Fellowships and teaching assistantships are awarded each year on the basis of merit and promise. These provide a living stipend in addition to tuition and health insurance coverage. Applications for financial awards should be made at the time of application to the Graduate School.
Each year several Vanderbilt Honor Scholarships and University Graduate Fellowships are awarded to exceptional students entering graduate study. Honor scholarships provide stipends of $3,000 to $5,000 per year in addition to the regular fellowship or assistantship award. Such awards are renewable, provided the holders continue to fulfill the high promise for which they were chosen.
The Department of Education has designated CLAS as one of its Foreign Language and Area Studies Programs and funds five graduate fellowships annually, as well as summer travel to Brazil, Guatemala, and Mexico for intensive language training. Vanderbilt CLAS is also one of the select graduate programs approved by the U.S. Army for its Foreign Area Officer training.