Teaching and Research Assistantships

Teaching assistantships are available to many qualified applicants. During the academic year 2020-21 beginning half-time teaching assistants are paid a stipend of $20,064. In addition, all resident and non-resident graduate students who are employed at least quarter time are entitled to waived tuition for credited courses.

Teaching assistants teach First- and Second-year French language classes as well as General Education courses. They also have the opportunity to participate in a pedagogically sophisticated program that provides support for novice teaching while at the same time emphasizing individual initiative. Extensive use of technology (video, multi-media materials, web-based materials) allows teaching assistants to gain expertise in an area of growing importance. It is also possible for teaching assistants to take courses in second language acquisition and thus acquire advanced academic credentials in this area.

Exchange appointments for graduate students in French are made each year with the Universities of Pau and Poitiers.

Fellowships and Scholarships

Various Graduate College and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences fellowships are available for dissertation research and writing, including:

The Department of French and Italian also offers the Benhamou Graduate Scholarship in French, a one-year award of $3,500 that recognizes outstanding academic achievement in a student's program of French Studies.

The Mary Susan Morse Iosue Memorial Scholarship in French recognizes outstanding undergraduate or graduate students. This scholarship was established with a generous gift from Frank A. Iosue (MFA 1978, English, graduate of the Writers' Workshop) in memory of his wife Mary Susan Morse Iosue (BA 1976, French).

French Government Scholarship

Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students in French Language classes are eligible to Apply. Many of our students have benefited from grants and fellowships available from the French Government. Applications are available every March, for awards to be applied to the fall. To apply, please contact your French class instructor.

Division of Sponsored Programs

The Division of Sponsored Programs offers professional development resources. Specifically, they can help you 1) learn techniques for searching for external funding opportunities, 2) develop skills in writing persuasive proposals, and 3) develop a history of applying for external funds. https://dsp.research.uiowa.edu/.

The Graduate College

The Graduate College offers a wealth of information about funding for graduate students. For more information, visit Funding your UI Education in the Graduate College at the University of Iowa.