Graduate students are supported during their years of study with a combination of funds provided by the Graduate School, the Max Kade Fellowship, and topping-off awards.
Each graduate student accepted into the PhD or MA program is awarded an annual base stipend of $20,500 for five years. Tuition and health insurance are covered by the Graduate School.
In addition to the annual support of $20,500, topping-off awards are available through the Graduate School and the Provost’s Office. In recent years, the German Department successfully nominated particularly meritorious students for awards of either $6,000 or $10,000 annually for five years.
Furthermore, eligible students may apply for the Provost’s Fellowship to support underrepresented minority graduate students. The Provost’s Fellowship offers an award of $10,000 annually for five years.
The German Department provides students with year-long stipends for study and/or research abroad. Our Ph.D. students are highly successful in applying for dissertation enhancement grants and scholarships: in recent years, these have included stipends from the DAAD, the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, and the special Vanderbilt/Freie Universität Berlin Exchange Program.