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Department of History

Graduate Assistantships

The History Department supports a limited number of Public History students through graduate assistantships. These can be teaching assistantships or professional assistantships. Assistantships, whether teaching or professional, usually require a commitment of 15-20 hours/week and in 2020-21 paid a stipend of $7625/semester for MA students and $8625/semester for those enrolled in the PhD program. Students who hold assistantships automatically qualify for the in-state rate of graduate tuition and receive a tuition abatement.  The financial assistance situation varies from year to year, as does the number of available assistantships.

Recently students have been placed in professional assistantships at the following institutions:

  • Historic Columbia Foundation
  • South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office
  • Norfolk Southern Railroad grant project
  • Pinckney-Horry Papers Documentary Editing Project

In addition, some units on the University of South Carolina campus contact us requesting names of graduate students who might want to have a graduate assistantship: 

  • McKissick Museum
  • South Carolina Political Collections
  • University Archives
  • Thomas Cooper Library

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