Financial Aid

Financial Aid

Graduate and teaching assistantships include tuition waivers and a $22,225 TA stipend. Outstanding candidates may be nominated for additional support through the UM Fellowship Program ($27,225 for AY 2018-19). African American and Hispanic candidates may apply to the Florida Education Fund for the McKnight Fellowship ($12,000, topped off to $22,225 by UM’s College of Arts and Sciences).

The Department and University also offer competitive conference and research support to all graduate students on a regular basis.

Teaching Assistantships: The Department awards assistantships to all admitted candidates, which include a tuition waiver for full-time study and a nine-month stipend for teaching or other duties ($22,225 for 2018-19). Assistantships are renewable for up to four additional years, conditional on satisfactory academic and teaching performance.

The Department nominates selected incoming students for competitive Graduate School fellowships, including the UM Fellowship, which includes a tuition waiver for full-time study and a stipend of $27,225 for AY 2018-19. A complete list of prestigious fellowships is available on the Graduate School website.

The McKnight Doctoral Fellowship is for outstanding African-American and Hispanic students who meet the U.S. citizenship requirement. This fellowship is sponsored by the Florida Education Fund (FEF), and includes a three-year tuition waiver for full-time study and a stipend with no other duties required. Students should apply simultaneously to the Florida Education Fund and to the Department; only entering students are eligible. Students do not need to be currently attending a Florida school to apply. Applications must be postmarked by January 15th of each year.  Eligible students may apply online at:  The Florida Education Fund may be reached at (813) 272-2772.  If an applicant who is accepted into our Ph. D. program receives a McKnight Fellowship, the College of Arts and Sciences will increase the amount of the stipend ($12,000 for 2018-2019) to match the current TA stipend amount ($22,225)

The UM Institute for the Advanced Study of the Americas offers competitive academic year and summer research grants for students specializing in Caribbean or Latin American Studies. Please see more information here.

The College of Arts and Sciences sponsors Academic Year Dissertation Awards on a competitive basis to support students completing their dissertations during their final year in the Ph.D. program. Nine-month awards at the level of the standard TA stipend (currently $22,225) release students from teaching responsibilities. An interdisciplinary faculty review committee selects awardees each Spring.  Please see more information here.

The College of Arts and Sciences sponsors Summer Research Fellowships on a competitive basis for Ph.D. students who have completed their Qualifying Examinations or are about to take them to pursue research during the summer.  Awards for AY 18-19 are $5,000. Please see more information here.

Center for the Humanities Research Fellowships brings together faculty and graduate students for scholarly exchange that crosses departmental and disciplinary boundaries. Fellows participate in a research colloquium that meets regularly throughout the academic year; each meeting will focus on the project of one of the fellows. In the year following the fellowship period, fellows present their work to the larger UM community. In addition, they will be asked to serve as mentors to colleagues applying for Center or external fellowships. Three dissertation fellows participate in the year-long colloquium at the Center along with faculty fellows. The level of support matches the existing departmental TA stipend.