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Frequently Asked Questions For Prospective Students


Does the History department offer full funding?

As of May 2014, the department generally accepts only those students to whom it can offer a multi-year guarantee of support. These guarantees may vary by funding source, field, and other circumstances, and they are contingent on satisfactory progress and performance. Applicants with access to external resources that can support their graduate study should provide details in the online application.

How do I apply for UW-Madison and departmental fellowships?

The History department’s application deadline is December 15. To apply for a fellowship, simply check the fellowship box on the online application form. Once your application is complete and you are recommended for admission, you are automatically entered in the fellowship competition. Since fellowships are competitive campus-wide, an applicant should have a strong undergraduate record and high GPAs.

How much does it cost to pursue a graduate degree at UW-Madison?

The Graduate School Costs and Funding

How do I obtain Wisconsin residency to reduce my tuition bill?

It is difficult for students to earn residency status in the State of Wisconsin. Graduate students cannot seek Wisconsin residency until one full calendar year after they have received dissertator status. Until that time, however, there are a few things you can do to increase your chances at approval: 1). Register to vote in WI and do so regularly; 2). Have a car insured in WI; and 3). Volunteer in the community. Additional things that help show one’s WI residency case:  1). Buy a house (if possible);  2). Have a domestic partner with a career here; and 3). Have a non-temporary job that doesn't require student status. It helps to stay in Wisconsin while dissertating to show continuous residency, but this will be very hard to prove for students planning to research abroad.

For more information visit the Office of the Registrar, Residence for Tuition Purposes webpage. 

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