Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Financial Support Overview

Through a combination of departmental and university fellowships and graduate student employment, the Center for and Department of Middle Eastern Studies offer students many resources to finance their graduate education.

Approximately 95% of Department students (MELC) and 90% of Center students (MES) are receiving full funding in the 2015-16 year. Departmental funding comes primarily in the form of instructor positions, teaching assistantships, and fellowships (internal and external). Center funding comes primarily in the form of FLAS fellowships obtained through affiliated UT programs, and teaching assistantships within the Center, as well as affiliated programs like History, Government, International Relations, Comparative Literature, Philosphy, English, and Classics. Center students who are not fully funded may receive waivers of non-resident tuition, and other are sometimes able to secure financial assistance through external fellowships (e.g. Boren) and federal financial aid (priority deadline typically March 15 each year).

Students are automatically considered for fellowships and academic employment (TA/AI-ships) based on annual academic review conducted by the faculty (continuing students) or the merits of the graduate school application (prospective students). DMES/MELC prioritizes its PhD students for its employment positions, the majority of which serve language courses. CMES TA-ships are fewer in number and typically serve undergraduate courses in Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Studies.

Limits on Funding for PhD students in the College of Liberal Arts

The College of Liberal Arts enforces a limit of 6 years of funding in most students' cases. This has not been a problem for MELC students since degrees are typically completed within this time frame. The 6-year limit includes students who complete a master's degree along the way to the PhD. Please click here to read more about this policy.

Graduate Student Employment in C/DMES

C/DMES, COLA, and OGS Fellowships (including travel)

External Fellowships

GAANN Fellowships (DMES / MELC program)

FLAS Fellowships (offered through 3 affiliated programs)

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