Students admitted to the graduate program in the Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch (GSD) receive either fellowship or assistantship support (both include tuition and health insurance). Students in good standing are supported for two years at the M.A. level and four years at the Ph.D. level.
Incoming students are eligible for:
Continuing students may apply for:
We are committed to excellence in language instruction. Our teaching assistants gain a wide range of experience in German or Scandinavian language courses while pursuing their studies. Teaching assistants are responsible for one section per semester in the lower-division language program. Advanced students in the German program may also teach literature and composition-conversation courses, subject to the availability of positions.
Graduate students receive comprehensive training and mentoring as they develop their skills as teachers and become familiar with current language pedagogy and instructional technologies. Beginning instructors work collaboratively and are supported through weekly staff meetings, contact with experienced instructors, and shared materials.
Some students receive support in the form of research assistantships. These positions are awarded directly by faculty members holding research grants.
We also support graduate students through summer stipends, dissertation research grants, and annual travel/research funds, and the University of Minnesota's Employment Center maintains a list of on- and off-campus jobs, including graduate assistantships in other departments.
The Graduate School's Fellowship Office (612-625-7579) administers University-wide fellowships for current graduate students, as well as international fellowships for study or research abroad (e.g., Fulbright and DAAD grants). Our students have successfully competed for University-wide fellowships, including: