Admitted students are normally granted a five-year fellowship package that pays full tuition and fees. Students at the dissertation stage pay fees that are considerably less than that required for regular course study. If a student has not earned the Ph.D. degree by the end of five years as a full-time student, he or she will be charged “Reduced Tuition” until the degree is awarded, or for a maximum of five additional years. 


Financial Assistance for Ph.D. Students

Most applicants who are granted admission will be awarded a Benjamin Franklin Fellowship, which extends a five-year commitment of full tuition and stipend.  In addition, each year the Department nominates its most outstanding applicants and returning students to compete against nominees from other fields of study for a variety of fellowships assigned by the University. These include:

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships, which provide full tuition and a stipend for students specializing in area studies (Africa, Middle East, East Asia);

Fontaine Fellowships, for outstanding minority-group students;

Dissertation Research Fellowships, which provide summer support for early stage dissertation research;

Dissertation Completion Fellowships, which provide a year of support for advanced students to complete dissertation writing.

In addition, the Department directly administers a limited amount of fellowship funds.

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