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Stipend & Responsibilities

Initial decisions about admission to the graduate program are generally made by the end of February.

The Northwestern University Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures guarantees its incoming graduate students a five-year funding package (starting in September of the year you enroll) that includes two academic years of University fellowship, three academic years of teaching assistantship, and four summers of fellowship. This five-year funding is contingent upon The Graduate School’s receipt of all official transcripts listing all undergraduate and graduate coursework undertaken and degrees awarded, and upon maintaining good academic standing, progressing toward the Ph.D. degree at a rate satisfactory to the department, and gaining approval for summer study plans.

Many of our Ph.D. candidates receive additional grants from The Graduate School, including grants for conference travel, summer language study, and independent research. In the past five years, two PhD students from Slavic have won the university’s prestigious Presidential Fellowship, which provides two years of dissertation funding.