Graduate Program

Financial Support

The Group does its best to offer multi-year fellowship packages to all incoming students. A multi-year package generally consists of two years in which the Group pays a two-semester living stipend plus fees, and two years in which the student receives a stipend and fees in return for service as a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI). Should the student advance to candidacy by the end of the fifth year (tenth semester) of study, he/she will receive a Doctoral Completion Fellowship (two-semester stipend plus fees).

Fellowships are merit-based and are judged competitively. The Group is only able to provide fellowship support to its own students. We are, however, occasionally able to offer GSI positions to students outside the Group. (See "GSI opportunities" page.) Fellowship applicants indicate their interest in Multi-Year Fellowships, Block Grant Fellowships, and Diversity and Graduate Opportunity Program Fellowships on Form C of the Graduate Application; FLAS applicants should also complete Form D, and international students should complete Form E. Please review the instructions in the Graduate Application to determine eligibility for these awards.

Graduate students may apply for need-based financial aid, in the form of grants, loans and work-study, administered through the Financial Aid Office (FAO). Only U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens (those holding permanent resident cards) may apply for funds administered by the FAO. Applicants complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

All continuing students in Buddhist Studies may apply to the Group for additional funding for summer research, conference travel, and so on. Availability of such funds differs from year to year.

Advanced students also have an opportunity to teach summer courses through the Group in Buddhist Studies, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies.