Our department offers strong financial support to doctoral students on a competitive basis. Our PhD students may apply for teaching assistantships that allow them to work closely with faculty members for the benefit of familiarizing themselves with cutting-edge approaches to in-class and online teaching. The twelve-months-per-year financial support plan includes tuition waivers and contributes to our students' consistent progress toward degree completion.
Additional fellowships and grants are available through the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, the University Graduate School, and other institutions at FIU.
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.
Further sources of financial support include a limited number of graduate fellowships and financial aid. 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.
Students wishing to be considered for an appointment as a teaching assistant (TA) should complete the application form as a part of their application for admission. Please see the University Graduate School's website for more information about the formal elements of a graduate assistantship.
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 teaching and learning methodologies that have proven successful in the historical profession.
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)
Graduate Assistantships for Doctoral Students normally include two elements: partial tuition coverage and a stipend. Fees are not covered. These are 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 for graduate assistants are carried out 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.
Teaching assistants and TA supervisors
Departmental TA Evaluation Form: Graduate Teaching Assistants will be evaluated using this form, which will become part of their departmental record and career dossier.
The Department of History has various fellowship and small grant opportunities available by means of a competitive application process.
Internships for graduate students are a requisite component of the Public History MA and students should liaise with the Public History Coordinator (Dr. Julio Capo) for locating institutions and organizations that offer such placements. With our excellent record of cooperation with many local museums, societies and government bodies, the Department may be able to assist with the placement of interns to fulfill certain other graduate course requirements.
For general Policies and Procedures, please consult the official FIU Graduate Catalog for the year you were admitted to the graduate program.