Graduate Funding and Prizes

GSAS Distinguished Fellowships

GSAS Distinguished Fellowships are the graduate school’s premier academic honor. They offer funding with reduced or waived teaching duties and are critical for archival research and writing. For information, please check the Distinguished Fellowships page.

  • Research Fellowship
    The Research Fellowship offers support for doctoral students to develop their dissertation research projects or to learn methods or procedures for dissertation research. 
  • Senior Teaching Fellowship
    The Senior Teaching Fellowship provides support for doctoral students who have already built a record of excellence in teaching.
  • Alumni Dissertation Fellowship
    The Alumni Dissertation Fellowship is the award for an exceptional doctoral candidate. In recent years, successful applicants have had more than one article accepted for publication at the time of application, and a persuasive case for finishing the dissertation within the fellowship year.
  • Summer Research Fellowship
    The Summer Research Fellowship provides support for Masters and Doctoral students who wish to devote the summer preparing proposals for prestigious fellowships, articles for publication and conference papers.

History Department Grants

  • Loomie Prize
    The History Department annually awards the prestigious Loomie Prize to the best seminar paper produced during the previous academic year. All M.A. and Ph.D. students who have taken the proseminar/seminar sequence or a research tutorial are eligible.
  • Archival Research Assistantship
    The Archival Research Assistantship permits travel for archival research necessary to the dissertation in the Fall or Spring semester. The recipient is expected to perform research or other administrative duties for faculty members convenient to the student’s own research. Recipients are exempt from teaching for that semester.
  • O'Connell Travel Grant
    The O’Connell Initiative in the Global History of Capitalism offers a Travel Grant for graduate student research that requires archival consultation abroad or elsewhere in the United States. The grant is open to all graduate students at both the M.A. and Ph.D. levels.

Graduate Student Association (GSA) Grants

External Funding and Fellowships

  • Information on external funding can be viewed at The Campion Institute, which assists Fordham students with applications for prestigious fellowships and other forms of external funding. The Campion Institute also offers the Matteo Ricci Summer Fellowships. Members of the American Historical Association may access an online directory entitled Grants, Fellowships, & Prizes of Interest to Historians.

Student Loans

  • For students requiring financial assistance to pay for graduate studies, loans are available through both public and private sources. Public funding may come from both the federal government and the State of New York. GSAS provides assistance for graduate students wishing to apply for Stafford Loans. PLUS Loans are also available for graduate students. For additional information on graduate student loans, visit the Graduate Financial Aid website.