Financial Support

The Department of French and Italian considers all admitted graduate students for financial support in the form of University Fellowships or Graduate Associateships.  A full tuition and fee authorization covering all instructional and general fees, including nonresident fees, is provided with these awards.  University Fellowships and Graduate Associateships also provide 85 percent towards the cost of university health insurance coverage and 85 percent towards dependent coverage.

Graduate Associateships

Graduate Associateships provides an apprenticeship experience along with financial support. This apprenticeship complements formal instruction and gives the student practical, personal experience that can be gained only by performing instructional, research, or administrative activities.  Most graduate associates work 20 hours per week for 9 months, and receive a monthly stipend. Ohio State offers stipends that are competitive with other universities of similar size and scope.

University Fellowships

A Graduate School fellowship is a financial award made by the university directly to a graduate student to provide support during a portion of the graduate degree program. Fellows are selected on the basis of academic merit through a university-wide competition without respect to financial need. Graduate fellows do not perform a service in return for receiving a stipend.  The Graduate Studies Advisory Committee, which reviews applications, nominates outstanding candidates in order for them to be considered for this award by the Graduate School. To be considered for a nomination, the Graduate Studies Advisory Committee must have your complete application no later than November 30.

Graduate Enrichment Fellowship

The Graduate Enrichment Fellowship are used to recruit new, incoming graduate students to Ohio State who will bring diversity to the Graduate School. The Graduate School at Ohio State considers diversity to be a broadly defined concept, and The Graduate School considers each applicant’s promise of making notable contributions to the Ohio State and Columbus community. Examples of diversity include but are not limited to ethnic background, social or economic disadvantage, disability, nominee status as a McNair scholar, or other characteristics or attributes that may contribute to the diversity of the Graduate School. Please note that students do not apply directly for these fellowships and nominations are made and submitted by graduate programs. To be considered for a Graduate Enrichment Fellowship, you much respond to the Graduate Enrichment Fellowship question in the Graduate Application, and detail how you would bring diversity to the Graduate School community. More information is availble on the website of the Graduate School.

Additional Department Funding Opportunities for Current Students

Summer Funding Opportunities

The Department of French and Italian offers a number of Summer Funding Opportunities for current graduate students.

Graduate Funding Award (for Students in their Final Year of Funding)

Graduate students in their final year of funding may apply for an award that will extend graduate funding for one academic year. This competitive award will cover tuition remission (maximum of three credit hours), teaching stipend, and the usual fees for two consecutive semesters during one academic year. Applicants must be in their final year of funding to be eligible. Applicants should send the following to the Academic Program Coordinator: 1) A letter of application that details accomplishments in research, teaching, and service while in the Department, specific progress made to date on the dissertation, and a timeline for completion (maximum 2-pages, single-spaced); 2) A Summary of the dissertation with chapter breakdown (maximum three-pages, single spaced); 3) a CV; 4) a brief statement (200-words) detailing any extenuating circumstances that you would like to share with the committee (if applicable). The Dissertation Advisor should send to the APC a letter of support. Applications will be reviewed jointly by the Graduate Studies Committee. 

Deadline: December 24

Bulatkin Travel Award

Graduate students in French and Italian who have had a paper accepted at a professional conference, who have a research project that requires travel, or who have job interviews at the annual MLA Convention may apply for a Bulatkin Travel Award worth up to $350. Depending on demand, presentations at graduate conferences may be funded up to $200. To apply, students should send a brief letter describing their paper or project, a copy of the letter of acceptance or invitation, and an estimated budget (travel, lodging, and transportation) to the Department Chair. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year until the funds have been exhausted. Students who are members of the MLA by June 30 of the year preceding the January Convention and who are giving a paper or have job interviews at the Convention are encouraged to apply also for MLA Assistance of up to $300.

Rennes Exchange

The Department of French and Italian invites applications from graduate students in French and Francophone Studies to participate in the Rennes exchange for one academic year (appointment date begins on September 1). This is a wonderful opportunity to live in France for a year and acquire teaching experience (language of instruction is English). Please note that according to rules set by Rennes, participants must be native speakers of English. Applicants should send the following to the Academic Program Coordinator: 1)  A letter of application that details the motivations to participate in the exchange, accomplishments made in research, teaching, and service while in the Department, and progress made to date on the degree (maximum 2-pages, single-spaced; and 2) a CV; The student’s Advisor should send to the APC a brief letter of support. Applications will be reviewed by the Graduate Studies Committee, and decisions will be conveyed by early February.

Deadline: January 10

Ohio State Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students

The Ohio State University Travel and Research Grants for Graduate Students

Arts and Sciences Small Grants
Critical Difference for Women Grants
Dr. Gordon P. K. Chu Memorial Scholarship
G. Michael Riley International Academic Fund
International Awards for Visual and Performing Arts
Mershon Center, Graduate Student Research Grants
Office of International Affairs, Fulbright Fellowships
Office of International Affairs, Graduate/Professional Student Grants and Scholarships
Council of Graduate Students Funding Opportunities

Felice M. Grad Endowed Scholarships

The Felice M. Grad Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in April 2016 by the Board of Trustees of The Ohio State University, with a gift from the estate of Felice Marcus Grad (BA 1946, BS 1946, MA 1947). The fund’s purpose is to support off-campus study and/or research for graduate students in AAAS, Classics, DEALL, FRIT, GLL, NELC, SEELC, and SPPO at any stage of their graduate program. Types of off-campus research and study for which students may apply for funds include but are not limited to: library or archival work, interviews with subjects, conference presentations, language immersion programs, NEH or other summer seminars, the Big Ten Academic Alliance Traveling Scholar program, and professionalization workshops. The scholarship committee solicits applications for awards between $500 and $1000 dollars depending on demonstrated need. Applicants should submit the following materials:

  • a cv
  • a one- to two-page letter describing the project
  • a budget that includes travel, room and board, registration fees, tuition, cost of rent in Columbus while away, and any other costs that the project entails
  • a list of other scholarships for which they are also applying (from their department, Arts and Humanities, the Graduate School, the Alumni Association, etc. Indicate the amounts of these scholarships and if they have been secured or are pending).
  • a brief letter of support from their advisor

Please contact Rebecca Bias in the Center for Languages, Literatures, and Cultures for the current year deadline.

Other Funding Opportunities

African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI) for Boren Scholars

Dissertation Fellowships

Students in their penultimate or last year of funding are strongly encouraged to apply for internal and external dissertation fellowships, such as, among others:

Ohio State Graduate School Presidential Fellowship

Chateaubriand Fellowship

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad

American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship

Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship

See also the Graduate School’s page on external funding opportunities