The Department of History offers several competitive assistantships for both MA and Ph.D. students.  The deadline to apply is February 1. First time applicants should indicate on their application that they wish to be considered for an assistantship.  Students on assistantships who are working on their MAs usually serve as a grader or an assistant to a faculty member.  At the Ph.D. level, students may serve as a grader, a faculty assistant, or teach their own sections of History 101 or 102. Other types of assistantship may also be assigned.  Assistants work no more than twenty (20) hours a week; they receive a stipend, tuition waiver (in-state or out-of-state if necessary) and basic health insurance (with a student co-pay each pay period).

In addition to the normal graduate assistantships, the Center for the Study of the Gulf South and the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society offers several fellowships on a competitive basis to augment assistantship funding:


Center for the Study of the Gulf South Fellowship:

Baird Fellowship:

  • The Center for the Study of the Gulf South awards the Baird Fellowship ($1500) to an outstanding graduate student at the Master’s or Doctoral level who is working on an aspect of Southern history in Southern Miss’s graduate history program. Awarded annually, the Baird Fellow may use the $1,500 for reimbursement of expenses related to conference or research travel, as well as research expenses such as photocopying, books (including textbooks) and technology purchases (computer hardware and software). 


Dale Center for the Study of War and Society Graduate Fellowships:

 Colonel W. Wayde Benson (USMC ret.) Fellowship: 

  • The Dale Center for the Study of War and Society is also pleased to offer several Colonel W. Wayde Benson (USMC ret.) Fellowships every academic year, which offer a stipend to exceptional students specializing in the field of War & Society in Southern Miss's graduate history program. Stipends are available to newly admitted and current graduate students on assistantships, and are announced each summer.


 The Dale Center Graduate Fellowship:

  • The Dale Center Graduate Fellowship is a twelve-month assistantship issued to a graduate student in the history department. Beyond planning for regular events, this graduate assistant will also be responsible for a myriad of other tasks throughout the year, including managing the Dale Center’s digital presence and creating marketing materials.


Margaret Boone Dale Fellowship for Research in Women and War:

  • The Margaret Boone Dale Fellowship supports the research of a War & Society graduate student working on a project that addresses issues examining women in war, families in war, or war and gender.  Fellowship recipients are selected by the Faculty Fellows of the Dale Center.


Lamar Powell Graduate War & Society Scholarship:

  • The Lamar Powell Scholarship is awarded each year to a graduate assistant in the History Department who has served above and beyond the call of duty assisting the endeavors of the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society.  The award recipient is selected each year by the Faculty Fellows of the Dale Center.