Funding For Graduate Students

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Internal Funding Source for PhD Students

Admission is highly competitive. All students admitted to the PhD program will be offered funding. There is no separate application for fellowships, assistantships, or scholarships.

Doctoral Assistantships: Assistantships provide a taxable stipend ($33,814 for the 2022-2023 AY), cover thesis research fees or tuition, and health insurance. Recipients must be full-time doctoral students. Assistantships require 15 hours per week or work as Research Assistants (RAs) or Teaching Assistants (TAs) who are assigned to individual faculty member or a faculty coordinator (as in the case of our introductory linguistics course: Introduction to Language). Assistantships are renewable for five years pending satisfactory performance.

External Funding Sources

Students 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

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 Grants Note: 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.