There are multiple ways for students to receive or earn support for their graduate studies. At this time all entering students receive financial aid, which normally is maintained for five years (subject to certain conditions, such as satisfactory progress toward the degree). After the first year, graduate assistantships will be substituted for fellowship aid.
Financial Support Opportunities
- Scholarship and Fellowship Aid
- Research Assistantships
- Teaching Assistants and Graduate Instructors
- Work-Study Aid
- Other Opportunities for Employment in the Department
- Outside Employment and Other Activities
- Private Teaching
First-year students usually hold fellowships, which do not require service, and which pay tuition, fees, health insurance, as well as an income stipend. During subsequent years, the income stipend is normally replaced by a teaching- or research-assistantship. No separate application is required to be considered for fellowships.
Fellowships awarded to entering students include Departmental Graduate Fellowships, Mary Duke Biddle Fellowships in Composition, Fellowships in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, James B. Duke Fellowships, University Scholars Fellowships, Latin American Studies Fellowships, and A.J. Fletcher Fellowships in Performance Practice. Additional graduate fellowships are described in the Bulletin of the Graduate School.
A few University fellowships and assistantships are awarded during the dissertation-writing stage on a competitive basis; in addition, students often receive fellowship awards or dissertation grants from outside sources, such as the American Council of Learned Socieites (ACLS), Fulbright, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), or American Musicology Society (AMS 50).