Graduate Financial Aid

Teaching and Research Assistantships

Teaching assistantships are available to many qualified applicants. During the academic year 2018–19, beginning half-time teaching and research assistants are paid a stipend of $19,236. All non-resident graduate students who are employed at least quarter-time are entitled to pay resident tuition fees.

Teaching assistants 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, multimedia 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 adavanced 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 fellowships are available through the Graduate College for dissertation research and writing including the T. Anne Cleary International Research Fellowship and the Ada Louis Ballard and Seashore Dissertation Year Fellowship.

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).

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

The Benhamou Graduate Scholarship in French is offered to an outstanding graduate student each year, thanks to a major gift from Paul Benhamou (1963 MA, 1969 PhD, French) and Reed Benhamou (1961 BA, French).

Many of our students have benefited from grants and fellowships available from the French Government

For information on other graduate funding opportunities offered by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Graduate College, and the Office of International Programs, visit

More Information

For complete information on graduate admission and financial aid, see the Graduate College Admissions page or call 1-800-553-IOWA and ask for the graduate packet for study in French.

See also the Graduate Assistant Financial Assistance web page. 

For more information about departmental opportunities, contact:

The Department of French and Italian
The University of Iowa
111 Phillips Hall
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1409

Phone: (319) 335-2253
Fax: (319) 335-2270