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Graduate Teaching Assistantships

The Germanic Languages & Literatures department does its best to provide funding in the form of Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) appointments to all incoming graduate students.  GTA appointments come with:

  • a competitive academic year salary
  • a 100% tuition waiver for all courses at KU
  • payment of 50% of campus fees
  • optional University-subsidized group health insurance 

The appointments are guaranteed for up to 3 years for M.A. students, 5 years for Ph.D. students and 6 years for students who receive both an M.A. and a Ph.D. at The University of Kansas.  GTAs in the department receive thorough training in language instruction, close mentoring, and the opportunity to teach French at a variety of levels, providing them with a strong base of teaching experience upon entering the job market.


Post-comprehensive (ABD) students completing their dissertations are also eligible for one of the the departmental Max Kade Dissertation Fellowships.  The fellowship provides $15,000 for an academic year to allow students to concentrate on the research and writing of their dissertation.

Applying for Funding

Apply for funding when applying to the graduate program. Please indicate in your statement of purpose or on the GTA section of the online application for graduate study whether you wish to be considered for funding and which form(s) of funding you are seeking.

Applicants who wish to be considered for funding in the form of a GTA or GRA (Graduate Teaching/Graduate Research Assistantship) appointment should complete an application, including the submission of all supplemental documents and letters of recommendation by February 15 for a Fall (August) start.  Some students may still be considered for funding after that date in exceptional cases.

Applicants seeking funding in the form of a Graduate Fellowship should apply no later than January 15. 

For further information about applying to the program, see the application page of this website.


University Funding

There are also university fellowships for truly outstanding students. Visit the Graduate Studies website for information about additional funding opportunities for KU graduate students.

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