on December 1. Applications are available on the department’s web page and in the departmental office. New applicants must also have a complete admissions file by the December 1 deadline. Selection of new teaching assistants is based on the strength of the applicant’s admissions file and, for currently enrolled students who are not serving as TAs at the time of their application, on their performance in the graduate program.

Salary, benefits and certain conditions of employment are governed by the MGAA (Milwaukee Graduate Assistants Association) contract. For further information, see the union web site at www.mgaa.org.

Renewals

Second and third year (Public History coordinated degree and doctoral students) renewals of teaching assistantships are granted on the basis of a student’s progress toward degree, strong classroom performance, and good academic standing.

Progress Toward Degree. To be eligible for renewal of a teaching assistantship, M.A. and Ph.D. students must have completed 12 credits during the previous academic year.

Strong Classroom Performance. Teaching assistants will have their appointments renewed only if their classroom performance remains strong and only if they fulfill other duties as required by their teaching assignments (i.e. attendance at the TA orientation and fall and spring teaching workshops). Judgments about teaching performance are based on student evaluation forms and assessments by supervising instructors. Teaching assistants will not have their appointments renewed if they perform poorly in the classroom (e.g. consistently negative evaluations or excessive complaints) or if they fail to perform other duties related to their assignment adequately.

Good Academic Standing. Teaching assistants must maintain at least a 3.33 average and have no incomplete grades to be eligible for renewal. Any incomplete grades at the end of the spring semester must be cleared before July 15th to maintain eligibility. Incomplete work must be submitted to the instructor at least one week before the July 15th deadline so that there is adequate time for the instructor to grade the work and process the necessary forms. It is the student’s responsibility to make these arrangements with the instructor in advance and to inform the Director of Graduate Studies that the incomplete has been cleared.

Fourth Year Renewal for Doctoral Students. It is expected that a funded doctoral student serving as a Teaching Assistant will satisfy the language requirement and take preliminary exams during the third year of funded doctoral study. A mandatory meeting of the doctoral student, her/his advisor, and the Director of Graduate Studies must be held at the end of the second year or the beginning of the third year of funded doctoral study to review funding opportunities for the student once she/he has attained dissertator status. During the third year of funded graduate study, the doctoral student, with the help of the advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies, must apply for fellowships that are available from UWM and other sources that will help to support the student during the fourth year of graduate study. A student who does not receive a grant or fellowship by the end of the third year of funded doctoral study will be eligible for a fourth year teaching assistantship, provided that she/he has completed the language requirement and passed the preliminary examination.

Fellowships for Graduate Study

Graduate School Fellowships

Approximately 14 Graduate School fellowships are awarded annually to exceptional newly admitted or currently enrolled UWM graduate students. Awards are for full-time study only. In the academic year 2007-08 (fall/spring), fellows receive a stipend of $11,332 plus full coverage of resident tuition/fees (approximately $7,100 for 6 credits) and remission of nonresident tuition (for students who are not residents of Wisconsin). The application deadline is December 1. Awards are announced by early April. Online information and applications are available at www.graduateschool.uwm.edu/students/financial-support/fellowships. Application materials should be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, Holton Hall, P.O. Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201.

Graduate School Dissertation Fellowships

Approximately 14 Dissertation Fellowships are awarded to students with dissertator status. Applicants must have obtained dissertator status by September 1 of the award year. Fellows currently receive a stipend of $14,000 for the 2007-08 academic year. The application deadline is November 1. Awards are announced by mid-January. Application materials should be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, Holton Hall, P.O. Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201.

AOP Fellowships

Approximately 30 Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP) Diversity Fellowships are awarded annually to disadvantaged members of groups underrepresented in graduate study. Under-represented groups include but are not limited to: a) African American; b) Latino; c) American Indian/Alaskan Native; and d) statutorily designated Southeast Asian (a person who was admitted to the U.S. after December 31, 1975, and who is either a former citizen of Laos, Vietnam, or Cambodia or whose ancestor was or is a citizen of Laos, Vietnam, or Cambodia). All awards are for full-time study. Applicants must be American citizens or permanent residents of the United States. In the academic year 2002-03 (fall/spring), fellows receive a stipend of $12,000 plus full coverage of resident tuition/fees (approximately $6,200) and $3,000 for Summer Session plus full coverage of resident tuition/fees (approximately $1,545). Nonresident tuition is remitted for all Fellows who are not residents of Wisconsin. The application deadline is December 1. Awards are announced by early April. Online information and applications are available at www.graduateschool.uwm.edu/students/financial-support/fellowships. Application materials should be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, Holton Hall, P.O. Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201.

