Funding and Fellowships

Dean’s Fellowships and Teaching Fellowships

All students accepted into the MA/PhD program are awarded five years of financial support, assuming that the student is in good standing and proceeding through the program in a timely manner.  In the first and fifth years this support takes the form of a Dean’s Fellowship (DF), free from teaching duties. In years two through four, it is converted to a Teaching Fellowship (TF). TFs are expected to teach one course per semester, and their teaching activity cannot exceed 20 hours per week. In his/her initial semesters a TF usually assists in, and/or teaches one or two sections of, a lecture course; later s/he may be assigned a stand-alone course in the undergraduate Greek or Latin language sequence.

Both DFs and TFs include an academic-year stipend, health insurance, and tuition remission for courses required for degree credit.

Advanced students may also be appointed Senior TFs to teach a stand-alone course in the undergraduate Greek or Latin language sequence.

Except for students applying to the dual-degree program MA in Classical Studies and PhD in Philosophy, MA students are ineligible for department financial support.

Extradepartmental Teaching

Advanced graduate students (typically after they have passed their qualifying translation exams) apply to the DGS to teach first and second-year Greek and Latin language courses, or Classical Civilization courses in Boston University’s two-session Summer Program.

In their sixth year, students may apply for a Teaching Fellowship in the CAS Writing Program.  Writing Program TFs are for a minimum of one year and require that a student enroll in a teacher-training course the semester before instruction begins.  The seminars are valuable preparation for teaching, and established WP instructors are preferred for renewal in subsequent years.

In semesters when faculty members teach in the University Honors College they receive funding for one TF in addition to the department’s allotment.

The BU Academy, a private high school on campus, occasionally has openings for graduate students to teach Latin and Greek.

In the Boston area numerous private high schools and colleges regularly have part-time or full-time openings for ABD classicists.

Research Assistantships

The department has limited funds to support students during the summer months, either to attend the American School of Classical Studies in Athens or the American Academy Summer Program in Rome, or to purpose their work toward the degree.

Students may apply to the Graduate School for short- and long-term Graduate Research Abroad Fellowships (awarded competitively each year).  They are also eligible to apply to a BU Hellenic Study Fund for Greek-related projects.  Faculty members both within and outside the department often have funding to appoint personal RAs on a term or hourly basis.