Internal Funding Sources
Doctoral Assistantships: Assistantships provide a taxable stipend ($26,000 for the 2015-2016 AY), cover thesis research fees or tuition and health insurance. Recipients must be full-time students; they work 15 hours a week as Research Assistants (RAs) or Teaching Assistants (TAs) assigned to individual faculty, or may be assigned to teach a section of an undergraduate course such as Introduction to Language. Assistantships are normally renewable for five years, based on review of performance. Only Ph.D. students are eligible for these awards.
Scholarships cover tuition for between one and three courses or thesis research fees, with no work requirement. Scholarships are awarded for a term of one or two semesters.
A limited number of RAships are also available in connection with individual faculty grants. Consult individual faculty members about the availability of these RAships.
All awards are highly competitive. All new applicants to the program will automatically be considered for financial aid. There is no separate application for fellowships, assistantships, or scholarships.
University Fellowships: Each department may nominate two applicants to its Ph.D. program for the prestigious University Fellowships, which provide five years of full funding (tuition, stipend and health insurance). Recipients of these awards are designated 'University Fellows' and participate in a special program that includes mentoring, special lectures, and other activities.
Some graduate students are engaged as teaching assistants or instructors by language departments in the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics. To find out about these opportunities, students should contact the various language departments directly.
External Funding Sources
Because departmental funding is limited, both unfunded students and students nearing the end of their award term are encouraged to apply for outside grants and internships. A selection of resources is given below; students should also consult the Office of Student Financial Services, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of the Provost.
1. American Anthropological Association
2. American Sociological Association
3. Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)
4. Department of Education: Student Guide to Financial Aid
5. Funding for Women and Minorities
6. The LINGUIST list
Additional Funding Sources for Linguistics Graduate Students
(Please refer to the organization's website for submission deadlines and application information.)
1. American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL)
Various awards, including travel grants for the annual conference
2. American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Dissertation fellowships and other grants for women
3. American Council of Learned Societies
Assortment of fellowships
4. The Camargo Foundation Fellowships
For research in the humanities and social sciences related to French and francophone cultures.
5. Consortium of Universities Consortium fellows program
Research areas include linguistics.
6. Cosmos Club Foundation
Small grants for equipment, conference travel, etc.
7. Council of American Overseas Research Centers
Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program
Grants for dissertation and post-doctoral research in Germany
9. Department of Defense NDSEG
Fellowships for doctoral study in science and engineering (3-year term)
10. District of Columbia DC State Student Incentive Grant Program (SSIG)
Master's grants for DC residents
11. Ford Foundation
Predoctoral and dissertation fellowships for minorities
12. Fulbright grants (USIA)
Graduate study abroad for US citizens; graduate study in the US for non-US citizens
13. Language Learning Dissertation Grant Program
14. Mellon Foundation Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research
15. Modern Language Journal Dissertation Support Grants
Check annually for fall deadlines
16. National Science Foundation Graduate research fellowships (GRF)
For college seniors and first-year graduate students; 3-year term
17. National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement GrantsNote: Proposals are submitted by a faculty member on behalf of the graduate student
18. Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
Grants for up to two years of graduate study in the United States.
19. Social Science Research Council
Pre-dissertation and dissertation fellowships and grants
20. Spencer Foundation Grants and Fellowships
For research in education
21. TESOL Fellowships
For graduate study; travel grants (membership required).
22. The Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation fellowships
For research in anthropology.
23. The William Orr Dingwall Fellowship
For research in neurolinguistics.