The Department of French and Italian

Italian Studies Financial Assistance and Teaching Experience

Italian Studies graduate students are offered up to six years' support primarily in the form of Teaching Assistantships and Assistant Instructorships.  A limited number of fellowships are available. Some students may receive recruitment fellowships in their first year or fellowships for dissertation research and writing in one of their final years.  Competitive fellowships administered by the graduate school are another possible source of financial support.

They may also have the opportunity to work as a funded Graduate Editorial Assistant for an Italian Studies scholarly journal. The experiences and skills acquired by Italian Studies graduate students will help them immensely in making the transition from graduate school to full-time employment.

Here is what standard funding schedule looks like for our Italian Studies Graduate Students, but graduate students will be notified yearly of their specific funding package which has final approval from the Italian Studies faculty and Department Chair: 

Program Year

Source of Funding

1st Year

Eligibilty to receive an Office of Graduate Studies Recruitment fellowship for fall: a $10,000 stipend, a separate scholarship which can be used as a health insurance supplement, and a full tuition award.*

Or

Teaching Assistantship (TA) in which the student assists primary instructors. TAs will receive a total of $20,000 during the fall and spring semesters (TA stipend of $19,000 plus $500 scholarship each semester). TAs also receive a full tuition award* that pays for 9 hrs/semeseter plus health insurance benefits.**

First year TAs are also eligible to be considered for a recruitment OGS award of $5,000 in the fall semester.

2nd -

5th Years

Assistant Instructorship (AI) in which the student teaches one class per term. The AI stipend within COLA totals $20,000, and the AI appointment includes full tuition awards* for up to 9 hrs/semester and health insurance benefits.** Students are also eligible to apply for summer research support scholarship of $5,000.

6th Year

Eligibilty to receive an Office of Graduate Studies Continuing fellowship for the fall semester: a $10,000 stipend, separate scholarship which can be used as a health insurance supplement, and a full tuition award.*

Or

Assistant Instructorship (AI) in which the student teaches one class per term. The AI stipend within COLA totals $20,000, and the AI appointment includes full tuition awards* for up to 9 hrs/semester and health insurance benefits.**

*Students may still be required to pay a small portion of their tuition bill that will be related to university fees. For instance, international graduate students will also be responsible for paying some fees on their tuition bill that originate from Texas Global such as the ISSS fee, Evac and Repatriation fees, and an Insurance Admin fee.

*Students are appointed as TAs and AIs for 20 hrs/week appointment within FRIT and are automatically opted into the Student Health Insurance. For more on these Academic Graduate Student Health Insurance options, please review the HR website.

Academic Employment

For more information on Assistant Instructorships and Teaching Assistantships, including eligibilty, please visit this webpage, see academic employment.

University Fellowships


Competitive fellowships administered by the graduate school are another possible source of financial support, see Graduate School Fellowships.


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