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The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate courses. While the major emphasis of the Department is literature, we also offer courses in Spanish language, linguistics, and culture, as well as Portuguese language, Brazilian literature and cultural studies. The Department has received the Departmental Award for Exceptional Teaching and Learning from the Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Kansas, and is highly ranked by the NRC. We recognize the integral relationship between teaching and research, and all members of the faculty are both active scholars and dedicated teachers. 

 


GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS AVAILABLE

The Department of Spanish & Portuguese has been awarded several fellowships for the 2017-18 academic year.  We will be able to award one Chancellor’s Fellowship (the university’s most prestigious graduate award) as well as one Hall Center for the Humanities Fellowship and two Graduate School Fellowships.

Chancellor’s Doctoral Fellowship. Fellows receive a $25,000 stipend plus tuition and required fees for five years of doctoral study. Each Fellow is appointed as a GRA during the first year and the final dissertation year, allowing for early engagement in research during the first year and focused dissertation work during the final year. The department will appoint the Fellow as a GTA in the intervening years with a tuition waiver.

Fellows enroll fulltime during the first year of study and are provided with sufficient financial and mentoring support to make it possible to complete the doctoral degree by the end of the 5th year. The student’s program will provide them with a plan for timely completion, and the student is expected to actively participate in the mentoring relationship, including full-time work on the dissertation during the final year of fellowship support. Fellows have the opportunity to meet with Fellows from other programs, including those at different stages of their doctoral education. These gatherings provide an opportunity to make informal connections with doctoral students in other disciplines.

Hall Center for the Humanities Doctoral Fellowship. This four-year funding package will include a stipend (to be supplemented by a GTA appointment in our program) and participation in the Hall Center’s interdisciplinary programming.

University Graduate Fellowships. Two one-year fellowships will allow incoming PhD students to engage in the development of their research programs intensively before beginning their GTA appointments.

The Ph.D program offered by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese has been developed to address the needs of a new generation of doctoral students in the humanities. The program provides a rigorous and comprehensive education in the traditional disciplines of Iberian and Latin American literary studies, while also allowing for engagement with larger issues relating to the role of the humanities in the contemporary world. Students admitted to the doctoral program will have the opportunity to develop research interests under the guidance of diverse faculty and to acquire the skills to teach successfully at the University level. For more information, please see our Ph.D program.

All applicants admitted to the doctoral program will be offered five-year funding packages that include graduate teaching assistantship (GTA) positions. Additionally we will be able to award one Chancellor’s Fellowship, one Hall Center for the Humanities Fellowship and two Graduate School Fellowships.

All complete and on-time applications to the Ph.D program will be automatically considered for all awards.

Information on admission requirements and application deadlines can be found here.


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