Financial Support

All offers of admission to CSLC include five years of full financial support.  These support packages take several forms, which are described below.  There is no separate application for any of them.

Merit Fellowship

This is the most common form of the five-year financial support package offered to admitted applicants. Two of these five years are fellowships, typically the first year and the fifth year.  This means that students receive tuition remission for up to 12 units each semester, medical and dental insurance, all fees, and a monthly stipend.  In 2011-12, the stipend was $23,000 paid out over ten months.  For the three non-fellowship years, students are assigned some teaching responsibilities, for example, as a teaching assistant in a large lecture class, an instructor in a basic language course or in the Writing Program.  During these years, they receive essentially the same level of support as during their fellowship years: tuition remission, health insurance, fees, and stipend. 

Graduate School Fellowship

For these highly competitive awards, the CSLC admissions committee nominates each year its top-ranked applicants.  With the exception of the higher stipend ($30,000 in 2011-12),  the other conditions of the award are the same as the Merit Fellowship: two fellowship years and three teaching years, full tuition remission, insurance, and fees.

Dornsife Doctoral Fellowship

These awards are made by the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences as enhancements to the Merit Fellowship.  Dornsife Fellows receive an additional $6000 for summer support and research funding.  Nominations are made by the CSLC admissions committee and the final selection is made by a College committee.

Other forms of support

CSLC has additional funds available to support continuing graduate student research and professional activity.  Students apply for these funds as needed to cover costs, for example, for travel to archives, participation in professional meetings, summer study programs, and other activities.

The Graduate Student Government also makes small grants (maximum $500 per year) to cover costs for travel to conferences, for example. 

The Graduate School awards a number of fellowships for continuing students.  Nominations are made annually for these awards by the CSLC Graduate Studies Committee and the final selection is made by Graduate School.

Students are also encouraged to seek external fellowships.  The Graduate School has a list of external fellowships here.