Ph.D. Program Funding
We offer a five-year funding package, including summers, to all admitted Ph.D. students with competitive funding available for a sixth year. Funding covers tuition fees, Stanford Cardinal Card health insurance, and a living stipend or salary. Students are paid based on a combination of fellowships and assistantships during their time in the program.
In the first year of the program, students focus on coursework, departmental exams, and preparing to teach. In year two, students continue coursework while also teaching with the Stanford Language Center. Most students advance to candidacy at the end of year two. In years three and four, students finish core coursework and departmental exams, complete the University Oral Exam, and begin work on the dissertation. In the final years of the program, students finish the teaching requirement, apply for fellowships, and complete the dissertation.
Throughout the program, we encourage our students to participate in the Research Unit, Focal Groups, and other extracurricular opportunities, such as conferences, fellowships, and more. Most students complete the program in approximately six years.
Students are required to teach five courses by the end of year five in the program. Courses may be a combination of language and literature courses, as well as a combination of teaching assistantships, co-instructorships, and/or solo instructor positions.
Coursework, Language, and Other Requirements
Requirements vary by program. For more information, please visit the Stanford Bulletin.
Graduate Programs Available in the DLCL
|Ph.D. in Comparative Literature|
|Ph.D. Minor in Comparative Literature|
|For more information about Comparative Literature graduate programs|
|M.A. in French|
|Ph.D. in French|
|Ph.D. in French and Italian|
|Ph.D. in Italian|
|Ph.D. Minor in French|
|Ph.D. Minor in Italian|
|For more information about French and Italian graduate programs|
|M.A. in Iberian and Latin American Cultures|
|Ph.D. in Iberian and Latin American Cultures|
|Ph.D. Minor in Iberian and Latin American Cultures|
|For more information about ILAC graduate programs|
|M.A. in German Studies|
|Ph.D. in German Studies|
|Ph.D. Minor in German Studies|
|For more information about German Studies graduate programs|
|M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures|
|Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures|
|Ph.D. Minor in Slavic Languages and Literatures|
|For more information about Slavic graduate programs|