The Rice University Department of History is a vibrant and supportive intellectual community within one of the United States’ leading research universities. We train a select number of doctoral students for academic and other positions in four, overlapping areas of strength, as well as in other topical, geographical, and theoretical areas, including World History:
Our graduate program is characterized by small classes and close student-mentor advising. Our department provides substantial financial support for graduate student research and travel. All of our students have fully funded stipends (currently $26K annually) and tuition remission for five years. Doctoral students are guaranteed a chance to work closely with a professor in the department to learn how to organize and teach a university-level history class. Students can also develop additional professional skills by serving as an editorial assistant with a major peer-reviewed academic publication, the Journal of Southern History, which is hosted in the department.
Qualified students may choose to participate in our two dual degree programs, which offer immersion experiences in leading research universities in São Paulo and in Mexico City, and all students have the opportunity to participate in the annual seminar that rotates between Rice, UNICAMP, and Instituto Mora. Our students have worked as well with scholars in the Baker Institute for Public Policy and numerous departments across the university, including Sociology, Religion, and Political Science. Our doctoral program prepares graduates for careers as teachers, editors, and researchers, both within and outside the academy.