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Financial Aid

If you are applying for financial aid, the deadline is December 15. The following materials should also be included with the admissions materials you send to the Program in Comparative Literature:

  1. An addition to your "Statement of Purpose" on a separate sheet, indicating your prior teaching experience and abilities, and your qualifications for specific teaching positions. This is a separate sheet detailing teaching experience (and, where appropriate, dates of residency abroad).

Types of Financial Aid:

University Preemptive Fellowships are prestigious awards offered by the Graduate School to attract top quality graduate students to The University of Texas. Graduate Advisers identify and nominate eligible applicants. Applicants who satisfy certain criteria may be offered fellowship support immediately without waiting for a committee decision. These fellowships are not available to students who are currently or were previously enrolled in the Graduate School program at UT Austin; however, UT Austin undergraduates who meet the criteria are eligible. The size of the stipend is at the discretion of the Graduate Adviser.

University Continuing Fellowships are University Fellowships awarded to advanced students, usually to those who are conducting research on or writing their dissertations. Students nominated for Continuing Fellowships become eligible for seven other fellowship competitions: University Tuition Fellowships, Cullen Trust Student Endowment Fellowships, Hemphill-Gilmore Fellowships, A.D.Hutchison Student Endowment Fellowships, William S. Livingston Graduate Fellowship, and W. Gordon Whaley Fellowship.

Teaching Assistantships:The Program is able to offer a limited number of teaching positions through cooperating departments, including Asian Studies, Classics, English, French & Italian, Germanic Languages, Middle Eastern Studies, Slavic Languages, and Spanish & Portuguese. In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to the Program, to be nominated for such awards, applicants must meet the specific requirements of the department involved, such as having appropriate prior training and fluency in the language concerned. Normally, most cooperating departments offer students a certain number of years of (informally) guaranteed assistance, so that awards are automatically renewed provided students teach adequately and general academic criteria are met for re-employment. Should students wish to change departments or to seek financial aid for the first time after having already studied in the Program for a year or more, they must apply for such aid through the Program, which will review the application and, once it is approved, forward it to the department concerned. It is the responsibility of the student to find out about deadlines and to submit application materials on time.

The current stipend amount for a nine-month, half-time TA appointment (20 hours per week of grading, tutoring, or conducting review/discussion sessions) can be found here.  Please note the rate of pay is slightly higher for students with a M.A. TAs must pay their own tuition and fees, but may do so at the rate for Texas residents; they are also eligible for the U.T. health insurance premium sharing benefit. A waiver of tuition is not included with the stipend but tuition assistance is offered.  For more information, please visit http://www.utexas.edu/ogs/employment/tuition. TAs must register for a minimum of nine hours during each long semester; employing departments require registration in a pedagogy course (398T) for one semester as part of their employment contracts

Assistant Instructorships: The current stipend amount for AIs can be found here.  To qualify for the stipend, a student must hold an M.A. or the equivalent and have appropriate teaching experience. Normally, duties include instructional responsibility for three or four courses per academic year. AIs must pay their own tuition and fees, but may do so at the rate for Texas residents; they are also eligible for the U.T. health insurance premium sharing benefit. A waiver of tuition is not included with the stipend but tuition assistance is offered.  For more information, please visit http://www.utexas.edu/ogs/employment/tuition/. AIs must register for a minimum of nine hours during each long semester; employing departments require registration in a pedagogy course (398T) for one semester as part of their employment contracts.

Professional Development Awards: At various times during the year, the Program holds open competitions for professional development awards for graduate students. These awards, funded through the Graduate School, are designed to allow students to present original papers at learned societies. Usually, these awards are only granted to advanced students and those attending national and international conferences.

For additional financial aid information, visit the Office of Student Financial Services Web Site.  A full list of fellowships, both internal and external, can be found here.

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