Funding Opportunities

The Department of French and Francophone Studies makes every effort to provide its graduate students with financial support during their years in residence. This support may be in the form of fellowships, stipends, tuition waivers, registration fee grants, non-resident tuition fellowships, research assistantships, and/or teaching assistantships. In most cases, degree candidates entering with some form of financial aid receive continuous support for four years, provided that they show a satisfactory academic record and timely progress toward the degree. Students advanced to candidacy may receive additional support for their dissertation writing under the same conditions.

Conference Support

Each eligible new and continuing UCLA doctoral student will be provided up to $1,000 total reimbursement that can be used, in whole or in part, at any time through the student’s seventh year in the doctoral program, as long as the student and the activities meet the eligibility requirements. For more information, please visit the Graduate Division website here.

If you are a continuing graduate student and have already exhausted your Graduate Division Funding for travel reimbursement OR you are in your 8th year (and beyond), please contact the Department’s Student Affairs Officer to be considered for conference support from the Department. If eligible, you will be asked to complete a request form and submit it to the department Chair at least two weeks prior to your travel date.

Non-Departmental Funding Sources

The Department actively assists students in seeking out non-departmental sources of financial aid, by keeping on file up-to-date information concerning outside sources of support and fellowship opportunities from organizations including:

In general, students should be aware that a number of funding sources within and outside the Department exist and that additional information is readily available on campus. Some highlights:

Teaching Assistantships

Most graduate students receive teaching assistantships in UCLA’s French Language program. The following section provides some relevant information concerning the pedagogical development of TAs and their teaching activities. For more details, consult The Teaching Assistantship in French at UCLA.

Teaching assistantships provide direct experience in teaching at the undergraduate level. The department is strongly committed to its distinguished tradition of providing its graduate students with professional training in language teaching. TAs are closely supervised in all aspects of their teaching responsibilities.

New TAs participate in a week-long orientation held before the beginning of Fall classes, including an all-day campus-wide workshop for foreign language TAs sponsored by the Office of Instructional Development. In addition, they are required to enroll in French 495 (Teaching French at College Level), in which they learn the theory and practice of Communicative language teaching, including the use of technology in the classroom. An integral component of FR-495 is daily attendance of a pilot or demonstration class which helps new TAs plan their next day’s lesson. A TA consultant (TAC), an experienced French TA, assists with FR-495 and helps new TAs with exam preparation, grading, videotaping of their courses, the use of technology, and adjustment to the dual role of scholar-teacher. The TAC conducts the initial visitation of each TA’s class and provides constructive feedback. TAs should not hesitate to meet with the TAC whenever they have questions related to teaching, grading, discipline or balancing teaching with their own course demands. In addition, the French Graduate Students’ Association has established a mentorship system which links new and experienced TAs and graduate students. New TAs are normally assigned to teach beginning French courses.

Continuing TA development is provided through concurrent enrollment in French 375, which includes a pilot class available for all TAs teaching a new course, class visitations by faculty, course-specific meetings, and lectures related to the discipline of second language acquisition and teaching methodology sponsored by UCLA Foreign Language Committee. TAs’ linguistic and pedagogical progress is evaluated each quarter and they are encouraged to teach at progressively higher levels of the lower division French program.

The normal teaching load per quarter consists of one section of a multiple-section course, which entails five class preparations and meetings per week. Syllabi, tests, videotaping, and staff meetings are organized by the lead course instructor, a French lecturer. A number of Teaching Assistantships are also available each year for undergraduate literature or civilization classes, and advanced TAs who are selected to teach them are given the opportunity to work closely with the faculty member in charge of the class, from whom they receive training and supervision. Students advanced to candidacy can propose to teach a course based on their doctoral research through the Collegium of University Teaching Fellows.

Research Assistantships

Available from individual faculty members in the department and funded by faculty research grants, as well as from research centers such as the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies, and others (consult the “research centers and groups” in our Resources page).

Teaching positions

These are occasionally available for the UCLA Summer Sessions or for the Continuing Education Program of the UCLA Extension division. Interested students should contact the department Chair.

