Fellowships and Funding

collection of books, manuals, and other papers on shelves in the department libraryAll doctoral students in Comparative Literature receive six years of guaranteed twelve-month fellowship support from Yale. Normally, fellowships provide both tuition and a stipend for the first two years, when coursework is undertaken.  In the third, fourth and sixth years, the student receives the same amount of aid while teaching (assuming there is teaching available).  Eligible students in the humanities receive University Dissertation Fellowships in their fifth or sixth year of study.  For additional information, please consult the Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Students in the Comparative Literature are eligible for a Summer Language Institute Fellowship for language study in the Yale Summer Session.  Detailed information and the application for this and other fellowships are available from the Yale Student Grants & Fellowships Database.

Students advance to candidacy in their third year when a dissertation prospectus is submitted and approved. For students at the dissertation stage, several fellowship and grant opportunities exist both within the University and outside it to support the pursuit of dissertation research. Within Yale, for example, the Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library and the MacMillan Center provide generous fellowships for the support of dissertation research. The Graduate School offers information and guidance about applying for research grants from external sources to students pursuing dissertation work. Refer to the Graduate School website for information on further funding opportunities.