External Fellowships and Grants

There are a number of opportunities for external funding for research work, including but not limited to small targeted grants to use research collections, grants that support research in particular subject areas and fellowships for overseas research. Contact the Director of Graduate Studies for more information about these possibilities.

Research Assistantships

UWM graduate students have the opportunity to work as Research Assistants for the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee, a print and digital history project headed by Prof. Amanda I. Seligman and Prof. Margo Anderson. Prospective graduate students at the master’s degree or doctoral level who are interested in applying for a position as a Research Assistant should send Mr. Robert Powell (powellr@uwm.edu) an email application that includes a cover letter, contact information for a faculty reference, and a CV by January 15, 2014. We will also review the writing sample and the transcript filed with your program application. Interviews will be conducted in person or via Skype in late January or early February. If you have questions, please email Professor Amanda I. Seligman at seligman@uwm.edu.

Full Research Assistant position description (doc)

Departmental Graduate Student Grants and Awards

Departmental Research Travel Grants

The Department has a limited amount of funds available to support thesis research. Preference is given to students who need to travel to research collections outside Milwaukee. Applicants for travel grants must prepare a statement of purpose outlining the research they plan to conduct and its significance for their thesis, along with a budget of anticipated expenses. For more information and deadlines, contact the Director of Graduate Studies.

A.T. Brown Award for the Best Graduate Paper

For the best graduate paper completed in a graduate History course during the previous academic year (September -August). Papers may be submitted by their authors or nominated by instructors. Deadline: Early November of each year. Please contact the Chair of the Department of History for the exact deadline and the name of the chair of the awards committee, to whom papers are to be sent.

A.T. Brown Award for Best Graduate Thesis

All History M.A. theses completed during the previous academic year (September-August) will be automatically considered for the award. One award, to be announced in December. No application is necessary.

Frederick I. Olson Scholarship

Awarded to a graduate student who is a Wisconsin resident, is enrolled in six or more graduate credits, and demonstrates financial need as documented by FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid – see www.FAFSA.gov). Should two or more students have equal need, the most academically qualified student will be selected. Masters students are eligible for a one-year renewal; doctoral students are eligible for a two-year renewal. One award of $2,500. Deadline: January 1 of each year. For further information contact the Director of Graduate Studies.

Frank P. Zeidler Graduate Student Award

Awarded to a student in pursuit of his/her Master's degree in American history at UWM to support research or travel expenses. Preference will be given for: students exploring the international relationship between the United States and foreign countries; to a foreign student of American History, or a local student of American History, or, barring that, a student in any history field; a student eligible to receive, or currently receiving, a UWM Teaching Assistantship. Candidate must have completed all requirements for an undergraduate degree by May and have substantial preparation in American Studies and/or American history. For full aid for the M.A. degree the recipient must apply for admission to the UWM Graduate School and for a teaching assistantship in the History Department, as well as meet visa and other requirements for international study in the U.S., be fluent in English and have obtained a minimum TOEFL score of 550 PBT or 213 CBT, and a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or higher. One annual award of $2,000. Deadline December 1 of each year. For further information contact the Director of Graduate Studies.

Ellen Healy Award for Graduate Studies

An award of $1,000 to be given annually to a current student in the Master's or Ph.D. program in History with a preference for a student who has not received any other award (including a TA or RA-ship). Each annual winner will be given a written biographical summary of the late Ellen Healy, an alumna and onetime teaching assistant in the Department. No formal application necessary. For further information contact the Director of Graduate Studies.

David F. Healy Fellowship

Awarded to a graduate of Nottingham University (UK) and nominated by the Department of History or Program in American Studies at Nottingham University. The fellowship is tenable for two years and consists of a teaching assistantship (including tuition remission, health benefits, and stipend). Applicants must follow usual application process for the M.A. in UWM Department of History.