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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Ph.D Funding

Ph.D. Funding: All our doctoral funding comes in the form of TAships.  There are a few fellowships available from the graduate school but they are rare to get.  So, students are looking at TAships. 

--TAships are for FIVE years as long as the students is in good academic standing (cum GPA of 3.3/B+ or better).
--TAs receive a tuition fellowship that covers full tuition, plus a stipend of $18,000 (each year), and get a subsidy for health insurance (get covered via Loyola's plan).  They do have to pay some kind of minimal student fees
--TAs serve as graders for a professor their first year.  They go to the class, have office hours, and help grade.  They do not necessarily get to TA in their own field; they go where they are needed.
--TAs, in year two, will serve as a TA for a large lecture lecture where they run discussion sections for the class.  So now they go to class, have office hours, run weekly discussions, and grade for students in their discussion sections.
--TAs in year 3 and 4, wil do one of the two options above as needed by the GPD.
--TAs in year 5 teach their own class each term (an core class in their field: 111, 112, 103 for Americanists or 101/102 for Europeanists, etc).
--Finally, if you are not done after 5 years, students apply for fellowships from the graduate school.  We have three that they apply for: a teaching fellowship, the advanced doctoral fellowship and the Schmidt fellowship (for the last year of writing and finishing up).  Our students usually get one or more of these if they have done well in the program.  So there is basically funding available for about 7 years to get students done.

We also have two TAships that go to MAs in the public history program.  These students get TWO years of funding, full tuition coverage, $xx,000 stipend each year and a health insurance subsidy.

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