Spanish Graduate Funding

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Financial Assistance
Graduate School Fellowships
Graduate Teaching Assistantships
Evaluative Procedures
Language House Mentor
Graduate Student Representatives

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Financial Assistance

Admission to a graduate degree program is a prerequisite to be considered for financial assistance. Resources are limited, and all awards are highly competitive. Likewise, applicants requesting financial aid should make certain that the Application for Admission, transcripts, recommendations, and all supporting materials are received by the Graduate School before January 5 for admission in the Fall.

Graduate School Fellowships

A fellowship is an award bestowed on a student who displays academic merit and promise. To be eligible, all applicants for fellowships must be admitted to The Graduate School on a full-time basis.

These highly competitive fellowships, with stipend and tuition remission for up to 12 credits, are awarded by The Graduate School only to new students. Students may not apply directly but are nominated by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Awards are offered for one or two years and may be made to qualified residents of Maryland, to non-residents, or to international students.

In addition to these University sponsored fellowships, The Graduate School has a Fellowship Information Office, which lists fellowships and grants available from internal and external agencies. Inquiries regarding these fellowships should be directed to the Graduate Fellowship Office, Graduate School, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

A limited number of these assistantships, with stipend and remission of tuition for up to ten credits per semester, are offered by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese to students actively working toward the M.A. or Ph.D. degree. The Teaching Assistantship requires the teaching of one course on the first semester and two courses per semester thereafter. This constitutes a work load of approximately 20 hours per week (contact hours, class preparations, advising, preparation and correction of exams and quizzes, etc.). Teaching Assistants are also required to take a minimum of two graduate courses each semester in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

In recent years, the department has put together attractive financial packages for our top candidates that allows us to compete with excellent programs across the United States.

With the approval of the student's advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies, students may be eligible to take courses in departments other than Spanish & Portuguese.

All TAs are required to attend a one-credit mandatory methodology workshop during their first semester. They are also required to attend professional development workshops throughout their career as TAs.

The Teaching Assistantship for M.A. candidates is a one-year appointment which is generally renewed if the Assistant has demonstrated excellence both in his/her teaching and academic performance. For Ph.D. candidates, the appointment may be renewed each year for a total of three years, provided the student demonstrates continuous progress towards the degree. Beyond the third year, it is customary to provide either TA or GA for candidates in good standing.

Teaching Assistants are also eligible to teach departmental courses in the Summer. Applications are distributed to all Teaching Assistants in the Fall.

The Department offers several research and assistanhips positions abroad during the Winter and Summer terms. Winter term in Seville allows graduate students specializing in the early modern era to conduct research at the Archivo de Indias. Students specializing in colonial and nineteenth century Latin America have the opportunity to participate in the study abroad Winter term in Quito and Cuenca. One TA'ship is offered to students specialized or well trained in Peninsular literature for the Summer Program in Salamanca/Barcelona.

Evaluative Procedures

The effectiveness of the Teaching Assistants is evaluated each semester by their students and by designated members of the Faculty. TAs are also observed on a periodic basis by members of the Faculty.

Language House Mentor

Graduate students may also be employed as the Department's mentor in the Language House. The mentor lives in an apartment in St. Mary's Hall, the Language dorm, and supervises all the students in the Spanish cluster. The mentor is also responsible for coordinating activities for the cluster. A stipend, plus free board, is awarded to the mentor.

Graduate Student Representatives

Graduate students will elect two representatives (one from the M.A. program and one from the Ph.D. program) for one-year terms, and act as liasons. Students may not participate in decisions concerning current or prospective students. Students may attend meetings dealing with confidential matters, as appropriate. Responsibilities of the Graduate student representatives are:

  1. Calling a meeting of all graduate students once each semester.
  2. Discussing general concerns of the graduate students as a whole with the Director of Graduate Studies, the Director of Undergraduate Studies, and the Associate Chair and/or Chair. Graduate students with specific, personal concerns, should bring those concerns directly to the Director of Graduate Studies, the Director of Undergraduate Studies, or the Associate Chair or Chair.
  3. Organizing and publicizing, along with other designated graduate students, the annual Graduate Student Conference.
  4. Coordinating and editing, along with other designated graduate students, the graduate student publication, Ojo de buey.