Funding and Packages

Doctoral Program

Doctoral students who apply for funding receive a six-year  package  that includes annual stipends, full tuition, and fees. Over these six years, students typically will have the opportunity to serve as apprentices, teaching assistants, writing tutors, and to teach their own course.  They will also devote at least three semesters exclusively to dissertation research and writing. The final year of funding is generously supported by the George Washington Fellowship of the General Society for Colonial Wars, the Glucksman Endowment, the Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Ruffin Tyler Endowment Fund, and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

MA Program

Applicants to the full-time Master's Program may also apply for a merit-based stipend. Students who receive a stipend are assigned as apprentices  or, occasionally, as graduate or research assistants. In past years, students have received generous support from the First Families of Virginia, Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Ruffin Tyler Endowment Fund, the National Society Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims, the Jamestown Fellowship, the Donald B. Irwin Memorial Scholarship, Earl Gregg Swem Library, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and the Jack E. Morpurgo Fellowship. 

In 2013-2014, tuition and general fees for full-time Arts & Sciences graduate students were $5,942.00 per semester for residents of Virginia, and $13,480.00 per semester for non-residents.  Financial aid is also available in the form of grants and student loans. (Foreign students are eligible for all forms of funding except student loans.) In addition to the apprenticeships and internships described elsewhere, the Department also helps to place students in paid internships at the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and the U.S. Parks Service at Jamestown Island.

Graduate Fellowship in African American History

The Graduate Fellowship in African American History is awarded to a student entering the Ph.D. program at the Lyon G. Tyler Department of History at the College of William and Mary whose primary interest is in African American history. Providing that he or she remains in good standing in the graduate program and fulfills the duties performed by all students on stipend, the fellow will receive a stipend of $19,500 a year plus tuition for six years. To apply, please provide a cover letter indicating interest in the fellowship and a writing sample in African American history when submitting your regular application materials to the Graduate Program in History. Application materials are available online at the web site below, and are due Dec. 5.

To apply for financial support from the department, simply check the appropriate box on the application for admission form. The College of William and Mary and the Commonwealth of Virginia also offers three types of financial assistance to outstanding minority applicants pursuing graduate degrees in Arts & Sciences in Virginia. To inquire about federally-funded student loans, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 757-221-2420.