Following the campus guidelines for Coronavirus all UC Davis classes, lectures, seminars, labs and discussion sections will move to virtual instruction and remain virtual through the end of fall quarter 2020, including final exams. Given this, the department’s administrative functions have moved to remote work conditions. To contact staff members of the department via e-mail or phone, please go to our administrative staff contact page. 

Financial Aid

Most admitted History graduate students receive guaranteed department funding for five years through a combination of employment and fellowships. Continue reading below for further information on the different types of funding offered.

Teaching Assistantships and Readerships

Graduate students in the Department of History primarily receive financial assistance through teaching assistantships (TAs) and readerships. In most cases, we are able to offer a combination of fellowship and employment to incoming students for the first five years of study. Teaching assistants and readers are entitled to a a discount ("partial fee remission") on graduate student fees, so that students are only responsible for around $180 each quarter. The department typically assigns teaching assistants to hold discussion sections and grade for our lower-division undergraduate courses, and readers to grade for upper-division undergraduate courses.

International students who wish to serve as teaching assistants must meet additional English language requirements as established by the Office of Graduate Studies' Graduate Council. In order to serve as a teaching assistant, international students must achieve at least a 26 on the Speaking section of the internet based (ibt) TOEFL or a 7.5 on the IELTS. If students do not meet this requirement, additional testing offered through the International and Academic English and the Center for Educational Effectiveness offices on campus will be required.

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 Office of Graduate Studies 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 continuing students is January 15th.

For incoming students, the internal fellowship application is required of all students and is a component of the online application process. Applications must be submitted by January 5th and completed (including uploaded transcripts) by February 1st in order to be eligible.

The department also offers departmental fellowships to incoming and continuing students, including the Roland Marchand Fellowship and the Scholz Prize. These fellowships are generally awarded based on merit and area of study. Our students have also been extremely successful in receiving fellowships both on campus and externally. Please click here for a full listing of the recent awards and fellowships our current students received.

Nonresident Tuition Fellowships

Students who are not residents of California will be charged Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition (NRST). For domestic students, please see the below section "Establishing California Residency." For international students, in most cases, the department will cover the cost of your NRST for the first three years of the graduate program. Upon advancement to candidacy, the NRST is not charged for three years as a benefit of advancement to candidacy. If you are still enrolled after six years (your fourth and fifth years after advancement), the Office of Graduate Studies currently offers a non-competitive fellowship program to cover the NRST. 

Establishing California Residency

If you are a citizen of the United States but not a California resident, we encourage you to begin the residency process as soon as possible. As a resident of California, you will not be charged the more costly out-of-state tuition fee. Generally, the department will cover the first year of non-resident supplemental tuition (NRST) with the expectation that you will become a California resident by the second year. Certain requirements must be satisfied in order to become a legal resident of the state, including voter registration and obtaining a CA driver's license. You can obtain further guidance about becoming a resident at the Office of University Registrar.

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