All students admitted to the graduate program are offered full financial support packages. These packages include full tuition remission for five years, a nine-month monthly stipend for each of the five years, and student health insurance coverage. Typically, packages combine two years of fellowship and three years of support through teaching assignments. For example, a student might serve as a teaching assistant for a large lecture course with the responsibility of leading two affiliated discussion sections, as a language instructor, or as an instructor in the Writing Program. Fellowship and teaching assignments receive the same level of support (stipend, tuition remission, and other benefits). Continued support beyond five years is not guaranteed but may be awarded at the discretion of the department.
There is no separate application for the departmental support packages.
In addition to these five-year awards, the Department regularly funds, to the extent possible, individual activities of its graduate students when these are related to a research program or to aid professional advancement. Travel to conferences, to archives or other research sites, summer study abroad, tuition for special seminars are all eligible for funding on an ad hoc basis.
USC Dornsife College of Arts, Letters and Sciences supplements departmental graduate support with several competitive awards including summer grants and Final Year Dissertation Fellowships. Comparative Literature graduate students have been very successful in winning these awards. The Graduate School also offers incoming and continuing students various fellowships.
Finally, doctoral candidates are frequently eligible for several dissertation fellowships that are funded by foundations, in particular the Josephine de Karmán Foundation and the Lion Feuchtwanger Foundation. Once again, our students have competed very successfully for these fellowships.