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. 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.

As an introduction to teaching and as part of their stipend package, students will serve as  Graders/Teaching Assistants one semester in both their second and third years.  Further, as part of their package of financial support, students will serve as instructors in undergraduate courses, usually one each term during the fourth through final years. This teaching, which whenever possible will involve experience with both civilization and language courses, will be supervised by an experienced faculty member who will be available to help in the preparation and execution of the course and will observe, evaluate, and advise.

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, and available preferentially to students who qualify for work-study money; all students must fill out the forms which determine eligibility for work study funding;
  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:

  • summer teaching in Duke's Talent Identification Program (TIP), a summer program for intellectually gifted 13- to 16-year-olds that often employs Duke graduate students;
  • 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.