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Financial Support for Graduate Linguistics Students

The Department of Linguistics has financial support awards available to its master’s students in the form of Tuition Scholarships, Graduate Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships. Such support is awarded on a competitive basis. International students are eligible if they can demonstrate sufficient English proficiency to perform the duties that go along with the support; for Teaching Assistantships a score of 21 or above on the speaking section internet-based TOEFL is sufficient. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 to remain eligible for financial support.

Students admitted into the Department of Linguistics M.A. Program may apply for the following types of financial aid:

  1. GRS (Graduate Recruitment Scholarship) - A full tuition scholarship (waiver of the General Fee and Non-resident Surcharge) with no stipend, which requires the student to work eight hours per week in the department;
  2. GA (Graduate Assistantship) - A graduate assistantship that comes with a full tuition waiver (waiver of the General Fee and Non-resident Surcharge), and a stipend of approximately $3,600 per semester. A student with a graduate assistantship is required to work twelve hours per week assisting faculty or staff with their research and administrative duties;
  3. TA (Teaching Assistantship) - A teaching assistantship that comes with a full tuition scholarship (waiver of the General Fee and Non-resident Surcharge), and a stipend of approximately $5,500 per semester. This type of financial aid is reserved for persons who can teach undergraduate linguistics, adult academic ESL in OPIE, advanced academic English in ELIP, or one of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Swahili; 
  4. International students may find teaching assistantships in Southeast Asian and African language courses and US students and permanent residents can apply for FLAS fellowships to study these languages. For more information, please contact the Center for International Studies.

Applicants interested in financial aid are strongly advised to submit their application materials by early February because the assessment of submitted materials could take a couple of weeks, and the offering of financial aid starts in late February. There is no deadline for applying for Fall admission, but the chances for financial aid will decrease rapidly after March. We admit approximately 15 students each Fall. Students who begin their study in Spring or Summer can apply for the following academic year’s financial aid.


For more information about graduate studies at Ohio University, including applications for admission and financial aid, refer to the Graduate College. The Graduate College maintains general information on Tuition and Fees, including the total estimated expenses for international students.

Questions? Please contact:

Hiroyuki Oshita, Ph.D.
Director of the Japanese ProgramAssociate Professor of Japanese and Linguistics
Gordy 373
740-593-4570 (office)
740-593-4564 (department)
fax: 740-593-2967

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