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 Classics. PhD in Classics open a variety of career options. This degree can prepare you for a career in academia, research, and writing.
“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 PhD programs in your academic field, including small and lesser-known schools both in the U.S. and abroad.
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(New York, NY): Classics Ph.D. students are normally offered 5 years of fellowship support, tuition plus a stipend. Further opportunities exist for graduate students to augment their stipend by teaching-intensive Latin and Greek courses over the (six-week) summer session.
(Cambridge, MA): Funding for the duration of graduate study is normally provided by outright fellowship grants in the first two years, by a dissertation completion fellowship in the final year, and by a combination of tuition grants and teaching fellowships in the intervening years. Teaching is guaranteed in the third and fourth years.
(Princeton, NJ): Princeton guarantees funding for its regularly enrolled, degree-seeking Ph.D. candidates for all years of regular program enrollment, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance. This base stipend is intended to support the estimated living expenses of a single graduate student during each year of regular enrollment.
(New Brunswick, NJ): Rutgers Classics offers a number of funding options to PhD students. The standard package is five years, with a fellowship stipend for the first, third, and last years, and a teaching assistantship for the second and fourth years.
(Stanford, CA): The department offers all admitted students a comprehensive funding package covering tuition, stipend, research support, and teaching. Generous summer and conference travel funds are also available. The program has an excellent placement record. Ph.D. students in good academic standing are guaranteed funding for six years.
University of Chicago
(Chicago, IL): The doctoral students who matriculate in Classics will be fully supported by the University—with tuition, annual stipend, and individual health insurance—for as long as they remain in good standing, up to the University’s limit on registration. The funding level for stipends in 2020-2021 is $32,000.
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
(Chapel Hill, NC): It is the policy of the Department of Classics not to admit students to its graduate programs without funding. Although the available fellowships and assistantships vary to some extent in the level of support they provide, they all include a stipend, eligibility for full tuition, and health insurance. With only a few exceptions, they all also involve service as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.
(New Haven, CT): For doctoral students in the humanities, Yale offers a full funding package for all incoming Ph.D. students for a minimum of five years, with most students in FAS programs eligible for the sixth year of funding. The basic package includes full tuition and a generous annual stipend. In 2021-2022, Yale’s minimum stipend is $33,600.
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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