As a part of our series on How to Fully Fund Your Master’s Degree, here is a list of universities that offer full funding for an M.A. in Modern Languages, including French, Spanish, German, and more. Master’s degrees in Modern Languages can lead to a variety of career options, including teaching, linguistics, and further academic work and research.
Fully-funded Master’s programs can be difficult to find. Because most universities focus their funding on Ph.D. students, Master’s candidates can have a harder time securing scholarships and funding. However, there are a number of universities that do offer funded Master’s programs. “Full funding” is a financial aid package for full-time students that includes full tuition remission and an annual stipend or salary for the duration of the student’s master’s studies. Funding is typically offered in exchange for graduate teaching and research work that is complementary to your studies. Not all universities provide full funding to their master’s students, which is why I recommend researching the financial aid offerings of all the potential Master’s programs in your academic field, including small and lesser-known schools both in the U.S. and abroad.
You can also find several external fellowships in the ProFellow database for graduate and doctoral study, as well as dissertation research, fieldwork, language study, and summer work experience.
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The University of British Columbia, MA in Modern Language Education (Vancouver, BC Canada): Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options, including merit-based scholarships and awards and need-based opportunities. Students may be funded with up to $3000 in the first year based on the budget of the department. Graduate programs may have Teaching Assistantships available for registered full-time graduate students. Many professors are able to provide Research Assistantships (GRA).
University of Louisiana at Lafayette, MA in French (Lafayette, LA): The department offers assistantship funding for a select group of approximately 15 graduate students enrolled in the Masters or doctoral programs in French and Francophone Studies that provide a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend. There are master’s fellowships’ programs for superior students.
Mississippi State University, MA in French, German, or Spanish (Starkville, MS): The Department of Classical & Modern Languages and Literatures provides Teaching Assistantships to qualified graduate students. The department provides Teaching Assistants with a 100% tuition remission and a stipend to pay for living expenses.
The University of Mississippi, MA in French, German, Spanish, Linguistics, Applied Linguistics or TESOL (University, MS): The Department of Modern Languages offers financial assistance in the form of Scholarships, Graduate Research Assistantships, and Graduate Instructorships. These assistantships pay a stipend of $5,000 – $5,250 per semester and come with a full waiver of graduate tuition.
University Of Nebraska–Lincoln, MA in Spanish, French, or German (Lincoln, NE): Graduate teaching assistantship includes tuition remission. In addition, teaching assistants receive a departmental stipend that covers the cost of living in Lincoln. Students are also eligible for departmental merit fellowships to supplement their assistantship, which can be used to cover student fees. Summer teaching is available to students in Spanish.
Florida State University, MA in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Slavic, or East Asian Languages and Cultures (Tallahassee, FL): FSU’s Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics offers a wide range of scholarships and other awards to support students. Teaching assistantships are available for up to two years for students preparing for the MA. It includes a tuition waiver covering 100% of tuition and a subsidy for health insurance.
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