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Guide for Graduate Students

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Graduate assistantships
Graduate fellowships
Other financial assistance

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Dissertation Research Grant:
Students who are ABD may apply to the department’s Endowments Committee to request funding for research and travel that is specifically related to completing the dissertation. Previous grants have assisted in funding trips to various archives such as the Southern Historical Collection, Duke University, Library of Congress, and London.

Major L. Wilson Graduate Paper Prize: Annually given for the best paper written in a department graduate course, this honor includes a monetary award, currently $100.

Best History Teaching Assistant Award: Annually given to a teaching assistant for outstanding teaching, this honor includes a monetary award, currently $300. A committee of the Graduate and Undergraduate Coordinators, the Endowments Committee chair, and the coordinator of adjunct teaching selects the recipient after consultation with the TA mentors. This committee also chooses an outstanding part-time teacher, who also gets a monetary award of the same amount.

Best Thesis and Best Dissertation Awards: Given every two years, each of these honors includes a monetary award. We will only award this to what we consider to be outstanding theses or dissertations. The Graduate Studies Committee awards this after consultation with all directors of recent theses and dissertations. Currently the award is $250 for a M.A. thesis and $500 for a Ph.D. dissertation.

The university and Graduate School also give a number of awards to graduate students. See http://www.memphis.edu/gradschool/ga_awards_fellowships/gainfo.php for a description of these. You can apply for some of them yourself; others need a nomination from a faculty member.

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