The Department of Linguistics offers a funding package for up to five years of support to students admitted to the MA/PhD program in Linguistics and for up to two years for students admitted to the MATESL program. The department offers financial aid packages in the form of:
- Teaching assistantships
- Graduate assistantships, and
- Research assistantships, which include stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance
Additional financial support is available in the form of research assistantships on projects funded from grants awarded to individual faculty members. Research assistants are appointed on an annual basis at the discretion of the faculty investigator on the project, based on the needs of the project and the availability of funding. Provision of any form of financial aid to students continuing beyond the first year of the graduate program is conditional on satisfactory progress toward the degree, including timely advancement towards the MATESL degree or doctoral candidacy, and, where relevant, satisfactory fulfillment of teaching responsibilities. Financial aid beyond the limits laid out above is generally discouraged and is only provided under special circumstances.
The department expects advanced graduate students to apply for sources of support from outside the department for which they are eligible. Many of our graduate students have been successful in competitions for school and university-wide ‘Dissertation Completion’ grants and external fellowships. Competitive external fellowships and grants awarded to students not only provide a mark of excellence for the student’s CV, they are also critical in the department’s overall financial aid plan.
Prospective students with outstanding records are also encouraged to investigate sources of fellowship support external to the University. Exceptional applicants who are U.S. citizens or nationals or permanent residents should consider applying for a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship or an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship.
In addition to fellowships offered directly by our Department, there are other sources of fellowships available to incoming and continuing graduate students. A full listing of fellowships and other awards available to graduate students can be found on the Graduate College website here.
- Illinois Distinguished Fellowships
- School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics Fellowship
- Graduate College Fellowship & Grant Competitions
The Department offers teaching assistantships in three areas:
- ESL (both in the ESL Service Courses and at the Intensive English Institute)
- Less Commonly Taught Languages
- Linguistics (Ling 100, Ling 105, Ling 111, Ling 115, Ling 210, Ling 225, Ling 250)
There are a few graduate assistantships available for students who can work in the different labs that are affiliated with our Department. These are: The Phonetics lab (Director: Professor Ryan Shostead), the Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism lab (Director: Professor Silvina Montrul), and the Discourse Social Interaction and Translation (DSIT) Lab (Director: Numa Markee). There are other positions also available, as MATESL library, GA, LCTL program GA, Seminar coordinator/IWPL/Web, GA.
Faculty members of the Linguistics Department are sometimes able to offer research assistantships to qualified students, especially those who have the requisite training in the area of the faculty’s research interests.
Applying for Financial Aid:
All new students can apply for the financial aid that is internal to the Linguistics Department at the same time that they apply for the program. Admissions information may be found here for
For students currently enrolled in the program, the Department will send out announcements for upcoming Financial Aid application deadlines each semester.
Note: Student progress is evaluated based on the Annual Review which is coordinated by the Director of Graduate Studies at the end of each academic year, with written reports sent to the student, the student’s advisor and the Chair of the Financial Aid Committee.