Financial Support & Employment

The Comparative Literature program is committed to supporting all our incoming and continuing students, depending on performance. Read more about financial support here

International Students

A Graduate Division fellowship allows us to support international students by paying their full non-resident supplemental tuition (NRST) until they advance to candidacy, at which point the NRST is waived for 9 quarters.


Multi-year fellowships

Candidates with distinguished scholarly records can receive multi-year fellowship support packages from the Graduate Division that include funding for tuition and health insurance. Such support enables students to concentrate all their effort on course work, examinations and research, in alternate years.

Continuing fellowships

Advanced students who did not receive central fellowships upon their admission may qualify for continuing fellowships, particularly once they have advanced to candidacy. These awards are university-wide competitions for dissertation-year fellowships. We also encourage our graduate students to enter competitions for extramural fellowships. Our Graduate Division organizes regular workshops to inform and help candidates with their applications.

Teaching Assistantships

Because teaching experience is an essential feature of our students' professional development, we offer Teaching Assistantships to our all students in good standing. Students can teach in our program or in cognate programs, or any of the national language programs. Provided that good academic standing is maintained and teaching performance is satisfactory, TA employment will be renewed, up to the normal limit of 18 quarters.

Time-sensitive Reminders

In order to be eligible for fellowships, incoming students must complete their online application by December 18; all supplemental materials must also be received by December 18.

Official TOEFL scores (for non-native speakers of English) should also be sent to the Graduate Division by January 1.

Notification of financial awards will be sent out in late February or early March.

Graduate Program Assistants

If you are interested in our program, please contact our Graduate Program Assistant (email: to arrange visits to our campus. We will be pleased to organize meetings with faculty and participation in graduate seminars. Students who are nominated for central fellowships will be invited to an open house prior to the deadline for their graduate school decision.