Grants and Financial Aid Programs

UCLA has a variety of grants and financial aid programs for new and continuing students, such as the Work Study Research Internship Program. Details can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office (A-129 Murphy, 206-0414), the Graduate Student Support Office (1228 Murphy, 825-1025), or the Special Fellowships Office (1252 Murphy, 825-3521) which keeps information on available funding from sources such as alumni organizations, women’s organizations, scholarly organizations, state and federal agencies, and private foundations. GRAPES, an online database of scholarships, grants, and other forms of support maintained by the UCLA Graduate Division, is another excellent source of information.

All graduate students should familiarize themselves with the descriptions of funding and fellowships as outlined in detail by the graduate student continuing support manual presented by the Graduate Division.

  • Student Travel Grants for Conferences, Professional Development and Off-Campus Research (DTG): Each eligible new and continuing UCLA doctoral student will be provided up to $1,000 total reimbursement that can be used, in whole or in part, at any time through the student’s seventh year in the doctoral program, as long as the student and the activities meet the eligibility requirements. Please follow the instructions to request conference support by visiting the Graduate Division website.

An outside resource includes the Rotary Global Grant, which offers prestigious international scholarships of $30,000 or more for students pursuing a graduate degree abroad in a country where a Rotary Club is located. Applicants must apply directly to a graduate program as well as for the Rotary Global Grant. Graduate programs must focus on one of Rotary’s six areas of focus. Applicant must also outline a sustainable service project in their host community. Candidates must have Bachelor’s degree at the time of starting the grant. U.S. and non U.S. citizens may apply.

The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA)

The GSA, along with other forms of support, awards to Ph.D. students who are advanced to candidacy grants equal to one-half of the registration fees. Further details are available at the GSA Office (301 Kerckhoff, 206-8512).

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Program

The Graduate Summer Research Mentorship (GSRM) Program is designed to provide financial support for UCLA doctoral students in the arts, humanities, social sciences, public health and nursing. It is also designed to release recipients from employment or loan obligations that might delay progress in graduate study. Awardees should consider it as their principal/primary summer activity.

The Graduate Summer Research Mentorship (GSRM) Program is designed to provide financial support for UCLA doctoral students in the arts, humanities, social sciences, public health and nursing. It is also designed to release recipients from employment or loan obligations that might delay progress in graduate study. Awardees should consider it as their principal/primary summer activity.

A specific objective of the program is to promote opportunities for students to work closely with a faculty mentor in developing a paper for presentation at an academic conference and/or for publication. General goals are to facilitate close working relationships between faculty and students during the early stages of graduate education, to promote timely degree progress, and to encourage creative scholarship and research productivity.

For more information, please visit the Graduate Division website.

Collegium of University Teaching Fellows (CUTF)

The Collegium of University Teaching Fellows (CUTF) is an innovative program that creates unique learning opportunities for both graduate students and undergraduate students on campus.  Through the program, some of UCLA’s very best advanced graduate students have the opportunity to develop and teach a lower division seminar in their field of specialization on a one-time only basis.  This experience serves as a “capstone” to the teaching apprenticeship, preparing them for the academic job market and their role as future faculty.  At the same time, undergraduates enrolled in CUTF seminars have the chance to take courses that are at the cutting edge of a discipline and to experience the benefits of participating in a small-seminar environment.

The Collegium of University Teaching Fellows (CUTF) is an innovative program that creates unique learning opportunities for both graduate students and undergraduate students on campus.  Through the program, some of UCLA’s very best advanced graduate students have the opportunity to develop and teach a lower division seminar in their field of specialization on a one-time only basis.  This experience serves as a “capstone” to the teaching apprenticeship, preparing them for the academic job market and their role as future faculty.  At the same time, undergraduates enrolled in CUTF seminars have the chance to take courses that are at the cutting edge of a discipline and to experience the benefits of participating in a small-seminar environment.

For more information, please visit the Office of Instructional Development’s website.

For students interested in attending a CUTF seminar, please visit the UCLA Registrar’s page.

Contact Information

70 Powell Library Building
Campus 151504

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship

The US Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship program supports graduate training in modern foreign languages and related area studies during the summer and academic year.

The US Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship program supports graduate training in modern foreign languages and related area studies during the summer and academic year.

