Prospective Graduate Student Funding

What Funding do we offer?

We offer a financial guarantee to students admitted to both the Spanish and Portuguese programs, for both Masters and PhD levels. There is no separate application for the financial guarantee; the details of the guarantee are written in the offer of admissions letter for each individual.

Multi-Year Funding Package

If you apply to the Department of Spanish & Portuguese and are accepted, most often you will be offered a multi-year support package, which begins in your first year. The support guarantee for incoming Masters students is typically for two years, or four semesters. For continuing MA to PhD students, the support guarantee is for six years, or twelve semesters. For incoming PhD students, the typical guarantee is five years, or ten semesters. The guarantee is, of course, contingent on satisfactory progress and performance. Our guarantee is in the form of a graduate assistantship, which in our Department is most often a Teaching Assistantship (TAship). All of our TAships provide tuition remission, health insurance benefits, and a stipend. The stipend amount varies depending on the percentage of the TAship. Additional funding could come from Project Assistantships (PAships), when available, or fellowships.

For each fall’s incoming cohort, the Department nominates qualified, admitted applicants for the following fellowships:

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Advanced Opportunity Fellowship (L&S C-GRS)

Advanced Opportunity Fellowships through the Letters & Science Community of Graduate Research Scholars are intended to support the recruitment and retention of highly-qualified underrepresented students in UW-Madison graduate programs.

International Research and Training Grants

Offered by the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS), International Research and Training Grants for Incoming Graduate Students is for graduate students who will at some point in their graduate training require a period of international fieldwork or development of language or cultural competence off the UW-Madison campus.

Helen Firstbrook Franklin Scholarship

Offered by the Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies (LACIS), the Helen Firstbrook Franklin Scholarship enables top entering graduate students with Latin American, Caribbean, or Iberian commitments to focus on their studies during their first academic year at UW-Madison.

Kemper Knapp University Fellowship

Offered by the Graduate School, the Kemper Knapp University Fellowship is a one-year fellowship to incoming PhD-bound underrepresented students, such as students of color and low-income first-generation students, and students in underfunded areas such as the arts and humanities.


Ray Harris Hispanic Linguistics Award

Offered by our Department, as funds permit, the Ray Harris Hispanic Linguistics Award is for graduate students entering or in the MA or PhD program in Hispanic Linguistics. Given to outstanding graduate students who show extraordinary potential to succeed in the program or demonstrate excellence in their academic performance.

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