Funding and Research Support

Applications are due Friday, March 1st, 2024 at 11:59 pm

The Department of Romance Languages (RL) Scholarships are open to current undergraduate and graduate students who are declared majors or minors at the Department of Romance Languages at the time of application. All RL undergraduate and graduates students must be enrolled full-time* (as defined by the UO) during the 2023/24 academic year in order to receive a scholarship award. *You are still considered a full-time UO student even if you are studying abroad.

This application is for scholarships that will be dispersed in Fall 2024. Please note you must be registered as a full-time student in the fall in order to receive these awards. Scholarships for summer study abroad will be awarded in spring 2024.

Review details below to learn more about each award’s criteria and eligibility. Eligible students are encouraged to apply, regardless of citizenship, and/or FAFSA eligibility. Financial aid for Dreamer students (undocumented, DACA-mented, Tuition Equity, and students of mixed status families) can be found at the UO Dreamers resource page.

Scholarship Requirements

The following criteria apply to all scholarship applications (additional criteria may apply to individual scholarships, as indicated).

All applications must include:

  • A statement of purpose in applying for the scholarship (500-word limit). The statement should include personal qualifications, professional interest in the target language, and intended use of the scholarship.
  • A current unofficial transcript (minimum requirement: 3.50 GPA in major/minor coursework, and 3.0 GPA overall).
  • Two letters of recommendation from UO faculty members (please use departmental form; see below). One letter must be from a Romance Languages faculty member.

For scholarships that support study abroad: Include a description of the Study Abroad program that you plan to attend. Documentation attesting acceptance into a program may be requested by the RL department. 

For the Stickels Scholarship: Students will need to present documentation certifying registration and/or acceptance in a foreign university before their trip.

For the Beall Scholarship: Students must include a Statement of Purpose (1800 word limit). The statement should include your Conception and definition of the dissertation, Significance of the Dissertation, and the Plan of Work and Methodology. Your Plan of Work should include your progress to date and your plans for the fellowship term. One letter of recommendation must come from your dissertation director.

Financial aid: Scholarship awards may have an impact on your financial aid. Please check with the UO's Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships prior to accepting any scholarships.

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How to Apply

Students, please fill out the Student Scholarship Application Form below.

Faculty, please fill out the Faculty Scholarship Recommendation Form below.

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Graduate Scholarships

Beall Graduate Dissertation Scholarship

Equivalent to a regular Graduate Employee (GE) appointment providing RL doctoral students with a term of support with no teaching duties. Students must be advanced to candidacy and must obtain written approval from their dissertation advisor. Residence in Eugene is required. Research travel is allowed with advisor and departmental approval. Scholarship does not cover travel expenses. Must be used in Winter or Spring 2024. Preference given to students who have not previously held a Beall dissertation scholarship. Please see additional Beall Scholarship Application Guidelines.

Helen Fe Jones Scholarship

$750 scholarship to study Spanish in a Spanish-speaking country.

Charles H. Stickels Scholarship

$1,500 scholarship to study at a university in a Spanish-speaking country. Open to graduate students of Romance Languages with a concentration in Spanish, expressing an intention to become language teachers. Preference given to those going to Mexico. In the absence of graduate student applicants, undergraduates majoring in Spanish and intending to become language teachers will be considered. Undergraduates in the other Romance Languages intending to become language teachers may be considered in the absence of Spanish majors applying for this scholarship.

Nicolette B. Weicker Memorial Scholarship

$2,000 scholarship open to graduate students in Romance Languages.  Preference given to students specializing in French or Italian, and to doctoral students.  Awarded on the basis of overall quality of academic work and achievement.

James T. and Mary Alice Wetzel Graduate Fellowship

$1,000 scholarship open to graduate students in Romance Languages, to support specific research projects.

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PhD Funding

We offer full funding packages in the form of graduate teaching fellowships to both MA and PhD students. Graduate teaching fellowships include stipends for teaching, as well as tuition waivers, and funding is contingent on making satisfactory progress toward the degree. Satisfactory progress entails completing all courses taken for credit with a grade of B or better; for PhD students, passing the PhD qualifying examination; timely submission of an acceptable dissertation prospectus; and regular and timely progress on the dissertation itself.

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