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Financial Support

Financial Support

Graduate students in good standing receive financial support in the form of a Teaching Assistantship. But the Department also encourages students to seek out external funding in the form of competitive Graduate School and national fellowships, particularly during the dissertation years.

Resources for finding appropriate funding include:

Graduate students are also encouraged to seek feedback on their fellowship applications to make them more competitive. Dissertation advisors, graduate advisors, peers (in GRA Working Groups), and departmental fellowship workshops are all excellent sources of advice.

Other resources include:

Department of Romance Studies Funding Opportunities

Please see our Research & Travel Award tab.

UNC Graduate School Funding Opportunities

*Departmental deadlines for these awards will be announced by email each year.

External Funding Opportunities For Everyone

Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF). The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Eighty fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $20,000. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research. Deadline in early November.

Fulbright-Hayes Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship.
Apply through the Center for Global Initiatives
More info at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpsddrap/index.html

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation funds a major program of graduate fellowships in the humanities and social sciences. These fellowships support students in the final stages of doctoral study whose work offers significant potential for advancing academic scholarship related to ethics and/or religion. The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation administers all aspects of this program, including a rigorous national competition for Newcombe Fellowships each year. Deadline in November.

American Association of University Women offers an “American Fellowship” Awarded to women U.S. citizens or permanent residents for finishing a doctoral dissertation. Deadline in November. http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/american-fellowships/ It also offers an “International Fellowship” for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Deadline in December.

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship – especially for those who will increase diversity in academia. Deadline in November.

Also, please see this helpful site: http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/3gradinf.htm

 

External Funding Opportunities For French

Chateaubriand Fellowship for dissertation research in France. Chateaubriand Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) is a fellowship program offered by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US. It targets outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who seek to engage in research in France, in any discipline of the Humanities and Social Sciences. HSS Chateaubriand fellows are selected through a merit-based competition, through a binational collaborative process involving expert evaluators from both countries. Deadline in January.

The annual Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship is awarded alternately in the fields of Greek and French. The award may be used for the study of Greek language, literature, history, or archaeology, or the study of French language or literature. The fellowship has a stipend of $20,000. The stipend will be paid in two installments, the first on July 1 of the award year and the second on the next January 1, unless the Fellowship Committee orders the stipend withheld because the fellow has disregarded the purpose of the award as stated by the donor. Candidates must be unmarried women 25 to 35 years of age who have demonstrated their ability to carry on original research. They must hold a doctorate or have fulfilled all the requirements for a doctorate except the dissertation, and they must be planning to devote full-time work to research during the fellowship year. The award is not restricted to members of Phi Beta Kappa or to U.S. citizens. Applications accepted in November.

The Walter J. Jensen Fellowship is awarded for at least six months of study in France. The purpose of the award is to help educators and researchers improve education in standard French language, literature and culture and in the study of standard French in the United States. The fellowship is awarded annually and has a stipend of at least $10,000. Phi Beta Kappa will also cover a single round-trip, economy-class ticket for the recipient to travel to France; some additional support may be available to those with dependents. Candidates must be U.S. citizens under the age of 40 who can demonstrate their career does or will involve active use of the French language. … Preference may be given to members of Phi Beta Kappa and educators at the secondary school level or higher. Applications accepted in November.

External Funding Opportunities For Spanish

Enrolled graduate students are eligible for the following departmental travel and research awards.

Buchan Graduate Essay Award

The Buchan Graduate Essay Award is an annual prize designed to promote excellence in graduate research and to give visibility to the work of graduate students in Spanish who publish their essays in competitive peer-reviewed journals while they are graduate students in our Spanish program. The Buchan Graduate Essay Award will be awarded to scholarly articles published by a peer-reviewed journal in the field of Spanish, Latin American or LatinX studies March 1, 2021 – March 1, 2022. (Publications in-house ––Hispanofila and Romance Notes–– are excluded). First place has a prize of $500. Second place has a prize of $200. Third place has a prize of $100.

The awardees will be determined by a committee of three members of the Spanish graduate faculty, appointed by the Chair, Dr. Ellen Welch.

Submissions will be ranked according to the following (in no particular order):

1) Theme and originality of the article

2) Depth and quality of the research

3) Clarity and style

2) Degree of contribution to the field of our graduate program https://romancestudies.unc.edu/graduate/grad-programs/spanish/

Graduate students who would like to be considered for the award should include the published article. Only one entry per student will be accepted. Only published articles will be accepted. Please note that preference will be given to students who have not received the award in the past. Results will be notified before the annual ROMS awards ceremony at the end of the spring semester.

AMOUNT OF AWARDS:

First place: $500

Second place: $200

Third place: $100

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 15th, 2022 (Must have a timestamp of 04:45 PM or earlier)

All materials should be submitted electronically, you may apply HERE.

Travel Grant

Departmental grants, up to $500, are intended to help defray travel and subsistence expenses incurred in the presentation of a paper at a conference, or for students who have confirmed job interviews at the MLA convention.

To apply for departmental funds:

  1. Students should write a letter of application, addressed to the Director of Graduate Studies, co-signed by a faculty member.
    • The letters should include a brief explanation of the nature of the conference, a brief explanation of your paper or other reason for attending, as well as a budget for airfare, gas/rental expenses, hotel charges, etc.  Please also include the invitation to present or to attend an interview. Your PID must be included at the bottom of the letter.
  2. The online travel request , with the letter of application included, should be submitted by October 7 for Fall 2022. Applications submitted after the deadlines may be considered but funding would not be guaranteed. (No hard copy of the application is required)
  3. Upon approval by Director for Graduate Studies, and Graduate Student Services Manager will ensure delivery of the approved amount to the student via their Student Account.

