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All students admitted to the Graduate Program in Italian receive a Benjamin Franklin Fellowship, which guarantees five years of financial support (tuition remission, Penn's student health insurance, and a stipend — $25,900 in 2015-16) to students who continue in good academic standing. The fellowship includes two years of undergraduate teaching.
Students who have finished all pre-dissertation requirements and who no longer receive fellowship support are eligible for a lectureship. These awards provide a stipend for every course taught and may cover the dissertation tuition. The Department also has a small number of one-year, non-renewable full-time lectureships reserved for recent graduates.
Both forms of financial support described above are awarded on the basis of academic merit. For need-based financial assistance, such as student loans, please contact Student Financial Services at (215) 898-1988; E-mail: SFSMail@sfs.upenn.edu.