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Typically, graduate funding takes the form of a combination of teaching assistantships, small grants, and occasionally larger fellowships, which usually involve University-wide competition. The funding package for each academic year covers tuition and either salary for teaching or stipend for grants or fellowships. The combination of salaries and stipends is designed to cover the living expenses commensurate with a typical graduate-student lifestyle in the Twin Cities.

MA Programs

We make every effort to guarantee all students admitted to our MA programs, including international students, three years of funding, as permitted by college and University resources, policies, and procedures. Students beyond the third year are afforded support when resources permit.

PhD Programs

We make every effort to guarantee all students admitted to our PhD programs, including international students, five years of funding, as permitted by college and University resources, policies, and procedures. Students beyond the fifth year are afforded support when resources permit.

Graduate Assistantship Appointments

Graduate Assistantships are available for CNES graduate students. As part of the department's commitment to prepare graduate students for academic careers, we typically support all students in good standing for two and five years. Initially, graduate assistants act as teaching assistants (TAs) grading examinations and papers in undergraduate courses or leading discussion sections of large lecture courses. Qualified students may also have the opportunity to teach elementary Greek or Latin in the department as graduate instructors.

Appointments are typically made at the 50% level (approximately 20 hours per week.) Teaching assistants at the 50% level are awarded a full-tuition scholarship, up to 14 credits per semester.

A variety of working groups, presentations, and seminars focused on teaching techniques and strategies are offered periodically throughout the year by the Graduate School, the Center for Educational Innovation, the Center for Writing, and other entities.

Research Assistant Appointments

From time to time CNES faculty receive funding that will support the employment of a graduate research assistant (RA), generally at 25% or 50% time. These opportunities are posted on the CNES graduate student list. Interested graduate students apply directly to the faculty member posting the position. CNES graduate students also may apply for research assistantships with faculty in the other departments.

Fellowship Opportunities

For more information and a full list of fellowships available through the University, see the Graduate School Fellowship Office.

Note: If you are an underrepresented, educationally disadvantaged, or physically disadvantaged student, inform us at the time of application. The University offers special fellowships for which you might be nominated by the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies.

This competitive fellowship currently includes an academic-year stipend of $25,000 for the first year, $5,000 during each of the following four years, academic-year tuition at regular rates for up to 14 graduate credits each semester, and subsidized health insurance through the Graduate Assistant Health Plan for the academic year and summer.

The Office for Diversity in Graduate Education (ODGE) administers the DOVE Fellowship, awarded to approximately 20 first-year students from underrepresented groups (US citizens or permanent residents.)

The Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) offers fellowships for exceptionally capable students, especially but not only from the global south and US communities of color, whose backgrounds and interests clearly reflect a commitment to the interdisciplinary study of the global south in the context of global change.

  • The GRPP is a graduate student fellowship program that supports research partnerships between faculty in CLA and students enrolled in graduate programs housed within the college, including CNES. The program provides a summer research stipend to CLA graduate students to support their professional, scholarly, and creative development while collaborating with a CLA faculty project advisor.

Other Funding Resources