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Graduate Program: Theatre and Performance Studies

Financial Aid

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Departmental Fellowship and Assistantship Packages
The Ph.D. program in Theatre and Performance Studies funds all students in good academic standing for five years. All students receive a full tuition waiver and five years of student health insurance. In a student's first year in the program they will receive a University Fellowship, valued at $28,800 in 2019-2020. In a student's second through fifth years, the Department provides a Teaching Assistantship, valued at $28,800 in 2018-2019. Additional summer support is oftentimes provided through the Dean's office via the Dean and Provost Fellowships, the Dean's Summer Humanities Fellowship, and the Theatre & Performance Studies Dissertation Fellowship. Funding beyond the fifth year is competitively awarded via the Center for Humanities at Tufts Fellowship and the Robyn Gittleman Teaching Fellowship offered via the Tufts Experimental College.

Conference and Research Funding
There are five primary sources from which students may seek funding to cover the cost of research trips and conferences.

Professor Barbara Grossman speaking
  • Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS):
    Students may apply to the GSAS to cover the cost of travel for research or to attend a conference ($200 if not presenting; $400 if presenting). Awards are given on a first-come/first-served basis, and each student may receive only one award per academic year. Students must complete a travel reimbursement request form, which is available from the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Students should note that all awards are made as reimbursements—no travel advances are available. Only one award is made per academic year.

  • Graduate Student Council (GSC):
    Students should refer to the above guidelines for making application to the GSC travel fund. The GSC awards up to $100 to cover the costs of research or conference travel. Again, awards are given on a first-come/first-served basis so early application is encouraged.

  • Graduate Student Research Competition:
    Tufts University's Graduate Student Research Competition (GSRC) supports the research of graduate students by providing funding for expenses including:

    • Equipment, materials, and supplies
    • Research participant compensation
    • Expenses of travel to conduct research
    Students receiving an award

    The competition is open to any graduate student enrolled in a doctoral or master's program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or the School of Engineering. Sixteen awards are available each semester. The maximum amount for an award is $1,000 and students are limited to one award per academic year.

  • The Sherwood Collins Graduate Endowment Fund:
    A Department fund established to assist graduate students in expenses for conferences, language study, and/or research. Currently students may request up to $750 per year in assistance from the Collins Fund. In past years, grants from this fund have been used for partial support to cover expenses incurred while researching dissertation, expenses incurred by students traveling to deliver a paper at a scholarly conference, or other extraordinary expenses. Students may apply for funding from the Collins Fund at any time during the year. They are encouraged to do so well in advance of the event. Students traveling to make presentations at conferences or to complete research are reminded to retain all receipts to submit for reimbursement. There is no carry-over from year to year, so students are reminded to use their allotted funds within the fiscal year. Please contact the Department Administrator for funding request forms.

  • The Laurence Senelick Graduate Fund:
    This fund exists to assist students who need funding for non-English language instruction. Rules for applying are the same as those for the Collins Fund. Please contact the Department Administrator for funding request forms.

Learn more about funding opportunities available through the Graduate School of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering.