While there is no full funding available for the MA, some forms of funding are made available by both the Graduate School and the Department of Comparative Humanities to support the students in the Master’s program. Students are considered for funding awards after they have been accepted into the graduate program through a departmental nomination process. Descriptions of the funding sources for our graduate program are listed below.


Two types of scholarships are awarded yearly to selected MA students entering and exiting the Program:

  • A $500 First Semester Scholarship is awarded to the student submitting the best application to the Program. The MA Admissions Committee makes the final selection;
  • A $500 Completion Scholarship for the best master’s thesis or directed study project. Faculty make nominations once each year in the spring semester for projects completed over the previous twelve months. The MA Committee makes the final selection.

Bein Fellowships in the Humanities

Bein Fellowships in the MA in Humanities Program are awarded only to superior students. Graduating senior majors, post-baccalaureate students, and students already enrolled in a graduate program in Humanities are eligible for consideration.

Nominations are made by the Faculty of the Department of Humanities and are reviewed by the MA Committee. Students enrolled in Humanities programs in other universities may be considered, if they are nominated by a current or former member of the Faculty of the Department.

A Bein Fellowship is awarded annually, if a qualified candidate is nominated, and it may be renewed for one year, providing the holder is making satisfactory progress toward the degree. Fellowships will carry a stipend of at least $1,000 per year.

Minimum criteria for consideration are as follows:

  • Nomination by a member of the Faculty of the Department of Humanities.
  • Enrollment in a Humanities undergraduate, post-bac, or graduate program.
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.5 in the major or overall.
  • Three letters of recommendation from three professors who are familiar with the candidate's academic performance.
  • A completed application by the nominated candidate.

Faculty Nominations are due by January 30.

Completed applications by nominated students are due by February 28.

Fellowships will be awarded by April 1, to be used during the following Academic Year.

All inquiries about the BEIN FELLOWSHIPS IN HUMANITIES should be addressed to the Comparative Humanities Department Chair, Dr. Pamela Beattie ().

Research and Travel Award Opportunities

All students have opportunities for research and travel funding offered from the department, school and university. See details below.

Department of Comparative Humanities Research/Travel Scholarships

  • Awards of $250 offered in Fall and Spring semesters
  • Intended to offset relevant conference related travel expenses
  • Can be used for conference participation, travel and research
  • Additional information emailed to students in the Fall and Spring semesters from the Graduate office

Graduate Network in Arts & Sciences (GNAS) Research and Creative Activity Grants

  • Individual and collaborative grants available
  • Additional information can be found on the GNAS webpage

Multicultural Association of Graduate Students (MAGS) Research Awards:

Graduate Student Council (GSC) Research and Travel Grants: