Graduate Assistantships

The Department of History offers a limited number of assistantships annually. Graduate Assistants are exempt from out-of-state tuition, and they also receive a substantial waiver for course fees.

Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants admitted to Graduate Standing in History. Duties may consist of leading discussion sections, grading examinations and reports, proctoring examinations, lecturing, and aiding in research projects. A Graduate Assistant in the Department of History must register for minimum of six graduate credits each semester. Graduate Assistants may hold no other employment in the University and Community College System of Nevada without the approval of the Graduate Director and the Graduate School.

Applicants for assistantships must submit the following credentials not later than March 1:

  1. An "Application for Graduate Assistantship" form, available on request from the Department.

  2. Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate records.

  3. A brief statement in which the applicant discusses interests, and plans for study and professional work.

  4. Three letters of recommendation, addressed to the Graduate Advisor, which discuss the candidate's academic qualifications and aptitude for graduate study. Request the "Letter of Recommendation form" from the Department of History office or you may obtain it online.  Give copies to your recommenders. The letters should be sent directly by the people writing them to the Graduate Advisor.

If you are applying for admission to the M.A., M.A.T., or the Ph.D. program, you need not submit extra copies of #2 (submitted to the Graduate School in the application process) and #3 (submitted to the Department in the application process). If you are applying for admission to the Ph.D. program, the letters of recommendation (#4) will suffice for both the admission and assistantship applications.

Once awarded, assistantships will be automatically continued for two years, assuming satisfactory performance in the assistantship and progress toward the degree. After that time, students desiring a further extension may apply for additional support. See further details on assistantships at the graduate school website at “Graduate Assistantships.”

Inquiries and applications should be addressed to:

Graduate Director
Department of History/0308
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, Nevada 89557-0031