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Graduate Funding & Scholarships
The Department of German Studies offers graduate teaching assistantships for qualified students. Full assistantships currently (2008-2009) pay $13,664, plus a waiver of out-of-state tuition. This means that Graduate Assistants in Teaching (GATs) at the University of Arizona may expect teaching and other assignments of up to 20 hours per week to earn this amount. Stipends for second-year GATs are $14,460 at present. The department also awards one Graduate Research Assistantship, requiring 10 hours per week at half the above stipend ($6,832) plus a waiver of out-of-state tuition and 50% in-state tuition. In addition, the Department of German Studies and the University of Arizona offer (when available) Graduate College Fellowships, Graduate College Diversity Scholarships, the Atlantik-Brücke Fellowship, the Max Kade Fellowship and the Weinel Scholarship. Qualified applicants for the German Studies graduate program will be entered automatically in the departmental competition for some of these awards, but they must apply for the Max Kade Fellowship.
GATs are automatically awarded an out-of-state tuition waiver and in-state registration if hired at .50 FTE — or 50% of in-state registration if hired at .25 FTE — plus approximately $200.00 per semester in student fees.
Available Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards:
* Max Kade Fellowship
* Weinel Scholarship
* Oskar Grunow Scholarship
* Atlantik-Brücke Fellowship
* Graduate Diversity Fellowships
* Graduate Incentives for Growth Awards (GIGA)
Summer teaching is available for qualified GATs on a competitive basis. The courses generally offered in the summer are German 101-102 plus intensive first- and second-year German 111-211 In addition, one or two GATs often have the opportunity to teach in our summer program in Leipzig, as well as help organize excursions and other activities in Leipzig and its environs.
Non-native Speakers of English
If you are a non-native speaker of English, your graduate assistantship is subject to documentation of your English language proficiency. All international graduate students wanting to be hired as Graduate Assistants in Teaching (GATs) who have scored below 26 points in the Speak section of the TOEFL iBT test are required to take the Task-Based English Speaking Test or T-BEST designed to measure your ability to communicate in English. A $60 fee for the T-BEST test will be charged to your bursar's account.