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Graduate Grants and Fellowships

A number of stipends and scholarships are available to prospective graduate students. Financial awards are paid out on an twelve-month schedule; the first check is issued on August 31 and the last check at the end on July 31st of the following year.

University Tuition Scholarships are service-free awards that pay all or part of tuition costs. In addition, students normally receive a stipend for Graduate Teaching Assistantship.

Graduate Teaching Assistantship

Our standard graduate teaching assistantship includes full tuition benefits, an annual stipend of $25,000 and medical insurance.

Honor Fellowships

In addition to the standard graduate assistantship, the Graduate School has a number of honor fellowships available for highly qualified incoming students. (The Department nominates students for these fellowships during the application process.)

  • University Graduate Fellowship (up to $10,000 a year)
  • Harold Stirling Vanderbilt Graduate Scholarship (up to $6,000 a year)
  • Provost's Graduate Fellowship for Under-represented Minority Graduate Students (up to $10,000 a year). These honor fellowships supplement the graduate teaching assistantship for a period of five years. 

Throughout their time at Vanderbilt, graduate students can apply to various Centers and to the College of Arts and Science for additional financial support (see links below):

Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities Graduate Student Fellowship

  • A service-free fellowship targeted to outstanding students in the last year of their graduate programs to enable full-time work in the dissertation (tuition, health insurance, a $26,500 stipend, and a $2,000 research budget).

Center for Teaching Graduate Teaching Fellows

  • Work with the CFT in lieu of Teaching Assistantship. Stipend of $26,000.

Summer Research Awards of the College of Arts and Science

  • Offered to accelerate progress towards scholarly publications (up to $3,000).

Summer and Travel Awards from the Center of Latin American Studies

  • FLAS Summer Awards to study Portuguese, Quechua or other indigenous languages (tuition up to $5,000 and a $2,500 stipend)
  • Simon Collier Travel Award for research in Latin America, especially Argentina and Chile ($500 to $2,000)
  • Tinker Field Research Grant to support summer travel expenses related to field research in Latin America or Iberia ($2,000).

Student Travel Grants

  • Support for participation in national and international conferences (Up to three $500 awards for domestic or international travel).

Other awards from Centers on campus: