Department Awards & Fellowships

The History Department offers a number of awards and fellowship opportunities.

  • The Allen Davis Endowed Fellowship in Public History is awarded to an incoming PhD student who is interested in public history. 
  • The Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy Awards provides several additional fellowships and grants to students in the History PhD program.
  • The Jeffrey Bower Research Award is given to a Temple University graduate student of military or diplomatic history. Preference is given to students who incorporate a study of technology into their work.
  • The John Votaw Research Award is an endowed research award for Temple graduate students of diplomatic and military history, with preference for students studying military history.
  • The Marvin Wachman Fellowship in Force and Diplomacy is awarded to a Temple University graduate student working in the history of U.S. foreign relations.
  • The Sergeant Major William F. Berger Prize Endowed Fellowship for War and Society is made possible by the generosity of Joseph Eble, who received his MA in History from Temple in 1997. Eble previously earned a graduate degree from the U.S. Naval War College in National Security and Strategic Studies, and he served in the U.S. Navy for 21 years before retiring as a commander. Fellows receive a stipend, and they work to advance the History Department’s concentration in War and Society, a vital dimension of the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy. 
  • The Thomas J. Davis Endowed Fellowship in Diplomacy and Foreign Relations is made possible by the generosity of Todd Davis, who received his PhD in History from Temple in 2002 and served as the first graduate assistant for development for the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy. Fellows receive a stipend and are dedicated to advancing the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy.

Dissertation Completion Grant

Every semester, the Graduate Council may nominate between one and three PhD students to receive a University Dissertation Completion Grant. Departmental nomination does not guarantee receipt of the Dissertation Completion Grant. Receipt of this grant disqualifies a student from receiving additional financial support from Temple University.

Part-time Instructors

PhD candidates in the history department at Temple are eligible for appointment as part-time instructors. The department chair, after consulting with the director of graduate studies, is responsible for these appointments. The director will consider whether the candidate has assisted in the course, and if so, consult the faculty whom the student has assisted. Priority will be given to those qualified students who have not had the opportunity previously to teach independently.

Graduate Fellowships

Fellowships are available through Temple’s graduate school for students with exceptional academic records. They include

  • Presidential fellowships, which are reserved for only the most outstanding candidates; and
  • university fellowships, which are intended to support students who demonstrate outstanding potential for success in their chosen fields.

These fellowships provide a stipend plus tuition for two years. Learn more about fellowship opportunities for graduate students.

Fellowship Advising

Find information regarding fellowships on the Scholar Development and Fellowships Advising page including resources for preparing a competitive application.

If you are considering applying for a graduate fellowship, schedule an appointment to meet with the fellowships advisor.

Research and Teaching Assistantships 

As a graduate student, you may apply for a research or teaching assistantship.

  • Research assistantships are awarded competitively. Research assistants work up to 20 hours a week and are compensated with a basic health insurance plan, a stipend and tuition remission.
  • Teaching assistantships typically require you to work 20 hours a week in support of the department’s undergraduate programs. You’ll be compensated with a basic health insurance plan, nine credits of tuition remission per term and a nine-month stipend.

Learn more about becoming a graduate teaching or research assistant

University Scholarships

The Phi Delta Gamma Scholarship Fund award goes to a graduate student who demonstrates outstanding scholarship and evidence of community service.

External Funding

Certain organizations outside of Temple University provide grants, fellowships, scholarships and other awards for graduate students.

Learn more about the numerous external awards and funds available to graduate students.

Federal Financial Aid

Federal Stafford Loans

Applying for federal Stafford loans requires completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). At Temple University, unsubsidized Stafford loans are available to full-time graduate students up to a maximum amount of $20,500 annually.

Federal Work-study

Eligibility for the Federal Work-study Program is based on the applicant’s need as determined by the information on the applicant’s FAFSA. In addition, students must be enrolled at least half time and maintain satisfactory academic progress. Students are paid biweekly for hours worked.

Learn about aid, scholarship and work-study options at Student Financial Services and find information on costs, aid and more for graduate students.