Financial Support

Graduate students in the department of linguistics are typically supported for the full five years of their graduate study. Students must remain in good academic standing in order for their support to be renewed each year.  Most students receive mixed types of support over the course of their five years, for example, a graduate assistantship or fellowship for the first two years, teaching assistantships for the next two, and then a dissertation fellowship for the final year. All of these options include full tuition remission and paid health benefits. In addition to the information that follows, further information about graduate student funding at Rutgers can be found by clicking here.

Fellowships have no teaching or other duties associated with them. Students are typically provided with fellowships for their first and/or final year, to enable them to concentrate on their program of study or their dissertation.

Graduate Assistantships
Graduate assistantships require a student to work in support of the grant-supported research of faculty members, usually 15-20 hours per week. The number and type of graduate assistantships available each year varies according to the research programs and grants of the faculty members. Graduate assistantships can provide valuable research experience in addition to financial support for graduate study.

Teaching Assistantships
Teaching assistants in their first year of teaching are usually assigned to lead discussion sections for one of the large introductory courses in linguistics, and then go on to teach one course per semester on their own. Teaching assistantships are a valuable source of teaching experience for our graduate students. Some students may also teach in the foreign language departments or in the Rutgers Writing Program .

Other Rutgers Fellowships
In addition to the standard package, two special opportunities exist for incoming graduate students.  One is the Presidential Fellowship, which carries a stipend of $35,000 per year for the first two years; another is the Torrey Fellowship, which provides $24,000 per year for the first two years. For more information on applying for these fellowships please click on their respective links.

Outside funding
Because funding is limited, we encourage applicants to pursue outside sources of support.  Graduate fellowships from government and private sources often provide a higher stipend for living expenses, and also help the department by making it possible to offer better support to more of our students. Following are some of the more well-known sources of funding for graduate study:

  • International Fulbright Commission
  • National Science Foundation
  • Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program
  • American Association of University Women
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies and the Social Sciences
  • Humanities Research Council of Canada (for Canadians).  
  • The Rutgers University Chaser Resource Center website also has detailed information on outside funding sources.

International Students
We welcome applications from international students.  All University Fellowships, Teaching Assistantships and Graduate Assistantships, except the Torrey Fellowship, are open to non-citizens as well.