Financial Assistance

Graduate Assistantships

Students wishing to be considered for an appointment as a Teaching Assistant should complete the application form as a part of their application for admission.

First-time Teaching Assistants must complete the department's Supervised Teaching course in the first semester as a TA. This multifaceted course is designed to introduce new assistants to the teaching resources available at FIU, and to teaching and learning methodologies that have proven successful in the historical profession.

Eligibility

Graduate Assistantships are awarded competitively. Normally, the assignment takes the form of a Teaching Assistantship. To be considered for Graduate Assistantships, students must fulfill all the following criteria:

  • be fully admitted (Special Student status does not meet this criterion)
  • be degree-seeking
  • have full-time status (requires 9 graduate credits in Fall and Spring and, in the case of doctoral students, 6 graduate credits in Summer)
  • be in good academic standing (minimum GPA of 3.0 each semester)

Coverage

Graduate Assistantships normally include two elements: partial tuition coverage and a stipend. Fees are not covered. M.A. students are usually awarded Graduate Assistantships for two semesters (typically Fall and Spring). Ph.D. students are awarded calendar-year-round Graduate Assistantships for twelve months.

Tuition waivers are provided from state funds unless the graduate student has external grant funding that covers the tuition. Tuition waivers do not include student fees.

Stipends are the bi-weekly salaries that Graduate Assistants receive for their assigned work. Assignments to graduate assistants are done by the Graduate Program Director. In most cases, the assignment consists of a Teaching Assistantship. TAs assist History faculty members in teaching and evaluating students who take lower-division courses. Graduate Assistants may also be assigned as Research Assistants and Writing in History Tutors.

Re-appointments depend on meeting Annual Evaluation criteria. The Annual Evaluation is conducted by the Graduate Program Director based on input provided by the supervising faculty regarding students' academic merit as well as their performance as assistants.

Teaching Assistants are expected to become familiar with the University's policies regarding course administration, grading policies, student academic misconduct, grievances, etc.

The university's comprehensive graduate policies and procedures manual is available from University Graduate School.

Fellowships and Financial Aid

Further sources of financial support include a limited number of graduate fellowships and financial aid. A limited number of waivers of out-of state tuition charges may also be available. Inquiries regarding these sources of support should be addressed to the Graduate Program Director.

Information regarding graduate financial aid is available from the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs and the University Graduate School. In addition, the University Graduate School highly competitive one- and two-semester fellowships for students who are researching and writing their dissertations.

History graduate students in the Latin American concentration have been successful in competing for fellowships offered through the Latin American & Caribbean Center from various sources, including the Mellon Foundation, the Foreign Language and Areas Studies program of the Department of Education, and the Organization of American States, among others.