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:

UNC Graduate School Funding
UNC Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid
Graduate Funding Information Center (GFIC)
Carolina Internal Funding Database
Funding Information Portal
COS Pivot

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:

UNC Successful Proposals Collection
UNC Writing Center

Department of Romance Studies Funding Opportunities

Please see our Research & Travel Award page.

UNC Graduate School Funding Opportunities

Summer Research  (2017 Summer Departmental Deadline – January 19, 2018)
Richard Bland Professional Pathways Program (2017 Summer Departmental Deadline – January 19, 2018)
Off-Campus Research (2017-20178 Departmental Deadline – February 15, 2018)
Dissertation Completion (2017-20178 Departmental Deadline – February 15, 2018)
MEMS graduate funding

*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

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. 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:

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

Institute for the Study of the Americas Fellowships