Financial Support

The Department's graduate award budget is limited, and not all students admitted to the Ph.D. program in Classical Studies can be offered financial aid. Our policy is to support for five years all students to whom we have offered aid upon admission and who are making satisfactory progress toward the Ph.D. Students beyond the fifth year cannot expect additional support, but they may be eligible for teaching or other employment in the Department, should it become available. The departmental Competitive Teaching Award is designed to support students in the sixth year, but funding is limited and not all sixth-year students will receive support. Students who enroll in the program without financial aid will be considered for support in subsequent years, but they will in effect be competing for resources with new applicants.  Students who begin to receive support only after matriculating at Duke will be eligible for support only for the remainder of the five-year period for which aid can be offered.

All students, regardless of whether they have previously received support, will be paid from the Department's instructional budget at the currently applicable rate during the terms when they are teaching. Although we strongly encourage all Ph.D. students to complete the dissertation in a timely fashion, some may not be able to finish by the end of the fifth year of graduate study; therefore, it is important to be aware of and pursue other sources of support for the further period required.

Other sources of funding within the Department include:

1) research assistantships, often connected with individual professor's grants;
2) summer teaching in the Department: Intensive Beginning Greek and Latin are regularly offered and are entrusted to advanced graduate students, and certain Classical Studies courses may be as well.

Possible sources of funding outside the Department have included:

  • teaching in the University Writing Course, Duke’s freshman writing program;
  • tutoring area high school students or Duke undergraduates in Latin;
  • competitive fellowships available to the American School in Athens and the American Academy in Rome;
  • competitive fellowships, particularly for dissertation research and writing, offered by Duke and by a number of institutions and foundations.

Smaller sums of money may be made available by the Graduate School and the Department to aid students attending and participating in conferences and meetings of professional associations.

The Director of Graduate Studies, will coordinate information about available resources within and outside the Department.