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Financial Assistance

Assistantships and stipends are awarded in the American Studies program to full-time candidates for the M.A./Ph.D and Ph.D. degrees. Most financial assistance is granted at the time of a student's acceptance into the program and is renewed for four (for Ph.D students) or five (for M.A./Ph.D. students) years, provided the student makes satisfactory progress towards completion of the degree as described in the American Studies Graduate Program Handbook [pdf]. 

Unless explicitly stated otherwise in the award letter, students who receive stipends are expected to reside locally and to undertake assistantships involving an average of ten to twelve hours of work a week. Assistantships may involve teaching, researching, or working on other projects for a faculty member or at local museums or historical agencies. 

While most of the gradate aid budget is reserved for continuing students who have been guaranteed support for successive years, the program does attempt to aid those who arrive without aid and demonstrate high achievement in their studies. If funds are available, the American Studies Executive Committee (EC) may make annual awards to such students. Students must petition the EC for consideration for partial and year-to-year financial support. The deadline for applications for aid in the following year is mid-April.

Other Funding Sources
Program Travel Funds

Most years the American Studies program awards a limited number of small travel grants to enable students to present papers at conferences or to acquire first-hand knowledge of collections, archives and similar resouces. A call for applications for these funds is made early each semester. Grants are made on a case-by-case basis and all students in good academic standing are eligible to apply for these funds. 

Summer Research Funds

Whenever available, the American Studies program also provides funds for summer research. Applications must be submitted in mid-April.

Other William & Mary Resources

Other William & Mary programs that offer research and travel grants include

External Fellowships and Grants

Click here (.doc) for a list of external fellowships and grants.


For information about loans and other forms of financial aid, students should consult the William & Mary Financial Aid Office.