Fully Funded PhD Programs in Spanish and Portuguese

Jul 20, 2021
Princeton University PhD Programs in Spanish and Portuguese
Princeton University offers to fund to their PhD in Spanish students

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 and Portuguese. 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 the 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.

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University of California Irvine, PhD in Spanish

(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, PhD in Spanish

(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, PhD in Spanish and Portuguese

(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 of $28, 145 and a one-time, $1000 startup grant.

Northwestern University, PhD 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, PhD in Spanish

(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, PhD in Spanish and Portuguese

(Princeton, NJ): Princeton guarantees to fund 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, PhD in Spanish and Portuguese

(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.

Need some tips for the application process? See my article How To Get Into a Fully Funded PhD Program: Contacting Potential PhD Advisors.

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