Financial AssistanceFinancial support is available from the Department in the form of fellowships and teaching assistantships, or a combination of the two. Total support for teaching assistants ranges from $16,000 to $18,000. Special fellowships are also available to give dissertation writers a year free from teaching. To a student admitted with support, the German Department guarantees support for five (5) years, given satisfactory progress towards the degree. Entering students receive two (2) years of support for the M.A. and three (3) years for the Ph.D. Entering students who already have an M.A. or the equivalent normally receive four (4) years of support.
The years of guaranteed support may be appropriately shortened if a student who enters the program with outside support or is self-supporting receives a departmental award of support in subsequent year. Applying for fellowships outside the University is also encouraged.