Financial Aid

Various opportunities for financial assistance are available to UC Davis graduate students.

Teaching Assistantships and Readerships

Graduate students in the Department of History can receive financial assistance through teaching assistantships (TAs) and readerships. Teaching assistants and readers are entitled to a discount ("partial fee remission") on graduate student fees. We have been able to offer positions to many of the graduate students we admit, on a competitive basis. In most cases, we are able to offer employment to incoming students for the first five years of study. The department typically assigns teaching assistants to hold discussions sessions and grade for one of our lower-division undergraduate courses, and readers to grade for upper division undergraduate courses.

Graduate Research Assistantships

A few graduate research assistantships are available in our department, depending on faculty research funding. They are awarded and renewed at the discretion of the funded faculty member.


The Graduate Division administers UC Davis fellowship and graduate scholarship funds. History students compete with students in the graduate programs of other departments for these merit-based awards. The Office of Graduate Studies also offers a number of internal fellowships to support campus diversity. For more information, please visit: for Application for continuing students is December 1. Deadline for application for incoming students is January 15. Procedures and application forms can be found in the "Application For Graduate Admission and Fellowship" booklet you can request from UC Davis Graduate Studies.

The department also offers a limited number of departmental fellowships to incoming and continuing students, including the Marchand Fellowship and Scholz Prize. These fellowships are generally awarded based on merit and area of study.

Nonresident Tuition Fellowships

Students who are not residents of California are eligible to apply for a nonresident tuition fellowship, awarded on the basis of academic merit. Deadline is January 15. These awards, which are limited in number, cover the nonresident portion of the student's tuition and fees. Please check the UC Davis Graduate Studies website for more information.

Other Sources of Support

The UC Davis Graduate Financial Aid Office administers several loan, grant and work-study programs. For more information contact:


Financial Aid Office
Phone: 530-752-9246
1100 Dutton Hall
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616

Establishing California Residency

If you are not a resident of California, we encourage you to begin the residency process as soon as possible. As a resident of California, you will not have to pay the more costly out-of-state tuition fee. Certain requirements must be satisfied to become a legal resident of the state. You can obtain guidance about that at the Office of the University Registrar website.