Fellowships and Teaching Assistantships

Financial Support

All students who are offered admission to the Ph.D. program receive departmental funding, either in the form of non-teaching fellowships, awarded on the basis of academic excellence or are offered teaching assistantships/fellowships. There is no additional financial aid application. Assuming satisfactory academic progress, students entering the program will be offered five years of support.

Teaching Assistantships/Fellowships

Each year the department awards teaching assistantships and teaching fellowships to incoming graduate students and to continuing students in good academic standing. Teaching assistants (students with a BA or equivalent only) and teaching fellows (students with an MA) receive a stipend, full tuition remission, and UPMC health coverage every year, as compensation for teaching either one 5-credit course each term, or a combination of two 3-credits courses one term and one 3-credit course the other.

Teaching Assistant (2018-2019): $18,910 per year

Teaching Fellow (2018-2019): $19,660 per year

Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences (DSAS) Fellowships for Incoming Students

Entering students may be nominated by the department for an A&S Fellowship, or for the Provost’s Humanities Fellowship, both of which free recipients from teaching duties in their first year. In addition, there are several University fellowships that are specifically designated for incoming U.S. (citizen or permanent resident) minority students, including the K. Leroy Irvis Fellowships and the Provost’s Development Fellowships.

Arts and Sciences Fellowship Salaries (2018-2019): $23,490 

Other Non-Teaching Fellowships for 1st-5th-year students

The Department nominates several outstanding continuing students each year to compete for University-wide, non-teaching fellowships:

  • Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowships
  • Lillian B. Lawler Dissertation Fellowships
  • Alfredo Gutiérrez
  • Foreign Languages and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) (require the study of Portuguese or a Native American language during the year of the award, and restricted to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are pursuing the graduate certificate in Latin American Studies)
  • Cultural Studies Program Fellowships (for students pursuing the graduate certificate in cultural studies).
  • Provost Award

Graduate students in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures have fared very well in the competition for these fellowships, and each year, five or six students are supported in this way, allowing them a year free of teaching duties. The Mellon and Lawler fellowships, in particular, are normally taken during the dissertation year.

Summer Teaching Assistantships/Fellowships

Subject to funding, and awarded according to seniority in the program:

Teaching Assistant Summer 1 or 2 (2018-2019): approximately $6,911, depending on the teaching assignment.

Teaching Fellow Summer 1 or 2 (2018-2019): approximately $7,193, depending on the teaching assignment

Summer Departmental Grants for Research

All Ph.D. students receive a $3,000 grant during their second summer in the program to support their academic research or writing.

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