Indiana University Bloomington

Germanic Studies

Indiana University

College of Arts and Sciences

Graduate Financial Aid


Some students each year are wholly or partially supported by Indiana University or department fellowships. Stipends vary from year to year. We expect to award one or more fellowships of $17,000, or partial fellowship grants combined with partial teaching assistantships, for 2006-2007. These awards also include fee remissions. Germanic Studies can also nominate outstanding applicants for the more competitive multiyear Chancellor's Minority Fellowship, each of which includes a $17,000 stipend and full fee remission.

Prospective graduate students in Yiddish language, literature, and culture are welcome to apply for a special Graduate Fellowship in Yiddish Studies at IU’s Borns Jewish Studies Program. For full details please go to Cohn-Borns Yiddish Graduate Fellowship.

More extensive fellowship support is available through the Institute of German Studies. For 2006-2007 the institute awarded five fellowships to new students, including at least one with fee remissions and multiyear support.

Additional Fellowships and Grants: Various forms of financial assistance are available to continuing graduate students in the Department of Germanic Studies.

  • Dissertation Year Fellowships and Edwards Fellowships are awarded by the University Graduate School to outstanding advanced students; stipends vary.
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships under Title VI of the Higher Education Act are available through West European Studies.
  • Doctoral Student Grants-in-Aid are awards of up to $1,000 that assist in the acquisition of necessary research materials and provide access to resources located elsewhere.
  • There are also special fellowship opportunities open to minority students, such as the Graduate Minority Fellowship.

Travel grants for students giving papers at scholarly conferences are also available. These are awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences in amounts up to $300. Our department also makes financial awards up to $290 for conference presentations, so that a student who is on the program of a professional meeting will receive partial (and may receive full) reimbursement of travel expenses.

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Associate Instructor Positions

Description: At Indiana University teaching assistants are termed Associate Instructors (AIs), reflecting the fact that they enjoy certain faculty privileges. Our department generally has about 20-25 full positions, each of which is normally held by one person, but a few of which are sometimes divided.

Apprenticeship: AI experience is considered an integral part of graduate education. One year of teaching is required for the Ph.D., even for candidates not in need of financial support.

New AIs participate in a week of pretraining conducted by the language coordinator before the fall semester. In-service training follows, ordinarily in the beginning undergraduate German language- skills course sequence G100-G150. With the acquisition of classroom experience and the completion of G500 ("College German Teaching"), AIs may be assigned to more advanced language-skills courses. AI internships with faculty members in undergraduate literature, film, and culture courses are possible for experienced doctoral students.

Full-time Status: Associate instructors (AIs) enroll in an average of nine hours per semester. Courses should contribute to a coherent academic program, and at least six hours each semester are normally taken in Germanic Studies.

Teaching Load: Most AIs teach in multiple-section courses. Syllabi, staff meetings, handouts, and tests are organized by the course chair. In these courses the standard year's teaching load is three 4-hour sections for first-year German, or three 3-hour sections for second-year. AIs normally prepare just one course per semester, which means three or four class preparations per week. More advanced AIs may teach two 3-hour sections of third-year German per year. Other assignments are also possible.

Class Size: Classes vary in size depending on the course and the availability of staff. AIs are likely to teach between 18 and 23 students per class.

Compensation: The standard AI appointment for 2010-2011 carries a stipend of $13,025 and a fee remission for a maximum of 12 credit hours per semester. If a student receives a fee remission for both semesters of an academic year, a fee remission for the following summer sessions is also provided for a maximum of 6 credit hours. The value of a full (30-credit-hour) remission for out-of-state students in 2010-2011 exceeds $14,000. All associate instructors are required to pay mandatory fees and an unremittable charge per credit hour of course work.

Reappointment: Fellows and AIs are full-time graduate students. Continuing degree candidates in Germanic Studies can expect (re)appointment as AIs if their progress towards the degree and their performance as instructors (if former AIs) are judged satisfactory by the department. In general, M.A. and M.A.T. students are eligible for a total of four semesters of full support from the department. (Dual M.A. degree candidates in German and another department may have reduced eligibility.) Students completing the M.A. degree in Germanic Studies who are admitted to the Ph.D. program are eligible for eight further semesters of full support. Students admitted from outside the department directly into the Ph.D. program are eligible for nine semesters of full support. For all students, a one-year fellowship awarded by the Institute of German Study counts as only one semester of full support from the department, as does an IU exchange fellowship with a German university. Further policies apply.

Summer Appointments: These do not figure in the support limits given above. In most years there are considerably more applications for summer AIships than there are positions. Among these positions are two AIships regularly awarded for the department's intermediate-level undergraduate summer program in Graz, Austria.

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