Financial Support

Financial support is for the duration of the six year program. Graduate students receive six years of University Fellowship funding. Currently, all graduate students in the department receive a living stipend ($28,152 most recently) and a full-tuition scholarship. 

Graduate students in French Language & Literature receive fellowships (no teaching duties) in their first year, as well as two semesters in their fifth and sixth (final) years in the program. Graduate students in French participate in the Teaching Development Program and a Mentored Teaching Experience (MTE) as well as the Shadow MTE. 

Graduate students in Hispanic Studies complete four semesters of a Mentored Teaching Experience (MTE) and one semester of a Mentored Professional Experience (MPE) and an additional semester of either the MTE or MPE. The other semesters are free of teaching responsibilities. 

Qualified candidates can also compete for multi-year graduate fellowships awarded by the Office of Graduate Studies: the Olin Graduate Fellowship for Women and the Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship. In addition, there are summer funding opportunities. 

  • 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.
  • Program applicants can also apply for entrance into the McDonnell International Scholars Academy, which offers full tuition and other benefits for as long as satisfactory progress is being made in the degree program. Program applicants from partner universities of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy (which includes the Universidad de Chile) are eligible to seek funding through the Academy.
  • Additional sources of funding include a Mentored Research Experience with the Revista de Estudios Hispánicos; competitive grant support through the Center for the Humanities; and the Washington University Exchange program with the Spanish Center for Humanistic and Social Sciences (CSIC).
  • A range of conference funding & summer support is also available. For more details visit Forms & Resources.