Funding Your Graduate Degree

Funding is available by both the Graduate School and the Department of Comparative Humanities to support full-time doctoral students. 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.

Graduate School University Fellowships

The PhD Program may select to nominate exceptional applicants for a Graduate School University Fellowship, which would ensure full funding for four years of study. University Fellowships are highly competitive and are administered by the Graduate School. Nomination from the Program Director does not guarantee selection, since the PhD Program does not control the university-wide selection process. Students eligible for such fellowships will be notified by the PhD Program Director.

  • Commitment of 2 years of funding from Graduate School and 2 years from student’s program (total of 4 years of funding)
  • Full tuition, stipend, student health insurance
  • No service obligation while funded by the Graduate School but participation in the Comparative Humanities department events is expected

Graduate School Diversity Scholarships:

  • Commitment of 2 years of funding from Graduate School, 2 years from student’s program (total of 4 years of funding)
  •  Full tuition, stipend, student health insurance
  • Available for underrepresented minority students only

Graduate Teaching Assistantships:

A limited number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships are awarded yearly to selected full-time PhD students.  GTAships offer full tuition support, insurance, and a stipend. 

  • GTAship Application forms for extant program students are available on the website, and are due by January 15th. Inquiries may be made to the .

Presidential Diversity Supplement

  • Graduate School provided $1000/year supplement to student for research related expenses
  • Student must be funded by an Assistantship from their graduate program
  • Available to underrepresented minority students only

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: