Fellowships and Financial Aid


The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers a comprehensive program of student financial aid, including awards, loans, and student employment. 

Ph.D. students in good standing receive five years of full funding (tuition, fees, stipend, and summer support). This typically includes three years as a Teaching Assistant or Teaching Fellow. Students whose dissertation work extends beyond the five funded years often apply for competitive dissertation-writing fellowships from other sources (see opportunities below); students are also eligible to teach during years six and seven, either within the Department or as a Preceptor in Columbia's Core Curriculum.

GSAS provides very limited fellowship support for students in the Freestanding M.A. programs. These grants, which offset only a portion of the total cost of attendance, are awarded competitively to the strongest candidate(s) in the applicant pool. M.A. students are also eligible to serve as graders in courses that require such assistance; compensation includes a small amount of tuition remission and a modest cash payment.

For detailed information about graduate funding and financial aid, see GSAS's Financial Aid Toolkit and Teaching Toollkit.

The Harriman Institute

The Harriman Institute awards a variety of student fellowships every year. The Institute's Fellowship Committee makes all fellowship decisions.

  • Harriman Junior Fellowship 
  • Summer Language Fellowship
  • Pepsico Junior Fellowship
  • Pepsico Travel Fellowship

Visit the Harriman Institute's graduate student support page for requirements, applications and additional opportunities.

Departmental Support 

The Slavic Department provides supplemental summer funding for doctoral students to facilitate concrete progress toward the degree or scholarly contributions to the field. These funds may be used for research travel, language study, sustained work toward the completion of degree requirements, or the publication of scholarly work. The Department also provides matching travel funds to supplement Graduate School funding for travel to conferences throughout the academic year.

Other Sources of Funding

Several scholarly societies track funding opportunities for students of Slavic languages and literatures.