Drs. Viviana Grieco and Matthew Osbourn, at the front of a class team teaching

Financial Support

The History Department offers several funding opportunities for graduate students.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

GTAships cover tuition and provide a stipend. History Department GTAs work with the faculty member teaching a particular course. As part of their responsibilities, GTAs

  • attend the class lectures,
  • teach smaller breakout or discussion sections,
  • hold weekly office hours,
  • grade students’ performance in their breakout sections.

The GTA application form can be found here.

Funded Internships

The History Department has negotiated a number of funded internships in the greater Kansas City area that cover tuition and provide a stipend. We often place students with the Missouri Humanities Council, the Kansas City Chiefs, Contemplace, American Public Square, and the William T. Kemper Foundation Digital History Lab, among others. Any student may apply for funded internships, but the Department gives priority to students who have declared a Public History Emphasis. The Declaration of Public History Emphasis Form can be found here. The internship application form can be found here.

Grader/Researcher Positions

Each year, the History Department hires graduate students to assist faculty on grant-funded projects and/or as graders for large undergraduate courses. These appointments are usually semester-by-semester on an as-needed basis and generally do not come with tuition assistance.

Prizes & Awards

The UMKC History Department awards two annual prizes for graduate student work: the Louis Potts Best Graduate Regional History Prize and the Carla Klausner Best Graduate Student Paper Prize. To apply, a student must submit an essay for consideration by May 1.

Other funding sources

UMKC’s School of Graduate Studies has a list of various funding opportunities and awards on their web page under fellowships and grants.

Students are also encouraged to seek external funding through internships, grants, or fellowships. Many local, state, and national historical organizations offer fellowships for graduate students, as well as travel grants to archives, presidential libraries, and so on. A few examples are: American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, The State Historical Society of Missouri, and Kansas Historical Society.