Financial Aid

Graduate and teaching assistantships include tuition waivers (valued at $31,140) and a $21,500 stipend. All outstanding candidates may be nominated for additional support through the UM Fellowship Program ($25,000). Outstanding African American and Hispanic candidates may also apply to the Florida Education Fund for the prestigious McKnight Fellowship ($12,000, topped off to $20,000 by UM’s College of Arts and Sciences).

The Department and University offer competitive conference and research support to all graduate students on a regular basis.

Teaching Assistantships: As part of the admissions process, the Department awards several assistantships each year, which include a tuition waiver for full-time study and a stipend for teaching or other duties in the department ($20,000 for 2009-10).  Assistantships are generally renewable for four or five years, conditional of course on academic and teaching performance.

UM Graduate School Fellowships: As part of the admissions process, the Department nominates several students for fellowships; only entering students are eligible.  These awards include a tuition waiver for full-time study and an additional stipend above the regular Teaching Assistantship stipend ($10,000 fellowship stipend, plus $20,000 TA stipend, for a combined total of $25,000 for 2009-10).  Only students who send their completed application by January 15 each year are eligible for the UM Fellowship.

McKnight Doctoral Fellowship for African-American and Hispanic Students:  This fellowship is sponsored by the Florida Education Fund (FEF), and includes a three-year tuition waiver for full-time study and a stipend with no other duties required.  Students should apply simultaneously to the Florida Education Fund and to the Department; only entering students are eligible.  You do not need to be currently attending a Florida school to apply.  Applications must be postmarked no later than January 15th of each year.  You may apply online at:  The Florida Education Fund may be reached at (813) 272-2772.  If an applicant who is accepted into our Ph. D. program receives a McKnight Fellowship, the College of Arts and Sciences will increase the amount of the fellowship’s stipend ($12,000 for 2017-2018) to match the current teaching assistantship stipend amount.

UM Center for Latin American Studies offers summer research grants for students specializing in Caribbean Studies or Latin American Studies.


College of Arts and Sciences Doctoral Student Awards. The College of Arts and Sciences has two new initiatives for PhD students in the college, each designed to offer additional and critical support to students in their research and dissertation work.  These two programs are run on a competitive basis, with a faculty review committee making selections.  The application deadline is early April of each year.

Arts and Sciences Summer Fellowships. These are $5,000 summer awards for PhD students who have completed their Qualifying examinations or are about to take them to pursue research during the summer.  Eight to ten of these awards are granted annually across all disciplines in the College.

Arts and Sciences Dissertation Award. This is a 9-month departmental-level TA stipend award without teaching duties for students expecting to complete their dissertation within the following year. Four to six of these awards are granted annually across all disciplines in the College.

Center for the Humanities Research Fellowships. The Research Fellowship is intended to bring together faculty and graduate students writing dissertations in order to enable scholarly exchanges that cross departmental and disciplinary boundaries. Fellows participate in a research colloquium that meets regularly throughout the academic year; each meeting will focus on the project of one of the fellows. In the year following the fellowship period, fellows will present their work to the larger community at UM in a fall symposium. In addition, they will be asked to serve as mentors to colleagues applying for Center or external fellowships. Three dissertation fellows participate in the year-long colloquium at the Center along with the faculty fellows. The level of support matches the existing departmental TA stipend.


For Further Information Contact:

Tracy Devine Guzmán
The Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Modern Languages & Literatures
University of Miami
P. O. Box 248093
Coral Gables, Florida 33124-4650
Phone:(305) 284-5585
FAX:(305) 284-2068