Department of Classics


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Applying to Graduate School

Applications are due in January (see application for deadline). Applicants to graduate study in Classics must submit results from the GRE General Test. Foreign applicants must also take the TOEFL. All applicants are also required to submit a personal statement and a writing sample.

Applying on-line:
On-line applications are available through the Graduate School. The Admissions Office prefers the use of the online application.

Applying with paper application:
The Admissions Office prefers the use of the online application, but a paper application may also be obtained, either at the web site mentioned above or by written request to The Graduate School, Box 1867, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912.

Contact for applicants:
Pura Nieto, Director of Graduate Studies in Classics or James Fitzgerald, Director of the Sanskrit Program


Funding and Financial Aid

Doctoral students in the Department of Classics are eligible for a range of funding and stipends from Brown University. General information on funding is available from the Graduate School.

Types of Support
In the first year, fellowship support means that the student may concentrate entirely on coursework and preparation for the translation exams. In the second year, the student begins work as a teaching assistant or proctor, for not more than 20 hours per week. The stipend is obtained through this type of work normally through the fourth year. Upon completion of the oral preliminary examination the student may apply for a dissertation fellowship from the University.

Stipends & Funding
Different appointments (teaching assistant, teaching fellow, proctor, etc. carry different stipends, but doctoral students can expect a minimum level of support of $21,500 in each of the first three years and the likelihood of equal or higher levels of support during the final three years of a projected six-year program.

In addition to covering tuition, health insurance, and fees, Brown guarantees a minimum graduate stipend of $19,000 annually for five years (some stipends may be higher) and an additional sum of $2,500 in summer funding annually for the first three summers. Students are commonly awarded further funding for their sixth year and for all of the summers in graduate school.

Support for Attending Conferences
Graduate students are eligible for financial support to defray the cost of presenting at academic conferences.