The period of normal, fellowship-supported enrollment in the Program (as in the History Department at large) is five years, including time spent on research in absentia. Program students can expect financial support throughout those five years at a level at least equal to that offered them upon admission to the Graduate School, so long as they are making satisfactory progress toward the Ph.D. degree.
Students with extensive prior preparation in the field may be able to finish in less than five years, and there is no formal set of requirements that must be met in lock-step fashion. But Program students, like other graduate students in the History Department, do face a heavy set of challenges and expectations, and most will require the full five years of enrollment to satisfy them. Although graduate training in this program is thus a long and demanding process, the normal time between admission and receipt of the Ph.D. is considerably less than the national average for doctoral students in history.
As noted in a separate section below, almost all students gain some teaching experience during the later years of their enrollment, but teaching is not required for financial support during the term of the stipend. If students do not complete their graduate training in five years, they are eligible to received a departmental stipend which when combined with teaching yields a full stipend for the sixth year. Most students in the Program finish in six years or less.