As part of my series on How to Fully Fund Your PhD, I provide a list of universities that offer Fully Funded PhD Programs in Spanish. A graduate degree in Spanish can pave the way for a career in academia, translation, research, and more.
“Full funding” is a financial aid package for full-time students that includes full tuition remission and an annual stipend or salary for the three to six-year duration of the student’s doctoral 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 doctoral students, which is why I recommend researching the financial aid offerings of all the potential Ph.D. 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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University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ): The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Assistantships provide part-time employment in teaching and include a waiver of nonresident tuition. Assignments involve supervised teaching of undergraduate courses in Spanish and Portuguese, and the normal teaching load is three-four courses per year. Graduate Tuition Waivers (RC waivers) may cover any portion of the graduate student’s tuition and also have other fellowship opportunities.
Boston University (Boston, MA): The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS) awards various types of fellowship aid to PhD students. All newly admitted PhD students will receive a 5-year fellowship offer, which may be a combination of a non-service fellowship (such as a Dean’s Fellowship), teaching fellowship, or doctoral research fellowship, depending on the department of admission.
University of California, Irvine (Irvine, CA): Students accepted into the Graduate Program receive a financial aid package that allows them to live and study at UCI. The Spanish department provides small fellowships for conference travel. Additionally, starting in their second year students have the opportunity of teaching summer courses to supplement the University stipend.
Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL): Graduate students in the Spanish MA and Ph.D. programs are eligible for teaching assistantships as well as for funding from the Ada Belle Winthrop-King Memorial Fund, which offers a large range of graduate awards and funding. These include funding for summer study, conference, and research funds, such as the Winthrop-King Summer Graduate Scholarship in Spanish.
New York University (New York, NY): All new students entering the Ph.D. program in Spanish and Portuguese are fully funded for five years through the Henry M. MacCracken Fellowship program. This fellowship package includes a full scholarship covering all tuition, registration, and service fees as well as the full cost of NYU student health insurance. In addition, it provides a generous yearly stipend to cover living expenses (the minimum stipend amount in 2018-2019 is $28, 145) and a one-time, $1000 startup grant.
Northwestern University, Ph.D. Spanish and Portuguese (Evanston, IL): Students will receive guaranteed Graduate School support for 5 years in the form of two years of fellowship and three years of teaching assistantships during years 1 through 5; students will have additional fellowship support for four summers.
University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN): Students admitted to Ph.D. programs are awarded a full five-year funding package that includes tuition remission, a competitive stipend, and health benefits. Students can apply for additional funding for research and conference travel. Many students also receive additional funding in the form of premium fellowships and other top-up funds.
Princeton University, Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese (Princeton, NJ): Princeton guarantees to fund for its regularly enrolled, degree-seeking Ph.D. candidates for all years of regular program enrollment, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance. Funding may come from a variety of sources, which in combination provide a minimum level of annual support that includes full tuition and fees support and a base stipend amount. This base stipend is intended to support the estimated living expenses.
Tulane University, PhD in Spanish and Portuguese (New Orleans, LA): All students in the graduate program receive a tuition waiver and four or five years of stipend support ($22,744 in AY 2018-2019). For students entering the program without an M.A., five years of funding is granted. Students who begin the program with an outside M.A. receive four years of funding and teach one course per semester. All students are eligible for a full dissertation writing fellowship in their final year of study.
Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN): A full, five-year funding package for every Ph.D. student. Graduate students admitted with assistantships are granted tuition remission, health insurance benefits, and an annual stipend. For 2019-20, the standard 12-month graduate student stipend was $25,000.
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