Students admitted to the Ph.D. program receive an assistantship renewable for five years. After the fifth year, students are eligible for competitively awarded dissertation completion fellowships offered through the McAnulty Graduate School. Financial support in return for additional adjunct teaching is also often available during the sixth year in the program.
Ph.D. assistantships include stipends and full tuition waivers. For the 2018-19 academic year, the stipend is $18,000. The tuition waivers cover all tuition expenses associated with required coursework and dissertation credits, as well as any credits necessary to pursue language study. Additional stipend awards are also available for students to intensively study languages abroad during at least one summer in the program. Funding is usually available for students to attend conferences at which they are presenting.
In return for assistantships, students are assigned as Teaching Assistant for full-time faculty during the first two years in the program and then, after extensive pedagogical training, teach their own small, introductory-level classes (one per semester for the third and fourth year, two per semester for the fifth). During the fourth year, students are also assigned as Research Assistants to their dissertation directors, or, if a dissertation prospectus has not yet been filed, to a faculty member in their intended area of specialization.