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.
We make every effort to guarantee all students admitted to our MA programs, including international students, two years of funding, as permitted by college and University resources, policies, and procedures. Students beyond the second year are afforded support when resources permit.
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 CNRC 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 (no more than 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 CNRC faculty receive funding that will support the employment of a graduate research assistant (RA), generally at 25% or 50% time. These opportunities are communicated by the professor who is seeking a graduate student research assistant. CNRC graduate students also may apply for research assistantships with faculty in the other departments.
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.
- College of Liberal Arts Graduate Fellowship
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.
- Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship
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.)
- Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) Fellowships
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.
- ICGC Scholar Fellowships
- ICGC-Mellon Scholar Fellowships