Each year, the Department offers recruitment fellowships to its most outstanding graduate applicants in French/Francophone Studies, French Linguistics, and Italian Studies. In addition to a full fellowship available in each of the three PhD areas, the department also offers smaller, “top up” fellowships that are added to the Associate Instructor stipend.
IU alumnus Marvin Moody has established a fellowship fund through which the very best applicants in French Linguistics may receive recruitment funds to begin their graduate students in French linguistics at IU.
This fellowship is for advanced PhD students who have completed all requirements except the dissertation. It is a one semester fellowship with a value of half the current AI stipend, intended to allow students to focus on their dissertation research. The fellowship is funded through two accounts at the IU Foundation. The Weathers Fund was endowed by an heir of Gertrude Weathers, an alumna of our French program and a long-time teacher of French in Indiana high schools. The Grace P. Young Fund, established in honor of Dr. Young, who was an instructor of French at IU 1917-23 and professor of French here from 1923 to 1956.
In addition to the fellowships offered by the Department of French and Italian, Indiana University offers fellowships to new and current students through a competitive process through the University Graduate School and the College of Arts and Sciences.
As you consider applying for year-long fellowships, please note carefully whether fee remissions are included. Often they are not, as it is presupposed that you will be enrolling in G901 throughout the term of the fellowship. Some external awards do not provide health insurance. Be sure to check! Also, be aware that many awards require that you be officially nominated to candidacy for eligibility. The point is to READ CAREFULLY to avoid unpleasant surprises. There are many other awards available. The UGS website lists several under External Awards, and your advisors and colleagues may know of others. Many organizations and conferences also offer funding for travel and research.
These are the posted deadlines for grants and fellowships of the department, the College of Arts and Sciences (COAS), and the University Graduate School (UGS) for which there are earlier departmental deadline as well. These are necessary because these applications must be vetted by the Graduate Affairs Committee before the department submits them to COAS or the UGS.
|Award||FRIT Referral Required||Internal Deadline (for students)||External Deadline (for dept only)|
|COAS Fall Travel Grant||Yes||October 20, 2016||October 31, 2016|
|Future Faculty Teaching Fellowship||No||October 14, 2016||n/a|
|Herman B. Wells Doctoral Fellowship||Yes||November 9, 2016||November 18, 2016|
|Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship||Yes||December 2, 2016||January 13, 2017|
|COAS Dissertation Year Fellowship||Yes||December 2, 2016||January 17, 2017|
|COAS Dissertation Completion Fellowship||Yes||December 2, 2016||January 17, 2017|
|John H. Edwards Fellowship||Yes||January 18, 2017||February 1, 2017|
|Educational Opportunity Fellowship (EOF)||Yes||February 5, 2016||April 15, 2016|
|Recruitment Fellowships||Yes||n/a||February 3, 2017|
|Grant-in-Aid of Doctoral Research Grant||Yes||February 1, 2017||February 10, 2017|
|COAS Spring Travel Grant||Yes||April 6, 2017||April 17, 2017|
|Irving and Shirley Brand Graduate Fellowship||Yes||March 1, 2017||March 10, 2017|
|President's Diversity Dissertation Fellowship||Yes||January 20, 2017||February 3, 2017|
|Santosh Jain Scholarship for International Graduate Students||Yes||March 1, 2017||March 10, 2017|
All applicants to our graduate programs are considered for the financial support of an Associate Instructor (AI) position. AIs are part-time teachers of language in the Department and are responsible for teaching their own sections of French or Italian (normally one section in one semester and two in the other) under the guidance of the course director. All AIs are required to hold two office hours each week during the period they are teaching. Each academic year, an AI is observed at least once by his/her course director, who then writes up an observational report on the AI's teaching. The AI then receives a copy of this report, which may be discussed with the course director, while a second copy is placed in the AI's teaching file. All new AIs are required to participate in AI Orientation, held before the start of Fall classes. For more information about AI requirements and policies, refer to the appropriate Graduate Student Handbook.
New AIs are required to enroll in the Practicum in College French Teaching (F572, 1 credit hour) during the fall semester of the first year of teaching. They are also required to enroll in the course Methods in College French Teaching (F573, 3 credit hours) during the spring semester.
All new Italian AIs are required to enroll in M572, Italian Teaching Practicum, during their first semester. All Italian AIs must also take M573, Methods of Italian Language Teaching, in their first or second year. Associate Instructor positions are renewed based on pedagogical performance and adequate academic progress. Funding may be suspended or revoked for students who receive a grade of "fail" or "low pass" in their MA or Ph.D. exams. Associate Instructors or graduate students who receive departmental financial support, and wish to be considered for reappointment, cannot have more than one incomplete at the end of the academic year.
In addition to Associate Instructor positions in language classes, advanced students with adequate pedagogical skills to grade compositions in English may also have the opportunity to serve as Associate Instructors in large lecture courses taught by French and Italian faculty members in the College's Critical Approaches Curriculum. Such assignments carry a tuition fee remission as well as a stipend comparable to the usual AI stipend. View the guidelines for such appointments.
In addition to AI positions, the Department offers a few non-teaching appointments for graduate students as research assistants or graduate assistants. Duties in such positions may include bibliographic or transcription work related to faculty research projects, or assistance with courses such as introducing and presenting films or grading quizzes. View the guidelines for such appointments.
Conditions of renewal of Associate Instructorships include the following:
The terminations above may occur immediately or be in effect from the following term or academic year, according to the situation and the pedagogical needs of the department.
All forms of support by the department and the university count toward the maximum 5 years (10 semesters) of support for a PhD student who enters the program without a Masters degree, or a maximum of 4 years for those who enter with an MA degree. This includes internal and external fellowships, exchange years in France, and any Student Academic Appointments.
Considering these five-year limits on departmental financial support for PhD students, we urge students to complete all course work in three to four years and then directly begin work on the dissertation. Those entering with an MA degree should complete all course work within 2 years.
On occasion, graduate students take teaching positions elsewhere or leave IU yet still have semesters of support remaining. The department must agree in advance whether the student can utilize any remaining funding if he/she returns to the FRIT department. Once the student decides to stay away from IU for a second year, the department no longer has any obligation to hold further funding. Exceptions may be made for a student who receives a prestigious external fellowship.
All Associate Instructors are required to enroll in two French/Italian graduate courses (depending on program of study) each semester in order to maintain their AIships. Exceptions can be made at advanced levels with permission of the graduate advisor. Students holding appointments as associate instructors, graduate assistants, or research assistants must be registered for 6 credit hours of graduate coursework during each semester of their appointment. At the dissertation level, enrollment in six credit hours of F/M 875 is recommended. We advise that the less expensive G901 thesis credits be saved for when the student has run out of departmental funding.