Financial Aid


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) to students who continue in good academic standing. The fellowship includes two years of undergraduate teaching.

For questions about funding beyond the 5th year, please contact the Graduate Coordinator. 


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:

For Further Information

Brianna Crayton
Graduate Coordinator
University of Pennsylvania
514 Williams Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305
Telephone: (215) 898-1980
Fax: (215) 898-0933