Funding & Fellowships

All students, except foreign students, applying for Fellowships or Financial Aid are REQUIRED to complete the FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) available in 201 Sproul Hall.

•   Fellowships:

A variety of fellowships and fee grants are awarded to graduate students throughout the year. Fellowship fund sources fall into three categories: 1. Departmental, 2. Graduate Division, and 3. Other. It is the student’s responsibility to identify appropriate sources of support and meet all deadlines. For further information, please refer to the fellowships bulletin-board located outside the Graduate Assistant’s office (5309 Dwinelle).



1.    Department

Applications available in the Graduate Office, 5309 Dwinelle

Departmental Dissertation Year Fellowship Available: mid-December
Deadline: January 25
Chancellor’s Dissertation-Year
UC Dissertation Year
Mentored Research Award
Available: mid-January
Deadline: February 15

All of the above are processed by the Department.

*  Funding for Non-resident Tuition is not available to students beyond the Normative Time period for the program in which they are enrolled, that is 6 years in the Ph. D. program in Romance Languages and Literatures, and 6 years in the Ph.D. in Hispanic and Languages and Literatures program.

PLEASE NOTE: International Graduate Students Advanced to Candidacy have a maximum of three years of Non-Resident Tuition Waiver. If they exceed this time, student will have to pay the full Non-Resident Tuition cost on their own.


2.   Graduate Division:

Applications available in the Graduate Fellowships Office, 318 Sproul Hall.

Foreign Language and Area Studies: Deadline:


Applications for the following fellowships are available in the Graduate Fellowships Office: Bancroft Library Study, Phi Beta Kappa Scholarships, Mabelle McLeod Lewis, Ford Foundation Minority Doctoral, Fulbright and Grants for Graduate Study Abroad, Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Grants.

Dean’s Normative Time Fellowship:

The Graduate Division Dean’s Normative Time Fellowship is intended to enable students in most humanities and social sciences departments to make timely progress in completing their doctoral requirements. Doctoral students who are advanced to candidacy by this benchmark (HLL 8th semester, RLL 8th semester or earlier) will be eligible for two semesters of fellowship (stipend and fees).

The fellowship can be used during any semester within the remaining normative time established for the major. Students will be able to work a maximum of 25% time while receiving this fellowship. They must be registered by university deadlines in the semester(s) they intend to receive this fellowship. For more information, go to the Fellowship office, 318 Sproul Hall.



3.   Other sources:

Doreen B. Townsend for the Humanities Available early October, 460 Stephens Hall
Extramural fellowships Consult The Grants Register, and the Annual Register of Grant Support 318 Sproul Hall

(Awarded by governmental agencies, private foundations, and corporations.)
Fellowship Index Located in 318 Sproul Hall(Lists fellowships sorted by general subject area)


•   Financial Aid:

Graduate students may apply for need-based loans and work-study through the Graduate Financial Aid Office located at 201 Sproul Hall (642-0485). Under federal guidelines all graduate students are considered independent, so unless they receive other funding which meets the standard student budget, most students are eligible for some type of financial aid. In order to receive aid, students must also be enrolled and be making satisfactory academic progress toward their degrees.

For more information, please visit their web site at:


• Departmental

Conference Travel

This support is available to students whose conference papers deal directly with the dissertation. A maximum of $350 per year may be reimbursed for travel, lodging and meals. Request must be approved by the Chair of the department prior to attending the conference. This application must be accompanied by a photocopy of the invitation or acceptance of the paper, and by a letter from the Chair of the dissertation committee confirming that the paper is related to the thesis. Students who have not yet advanced to candidacy may also be considered if funds are available; please consult with the graduate adviser.


  • Fall/Winter travel:    September 30th.    Students will be notified by October 15th.
  • Spring travel:            February 1st.          Students will be notified by February 15th.

Click here to download the application form.


Summer Research Grant

Call for summer research projects are usually announced by mid-April. Students can apply for a maximum of $3,000 to fund their summer research. Applications will be judged according to intellectual excellence and achievement in the field. The request should be geared towards academic progress. Grants may be applied to the following categories:

• Foreign Language Study

• Attending summer courses related to one’s specialization and/or research projects.

• Travel and stipend for Pre-Dissertation or Dissertation Research.

Criteria for the application:

a. Students with more than one incomplete are ineligible to apply;
b. For students who have received summer funding from the department in a prior year, please attach a report to your application describing your use of the funds.

Priority will be given to candidates who have not received summer support in the past. Applicants are strongly encouraged to look for other sources of funding (CLAS, IAS, PSP, Townsend, etc.). Special attention will be given to applications seeking matching funds.


Departmental Support for MLA Candidates.

The department will provide support to candidates interviewing at the annual MLA Conference. Total amount reimbursed will be announced by mid-November.

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