University of Pittsburgh


Graduate Financial Assistance

The department attempts to provide financial assistance to students whose performance is at a consistently high level for the five-to-six years that they are in residence as students. The sources of such assistance are the following:

Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowships

These fellowships are awarded to students of exceptional promise and ability either when they first enroll in the PhD program or when they have advanced to the dissertation stage. Stipends for 2010-2011 were $19,165, plus remission of tuition. No service is required.

Provost's Humanities Fellowships

A few of these fellowships are awarded to exceptional students who are beginning graduate work in the humanities. Stipends for 2010-2011 were $18,980, plus remission of tuition. No service is required.

Robert S. Marshall Fellowships

These fellowships are limited to students of ability and promise in classics. Stipends for 2011-2012 are $18,980, plus remission of tuition.

Lillian B. Lawler Fellowship

Two fellowships (plus tuition for two terms) are awarded annually to full-time, advanced-level graduate students pursuing a PhD in Classics, English, French, German, Hispanic, History, or Slavic who show potential for an outstanding career in teaching and research. No service is required.

Provost's Development Fellowships

These University fellowships are awarded to U.S. citizens on the basis of need and merit to provide development opportunities for women, minorities, and disadvantaged students pursuing the doctorate. They generally carry a stipend and full tuition for two terms. Both incoming and continuing students are eligible to apply.

K. Leroy Irvis Fellowships

These multi-year fellowships are available to distinguished African-American graduate students pursuing the doctorate. They generally carry a stipend and full tuition for two terms. Both incoming and continuing students are eligible for these fellowships.

Teaching Assistantships

For graduate students in good standing, some teaching assistantships are usually available in each of the three terms. The stipends for the fall and spring terms for 2011-2012 combined are $15,830. These require half-time service (20 hours a week in teaching, including preparation, office hours, and grading).

Teaching Fellowships

For graduate students of ability and promise who have earned the MA, these fellowships are usually available in each term. The stipends for the fall and spring terms for 2011-2012 combined are $16,460. These require half-time service (20 hours a week in teaching, including preparation, office hours, and grading).

Dean's Tuition Scholarships

A limited number of tuition scholarships are available for students who are not funded by teaching assistantships or fellowships. Priority is given to students who have completed all course requirements, are working on the dissertation, have exhausted all departmental support, and need to be minimally registered in order to use University facilities.

Teaching Positions

A limited number of teaching positions are available during the summer term.