Stanford Ph.D. Program in History aims to train world-class scholars.
Every year we admit 10-12 promising students from a large pool of highly selective applicants. Our small cohort size allows more individual work with faculty than most graduate programs in the United States and also enables funding in one form or another available to members of each cohort.
Fields of Study
Our graduate students may specialize in 14 distinct subfields: Africa, Britain, Early Modern Europe, East Asia, Eastern Europe/Russia, History of Science, Medicine and Technology, Jewish History, Latin America, Medieval Europe, Modern Europe, Ottoman Empire and Middle East, South Asia, Transnational, International, and Global History, and United States. Explore each field and their affiliates .
The department expects most graduate students to spend no less than four and no more than six years completing the work for the Ph.D. degree. Individual students’ time to degree will vary with the strength of their undergraduate preparation as well as with the particular language and research requirements of their respective Major fields.
Expectations and Degree Requirements
We expect that most graduate students will spend no less than four and no more than six years toward completing their Ph.D. Individual students’ time-to-degree vary with the strength of their undergraduate preparation as well as with the particular language and research requirements of their respective subfield.
All History Ph.D. students are expected to satisfy the following degree requirements:
- Teaching: Students who enter on the Department Fellowship are required to complete 4 quarters of teaching experience by the end of their third year. Teaching experience includes teaching assistantships and teaching a Sources and Methods course on their own.
- Candidacy: Students apply for candidacy to the PhD program by the end of their second year in the program.
- Orals: The University Orals Examination is typically taken at the beginning of the 3rd year in the program.
- Languages: Language requirements vary depending on the field of study.
- Residency Requirement: The University requires 135 units of full-tuition residency for PhD students. After that, students should have completed all course work and must request Terminal Graduate Registration (TGR) status.
Browse the Ph.D. Handbook to learn more.
The History Department Fellowship offers 5 years of financial support to PhD students. No funding is offered for the co-terminal and terminal M.A. programs. A sample Ph.D. funding package is as follows:
- 1st year: 3 quarters fellowship stipend and 1 summer stipend
- 2nd year: 2 quarters TAships, 1 quarter RAship (pre-doc affiliate), and 1 summer stipend
- 3rd year: 2 quarters TAships, 1 quarter RAship (pre-doc affiliate), and 1 summer stipend
- 4th year: 3 quarters of RAships (pre-doc affiliate) and 1 summer stipend
- 5th year: 3 quarters of RAships (pre-doc affiliate) and 1 summer stipend
Knight-Hennessy Scholars is designed to build a multidisciplinary community of Stanford graduate students dedicated to finding creative solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. The program awards up to 100 high-achieving students every year with full funding to pursue a graduate education at Stanford, including the terminal Master’s and PhD in History. To be considered, you must apply to Knight-Hennessy Scholars by October 6, 2021, and separately apply to the History department by December 7, 2021 at 11:59pm PST.
How to Apply
Admission to the History Graduate Programs are for Autumn quarter only. Interested applicants can online at https://gradadmissions.stanford.edu/applying and submit the following documents:
- Statement of Purpose (included in Application)
- 3 Letters of Recommendation
- A Copy of Official Transcripts from each University/College attended
- Transcripts are required from all prior college level schools attended for at least one year. A scanned copy of the official transcript is submitted as part of the online application. Please do not mail transcripts to the department.We will ask only the admitted students to submit actual copies of official transcripts.
- 1 Writing Sample on a historic topic (10-25 pages; sent via Stanford’s online application system only)
- The GRE exam is not required for the autumn 2022 admission cycle
- TOEFL for all international applicants (whose primary language is not English) sent via ETS. Our University code is 4704.
- Application fee $125 (subject to change)
Application deadline for Autumn 2022-23 is Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 11:59pm EST. This is a hard -not a postmark- deadline.
All application material is available online. No information is sent via snail mail. Interested applicants are invited to view a Guide to Graduate Admissions at https://gradadmissions.stanford.edu/.