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Financial Assistance

The Department of French & Italian is committed to providing full funding to all graduate students. Students who accept our offer of admission therefore receive fellowships or assistantships that cover tuition and provide eligibility to enroll in excellent comprehensive health insurance and other benefits. Funding for Fall 2019 and beyond is projected to be guaranteed for a minimum of 5 years of study for students entering with a B.A., and a minimum of 4 years for those entering with an M.A. Moreover, it has been our departmental practice to continue to offer funding beyond guarantee as possible for students in good academic standing.

Teaching assistantships, the most common form of support in our department, offer the pedagogical experience and training necessary to be competitive on the academic job market. On average, students with teaching assistantships in our department earned $18,867 during academic year 2017-2018 (including summer pay). The teaching assignment is usually one course per semester, but double sections (two sections of the same course) can also be requested for an increased stipend, when available. While the guarantee of support means students in good standing will receive funding, the exact assignments are based on need, merit, and experience. Generally, a graduate student will, over the course of study, hold a variety of the following positions, which are available every semester:

Teaching

Assignments

Appoint-

ment %

Stipend per semester

(Fall 2018 / Spring 2019)

 

Italian 101 or 102

36%

$6,606

 

Italian 201, 203 or 204

37.5%

$6,881

 

Head TA

49.5%

$9,083

 

Lit Trans 360

42%

$7,707

 

Lit Trans 360 Head TA

50%

$9,175

 

Double section Italian 101, 102

65%

$11,927

 

Double section Italian 203, 204

66.7%

$12,233

 

 

Summer Teaching Assignments

 

Appoint-

ment %

Stipend for Summer 2019

 

Italian 101 or 102 (4-week session)

72%

$2,936

 

Lit Trans 360 (8-week session)

37.5%

$3,058

 

Students may also have the opportunity to teach more advanced courses, such as Italian 322, depending on departmental need. Note that all stipend amounts described here are as of Fall 2018 and that they typically increase each year. It should also be noted that international students are not eligible to teach double sections at this time due to visa restrictions; they are, however, eligible for all other teaching assignments listed above.

There are also fellowships available from several sources on campus each year, including the Chancellor’s fellowship, which starts at around $10,000 per semester. Advanced Opportunity Fellowships are also available to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of the graduate student population, as well as support economically disadvantaged and first generation college students. The department also offers a number of monetary awards every year, for academic performance and for teaching.