Academic-year graduate awards provide a $15,000 stipend and fees and tuition, up to $18,000 (however, some Centers expect the student’s home department to cover fees and tuition).  Summer awards provide up to $2,500 as a stipend and up to $5,000 for fees/tuition and, in some program areas, up to $1,000 for travel expenses.  Awards are contingent on UCLA receiving continued funding for the FLAS fellowships from the US Department of Education.

Summer awards are for intensive language study only and can be used for summer study in the US or abroad (at the intermediate or advanced level only).

The academic-year fellowship requires that students take one language and one related area studies course for a letter grade each term.

The FLAS fellowship is intended for language study at the intermediate and advanced level.  Applications to fund beginning-level language study will only be considered in extraordinary cases.  If you plan to apply for a FLAS to fund beginning-level language study, please consult the relevant Center during the application process.

For more information, please visit the Graduate Division website.

Lenart Graduate Travel Fellowship

The Harry & Yvonne Lenart Graduate Travel Fellowships provide funds for travel and living expenses for UCLA graduate students in the Humanities to conduct research in foreign countries. Awards typically range from $2,000 to $8,000 each, depending on the extent of the research proposed. Awards can cover a period ranging from about three months to one year. These fellowships are meant for research only and are not to be used for activities such as enrolling in foreign institutions.

The Harry & Yvonne Lenart Graduate Travel Fellowships provide funds for travel and living expenses for UCLA graduate students in the Humanities to conduct research in foreign countries. Awards typically range from $2,000 to $8,000 each, depending on the extent of the research proposed. Awards can cover a period ranging from about three months to one year. These fellowships are meant for research only and are not to be used for activities such as enrolling in foreign institutions.

Applications should include the following materials:

1) A CV

2) A two-page (maximum) description of the student’s proposed project including the following details: a budget breakdown that also specifies the length of time to be spent abroad, explanation of the need to travel abroad, information about the archival holdings and locations the student needs to visit, evidence substantiating that the project can be carried out, such as supporting letters from archives abroad.

3) A letter of recommendation from the student’s dissertation director or other suitable faculty member.

An important note that any divisional funding requests for graduate students to attend the 2017 Institute for World Literature (IWL) Program http://iwl.fas.harvard.edu/pages/program need to be requested via this Lenart Fellowship award process and would use up the ‘one nomination per department’ as described above. No additional funding source is available for the IWL program as of 2017

Please consult with your individual department Student Affairs Officer on the process for being nominated for this fellowship. Only open to students in the Division of Humanities.

For more information, please visit the Division of Humanities website.

International Institute Funding Opportunities

Both the UCLA International Institute and its centers support cutting-edge research via graduate student fellowships; language study scholarships; faculty grants; and funding for conferences, publications and multidisciplinary research projects.

Both the UCLA International Institute and its centers support cutting-edge research via graduate student fellowships; language study scholarships; faculty grants; and funding for conferences, publications and multidisciplinary research projects.

To take advantage of the myriad of graduate and post-doc fellowships offered by the Institute, please visit the UCLA International Institute website.

Albert & Elaine Borchard Foundation

The Albert & Elaine Borchard Foundation is dedicated to promoting research, education, social justice, and the arts and to improving the human condition.

The Albert & Elaine Borchard Foundation is dedicated to promoting research, education, social justice, and the arts and to improving the human condition.

For more information on its funding opportunities, please visit the Borchard Foundation website.

Chateaubriand Fellowship Program

The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. It supports outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who wish to conduct research in France for a period ranging from 4 to 9 months. Chateaubriand fellows are selected through a merit-based competition, through a collaborative process involving expert evaluators in both countries.

The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. It supports outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who wish to conduct research in France for a period ranging from 4 to 9 months. Chateaubriand fellows are selected through a merit-based competition, through a collaborative process involving expert evaluators in both countries.

The Chateaubriand Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS)targets outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who seek to engage in research in France, in any discipline of the Humanities and Social Sciences. This fellowship is offered by the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France. HSS Chateaubriand fellows are selected through a merit-based competition, using a binational collaborative process involving expert evaluators from both countries.

For more information, please visit the Chateaubriand Fellowship website.