Student Funding

1. Guaranteed* University Aid

Duquesne University offers a 25% tuition award for select graduate degrees, including History. You can learn more about this unique award and the eligibility requirements here*. Note: students receiving a tuition scholarship (see No. 2 below) from the Department of History are not eligible to receive the 25% University award.

2. Tuition-Based Department Aid

The Department of History gives financial aid to most of its graduate students. This financial aid is merit-based and is available in the form of assistantships as well as tuition scholarships. Both are awarded upon a student's admission to the graduate program and continue as long as he or she remains in good academic standing. Students who do not receive financial aid from the Department of History and who meet eligibility requirements will receive the 25% award as noted above. Also, graduate students are eligible for federal and state loan programs.


Assistantships cover all tuition and fees and include a $4,000 stipend for each fall and spring semesters. The Department of History awards three of these assistantships each fall semester to incoming students. Graduate assistants help professors in the Department with their classroom responsibilities (such as grading and/or proctoring, but not teaching or course prep) and research on a part-time basis of approximately ten hours per week. Provided students awarded assistantships maintain good academic standing, their assistantships are typically renewed each academic year through the duration of their programs.

    Tuition Scholarships

Most graduate History students receive departmental tuition scholarships to pay for a portion of their tuition. The amount of tuition scholarships typically ranges from one-third to two-thirds of tuition each academic year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, this amount may be anywhere from $1,234 to $7,404 per semester, depending on how many credits a student is registered for. Provided students awarded tuition scholarships maintain good academic standing, their scholarships are typically renewed each academic year through the duration of their programs. 

3. Student Activity-Based Department Aid

We know how expensive a graduate education can be. As a result, the Department of History helps fund students' expenses related to certain academic activities, such as conference registration fees and travel, as well as poster printing for conference sessions. Also, the Dean's Office of the McAnulty Graduate School may fund a student up to $500 for conference expenses each year. In addition to the Dean's funding, the History Department will fund an additional $250 towards conference funding once funding from the Dean's Office has been exhausted.    

4. The Drs. Steven Béla Várdy and Agnes Huszár Várdy International Research and Study Grant

Through a generous gift to future students here at Duquesne, recently retired faculty members Steven and Agnes Várdy have established The Drs. Steven Béla Várdy and Agnes Huszár Várdy International Research and Study Grant. This grant provides $1,250 to support one graduate History or Public History student in conducting research overseas between July 1 and June 30 of the following year. The Department of History will provide up to an additional $500 to the winner of the Várdy Grant. These monies can be applied to any aspect of overseas research, including but not limited to airfare, local transportation, accommodations, food, and photocopying. The winner will also be required to submit a 500-word report to the Department of History chairperson summarizing the results of his or her research/study trip within four months of their return to the United States.

Student Feedback

"Due to the funds provided by the The Drs. Steven Béla Várdy and Agnes Huzár Várdy International Research and Study Grant I was able to conduct an extraordinarily successful research trip. The travel that the grant funded enabled me to gather material that is difficult to access, but extremely relevant to my project. I will utilized these materials for a conference paper at the University of Alabama this Fall, and an article I hope to publish in an academic journal in the coming year. Even more so, I was able to gain experience in archival research in an international setting, an invaluable experience that has contributed to both my professional and academic development in countless ways. Conducting this research has given me further affirmation that I have chosen the right field of study. I'm enormously grateful for this opportunity, and motivated to continue with this field of work."

--Alexandra Zaremba, Public History Graduate Student