Qualified applicants are eligible for Ben Franklin Fellowships, a five-year funding package that includes an annual stipend (comparable to stipends from peer institutions), plus full tuition and medical benefits. The Department furthermore pledges to do everything in its power to secure support for one or two years beyond the initial awards for each student in good standing. Our record shows success in supporting our students for the full period needed to complete the degree.
Summer research stipends (up to three summers of support) are available to all fully funded students. Our students are regularly successful in securing funding from the DAAD, Fulbright, Leo Baeck Institute and other funding agencies. Internships abroad are also possible.
Throughout the year, the department receives numerous requests for translation and tutoring services. Our graduate students can pick and choose and are compensated at good rates. We've even been approached by a film studio for German voice-overs. The long and short of it is that graduate students in our department have many ways of enhancing their incomes.
Each year the Department awards the Arthur M. Daemmrich and Alfred Guenther Memorial Prize to a deserving graduate student. This prize has a value of approximately $2500 per recipient. We also regularly nominate one of our teaching assistants for the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. Finally, the Graduate Student Association and the School of Arts and Sciences subsidizes trips to conferences for the presentation of scholarly papers.