Financial Support

Overview of Financial Support

Doctoral students in the Comparative Literature graduate program making satisfactory progress are supported for six years.  Support for our students comes from a combination of fellowships & teaching positions. 

Ph.D. students making satisfactory progress toward the degree are granted a one quarter-off fellowship while they prepare for the preliminary & qualifying exams.  The fellowship covers tuition and also provides a living stipend.

Year-long fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis, typically to doctoral students in their first year or one of their two dissertation research/writing years.  Other miscellaneous fellowships, such as travel stipends for conference presentations and stipends for research abroad, are available as well. For more information, see Fellowships

US citizens and permanent residents should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year in order to be considered for certain fellowships and other assistance that requires demonstrated financial need.  The FAFSA is required for access to federal loans and UC Davis Campus Grants, both of which are need-based.

For more information on teaching and other types of graduate student work, please see Employment 

For information on Child Care Financial Assistance, see the worklife & wellness website.

Health, Vision, and Dental insurance are available to graduate students and their dependents through UC Davis SHIP.  The cost of SHIP is covered by UC Davis for graduate students who receive full tuition fellowships or who are employed in graduate student titles at 25% time (10 hours per week) or higher.  Graduate students may purchase Dependent coverage for an additional cost.