Fellowships, Assistantships and Awards
Financial support includes six years of funding, two years of which come with no teaching duties. In the first year, all new students receive fellowships entailing no teaching. Students also receive Dissertation Fellowships (no teaching duties) for two semesters in their fifth and sixth (final) years in the program. Currently all graduate students in the department receive financial support in the form of renewable teaching assistantships or fellowships, each carrying generous stipends ($18,500 for 2010-2011) and full tuition scholarship.
Other fellowships with generous stipends are available to outstanding new students at Washington University, including the Mr. & Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowship for Women in Graduate Study, and the Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship Program for students who bring diversity to the graduate program:
- Mr. and Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowships: These fellowships are awarded as a result of an annual competition open to all women who intend to commence graduate studies at Washington University the following fall. Olin Fellowships carry stipends for four years and full tuition. Women wishing to become candidates for the Olin Fellowship competition are asked to complete a separate Olin application in addition to their application for admission. Applicants must be graduates of a baccalaureate institution in the United States. For more information, call (314) 935-6818 or visit the Olin Fellowship website.
- The Chancellor's Graduate Fellowships: These fellowships are designed to facilitate training for students who will contribute to diversity in graduate education and who are interested in becoming college or university professors. Students will be selected who, in light of all pertinent qualifications, experiences and attributes, would contribute to the diversity of graduate education at Washington University. For more information, call 314-935-6821 or visit the Chancellor's Fellowship website.
- In French, one outstanding student is nominated each year to be the recipient of the Egilsrud Fellowship; this endowed fund contributes to the funding of his or her graduate school.
- In addition, doctoral students working toward Graduate Certificates in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies can apply for Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Interdisciplinary Teaching Assistantships.
Click here to view the Guidelines for Summer Funding.
Click here for the Graduate Summer Funding form.
Each year faculty committees of the Department nominate outstanding graduate students in French to receive a number of awards to honor their achievements.
A candidate may be nominated annually for the Dean of the Graduate School’s Graduate Teaching Award; supporting materials are forwarded to the Graduate School and selected students receive this award during the spring.
Within the Department there are presently three endowed awards (one for each language section except Portuguese) to honor graduate student excellence. In French, the Elizabeth Schreiber Award for the Excellence as a Teaching Assistant is awarded annually to a student or students selected on the basis of faculty evaluations of their teaching.