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Financial Support for Graduate Students

NOTE: There are many sources of support outside the department, and students should consult frequently with the Fellowship Office of the Graduate School and Graduate Funding Information Services about what is available.


Many students have been successful in obtaining work/study grants by applying to the University’s Financial Aid Office. The department tries to put eligible students to work to the extent that the budget allows. The Slavic Section of the University of Washington Libraries and the Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies Program are also willing to consider work/study recipients for employment.

UW Language Learning Center

The Center takes applications each year for Graduate Staff Assistants, and our students, especially those with prior teaching and technological experience, are invited to apply.

The Jackson School of International Studies (JSIS)

JSIS awards Foreign Language and Area Study Fellowships (FLAS) for the study of Russian, East European and Central Asian languages. The FLAS Fellowship application for 2017-18 will open in mid-October 2016 and is due January 31st, 2017 at 5 PM PST.

Funding for Conferences and Travel

The Slavic Department encourages students to participate in local and national conferences, such as ASEEES and AATSEEL, and has limited funding available.  Please check with the department administrator.

Slavic Department Teaching Assistantships

The department has a few teaching assistantships each year and one recruitment research assistantship for the most promising new student. The deadline is December 15. Teaching assistantships are awarded yearly in a competition based on three categories:

  1. Academic achievement and progress toward a degree, which is determined by a careful reading of the candidate’s dossier.
  2. Teaching potential, in which attention is paid to experience, recommendations and formal preparation in pedagogy.
  3. Competency in the language, where ranking is established either by testing or interview along with recommendations from qualified observers. New applicants for graduate study are asked to name a proctor at their institution who will administer a written examination, and potential teaching assistantship recipients will be given a telephone interview in the target language. Local applicants will be examined by the department for proficiency.

During winter quarter of each year, the Graduate Studies Committee will review TA applications (DOC) from continuing UW students for TAships in the Department, along with applications for admission to the Department’s MA and PhD programs. In addition to the basic criteria for awarding TAships, a student’s standing within the program at the time of review and appointment will affect the committee’s decision. The presence of incompletes or X grades from the previous two academic years or the preceding fall quarter are indications that a student is not in good standing.

The committee will make its preliminary recommendations for TA appointments for the following academic year based on information available to it during winter quarter. The Department’s subsequent official offers of TA appointments, which are usually delivered during spring quarter, should take the candidates’ continuing good standing during winter and spring quarters into account.

Removal of Incompletes and X Grades

Incomplete or X grades will be given only exceptionally, and they require a contract for completion between the student and the professor. X grades are only given when inexplicable circumstances prevent the professor from submitting a final grade, and they should be accompanied by a note about the circumstances to the main office. Incomplete work must be completed and a regular grade assigned by the end of the following quarter (including summer quarter). In extraordinary circumstances, students may petition the Graduate Studies Committee, but only before the deadline just stated, for an extension of time. Failure to complete work on this schedule will affect a student’s good standing and eligibility for financial support, as well as teaching and research assistantships.