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 offering one full fellowship in each of the three Ph.D. areas, the department also offers smaller, “top up” fellowships, added to the Associate Instructor stipend.
Spring dissertation fellowships in French
These fellowships are for advanced Ph.D. students in French who have completed all requirements except the dissertation. Each is a one-semester fellowship with a value of half the current AI stipend, intended to allow students to focus on their dissertation research.
Dissertation fellowships are funded through three accounts at the Indiana University 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 was established in honor of Dr. Young, an instructor of French at Indiana University from 1917-1923 and Indiana University professor of French from 1923 to 1956. The Marjorie and Francis Gravit Fund was established by the Gravit estate and remembers Francis Gravit, a long-time professor in the department, and his wife Marjorie.
Olga Ragusa Fellowships in Italian
For students whose dissertation area is in modern Italian literature and culture, the Olga Ragusa fund at the Indiana University Foundation provides support for research expenses and travel. Application is made to the chair of the department, as well as the supervisor of the fund, Professor Andrea Ciccarelli.
Olga Ragusa was professor of Italian at Columbia University 1955-1992, a premier scholar of 19th- and 20th-century Italian literature and a long-time editor of the journal Italica.