Priority will go to those student presenters who have not previously received this type of support from the Department.  Applications accepted and awards made September through April, based on availability of funding.

The Graduate School also offers Graduate Transportation Grants to assist with travel to academic conferences and professional meetings. In 2021-2022, these grants offer up to $400 for domestic travel and $1000 for foreign travel. Application instructions may be found here. Students are encouraged to apply for Graduate School grants before applying for departmental funds. Applications for departmental funds will be considered more competitive if they include proof of a prior application for the Graduate School Transportation Grant.

 

The GPSF can also provide travel funding to students who have exhausted other resources.

*Please keep in mind the UNC Travel Policies and Exceptions before you make any travel arrangements. Consistent with UNC System guidance, ROMS is prohibiting University-affiliated international travel. For graduate students applying for departmental travel funds, exceptions to this travel restriction can only be granted by the Provost, using the process outlined on the Graduate Student Research Travel Exceptions webpage. For more information, view Graduate Student Research Travel Exceptions – Student Instructions.

Travel Fellowships

  • McCulloch Dissertation Research Travel Fellowship for French ($4000) (Note that the McCulloch Fellowship may be used in any French-speaking country.)
  • Dana B. Drake  Research Travel Fellowship for Spanish ($2,000)
  • Isabella Payne Cooper Dissertation Research Fellowship for Italian ($2,000)

Candidates should first consider the appropriateness for their research of a Graduate School Fellowship.

Applicants should submit a two-page statement describing the nature of the project, time frame, estimated expenses, and other pertinent details.  The letter, addressed to the Graduate Advisory Committee, should be submitted electronically by March 15th at 4:45pm. Winners of these Departmental awards will be notified about one week after the Graduate School announces its awards. At the end of the award period, a one-page report must be filed with the Chair of Romance Studies. It should account for both the expenditure of the allotted funds and state what the award helped the student accomplish.

*Please note, these awards are flexible and can be used to support a wide variety of research projects. Please don’t hesitate to contact the DGS and/or GSSM with any questions.

Summer Awards

Summer Awards deadline: March 15th (before 4:45pm)

The stipend may be used to fund travel for research purposes but is intended primarily to provide financial support for a sustained period of research and writing free from employment. Examples of eligible projects include but are not limited to a dissertation chapter, an article for publication, or a digital humanities project.

To apply: Please submit a 2-page description of the project to be accomplished during the summer award period, including a statement of how completing this project will contribute to the applicant’s development as a scholar. Please address your application to the Graduate Advisory Committee and submit it via the online award application by March 15, 2022.

Selection criteria include the quality and feasibility of the proposed project, its relevance to the applicant’s development as a scholar, and the applicant’s academic standing in the program.

Awardees will be required to submit a 1-page report on their accomplishments during the award period by September 1, 2022.

*Please note, these awards are flexible and can be used to support a wide variety of research projects. Please don’t hesitate to contact the DGS and/or GSSM with any questions.

Kyser Graduate Award for Summer Research for Italian

This research fellowship of $1000 for Summer 2022 will support an early-career PhD student’s summer research project. Students may propose one of two project types:

  1. Expand and develop a graduate course essay into a full-length article to submit for journal publication by the first day of Fall 2022. A winning proposal will entail significant additional research in primary and/or secondary sources. The student will consult a faculty mentor as they prepare their manuscript for submission. This opportunity for guidance through the publication process provides important professional development. Successful publication will add  an important distinction to the student’s CV as (s)he competes for other research fellowships and eventually goes on the job market.
  2. Enroll in a summer graduate program, either domestically or abroad, that complements the student’s intended field of study.

Eligibility:
Candidates must be pre-ABD at the time of application.

Guidelines:
By March 15, candidates should submit an online application that reflects the proposed project, as described above.

  1. Submit a 200-word abstract of the expanded research project, a 200-word explanation of the additional research to be completed, the name of the peer-reviewed journal they would like to submit to, and the signature of the faculty mentor.
  2. Submit a one-page description of the selected program and a rationale for its relevance to your intended field.

Criteria:

Decisions will be made by the Italian Graduate Faculty and will be based on the quality and feasibility of the proposal. When all else is equal, preference will be given to candidates who do not have other summer support and who have not received research support previously.

*Recipient will submit a report or reflection by Sept 1 about their summer accomplishments or experiences.

Druscilla French Award

This award of $5,000 provides financial support for a summer of research and writing free from employment.

Eligibility:

High achieving candidates

  • have distinguished themselves both as a student and as a teacher or mentor to undergraduate students in a classroom or research setting while at UNC;
  • must have completed at least three semesters of graduate study in the College of Arts & Sciences; and will most likely complete degree requirements and graduate within the next four semesters;
  • must be a full-time student at the time of nomination and plan to be a full-time student in AY 2022-23;
  • should currently be actively involved in research and/or teaching, and will be active in one or both in AY 2022-23.

Guidelines:

To apply, candidates should submit an online application that includes the primary mentor/advisor should write a letter of nomination (2 pages maximum) introducing the student and describing how the student has distinguished him/herself compared to other students previously mentored. The nomination letter should also include the following:

  • A brief description of the student’s academic performance and progress toward degree completion, including stage of the dissertation;
  • A brief description of the student’s teaching and mentoring excellence;
  • A brief description of how the student has or will serve as an ambassador to the program, department and College;
  • A brief description of the student’s likely future contributions to the discipline or chosen area of study.

Please address your application to the Graduate Advisory Committee and submit it via the online award application by March 15.

Awardee will be required to submit a 1-page report on his/her accomplishments during the award period by September 1.