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Graduate Program


All admitted doctoral students receive full-tuition scholarships covering the annual cost of graduate study. In addition, doctoral students generally receive fellowship stipends of $20,000 per year for five years.

The department is proud to offer admitted MA students a half-tuition scholarship.

Writing Fellowships

The Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program (WSAP) provides extra stipends ($1,500 per course) to history students who teach CAS 105: Writing and Reasoning in the College. The final two years of the history department fellowship is provided in conjunction with the WSAP.

Participation in a writing fellowship allows graduate students to develop their own courses. A $2,000 grant is provided to students to participate in English 571, a pedagogy course to train instructors.

Graduate students can also apply for writing fellowships in their fifth and sixth years. Currently these fellowships provide $12,000 to eligible students.

Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Frederick Douglass Institute Grants

The postdoctoral fellowship supports the completion of a project. During the tenure of the award, the postdoctoral fellow will have departmental affiliation, teach one course, and conduct a seminar.

University of Rochester Graduate Fellowships

The Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull University Fellowship

The Sproull Fellowships are provided to twelve promising graduate students from all disciplines upon admission to the University of Rochester. This fellowship, which can be granted for up to two years, allows students to pursue their dissertation work independent of teaching requirements. It currently grants $22,000 to each chosen student.

Prospective graduate students are automatically considered for these fellowships.

The Provost's Fellowships

Provost's Fellowships are granted to doctoral students in all disciplines from underrepresented groups who are US citizens.

Graduate students are nominated by their department for this award. Currently, students who are awarded a Provost’s Fellowship will receive five years of funding for $20,000.

The Raymond N. Ball Dissertation-Year Fellowship

The Ball Fellowship provides a one-year dissertation fellowship award to an outstanding fifth-year graduate student in the humanities, economics, or business administration. The award is made by the University dean of graduate studies based on nominations from the relevant departments.

Frederick Douglass Institute Fellowship for Graduate Studies

The Frederick Douglass Institute offers a fellowship that includes a tuition scholarship and a stipend of $18,000 in an academic year.

Douglass Fellows are expected to participate in programs with faculty and students, make two presentations based upon their research, and contribute to African and African-American studies at the University of Rochester.

Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

The Susan B. Anthony Institute offers grants for teaching, research and dissertation work.

The institute also offers grants to support research in gender, sexuality, and women's studies by University of Rochester graduate students. Proposals may include such items as travel to professional conferences (in cases where the applicant is on the program), travel for research purposes, and expenses connected with research.

The Susan B. Anthony Teaching Fellowship is awarded to graduate students who teach WST 100: Introduction to Women's Studies, a two-credit course. This teaching fellowship offers an award of $2,500 for an individual graduate student.

The Susan B. Anthony Dissertation Award is given to the University of Rochester PhD candidate with the most distinguished dissertation in women's and/or gender studies. The Dissertation Award amount is $1,000 and was first awarded in spring 2005.