The Department of French is committed to providing full funding to all students for the duration of the M.A.-Ph.D. degree. The award package, comprising a combination of graduate teaching assistantships (GTAs) and fellowships, is guaranteed for 5 years, and covers tuition, fees, and comprehensive health insurance. It also includes an annual stipend of $20,000. for basic living expenses in Charlottesville, plus four $4,000 summer stipends.
This funding package guarantees graduate students two years of full funding with no teaching duties during the first and fifth years of the program. Beginning in their second year, and for three consecutive years, graduate students teach one course per semester in the undergraduate French language program. A limited number of teaching positions are also available during the summer session.
Once they have completed all coursework and exams, doctoral students in good standing are eligible for a variety of internal research fellowships and grants, including: GSAS Arts and Humanities Research Council Grants that support work over the summer. The Department, Graduate School, and the Office of the VP for Research also regularly fund student participation in a variety of professional conferences, institutes and seminars, including the bi-annual Dartmouth Institute for French Cultural Studies and the Geneva Summer School in French Literary and Historical Studies. The Department of French also encourages students to participate in study abroad, whether through its established teaching exchange programs with partner universities in Paris and Lyon, through the university’s competitive graduate exchange program with the ENS in Paris, or through externally funded fellowships like the Chateaubriand, the Fulbright, the Sibley, the Phi Beta Kappa Jensen award, and the Bourse Jeanne Marandon. Graduate students may also consult with the Center for Undergraduate Excellence, which often has information on relevant funding opportunities.
The University of Virginia's Office of Graduate and Post-graduate Affairs publishes an extensive list of funding opportunities and resources for graduate students, which may be consulted here.
Please note that all forms of departmental financial aid, including teaching appointments, are granted and reviewed annually. In addition, the renewal of teaching appointments is based on demonstrated teaching competence and continued satisfactory progress in the graduate program.
UVA resources for Graduate Study
- Office of Graduate and Post-Graduate Affairs
- Career Development: Office of Graduate and Post-Graduate Affairs
External sources of Funding
- External Funding Databases
- The Walter J. Jensen Fellowship for French Language, Literature, and Culture (Deadline: January 15th)
- The Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship (Deadline: January 15th –Awards in French on a 2-year cycle)
- Institut Français d’Amérique -- Fellowships for Humanities and Social Science Research in France (Deadline: January 15th)
- Bourse Jeanne Marandon (deadline: January 15th)
- Chateaubriand Humanities & Social Science Fellowship (Deadline: January 20th)
- Fulbright US Student Program (Deadline: October 11th)