Scholarships and financial aid

The annual Wayne State University Scholarship Application period runs from October 1 – March 1. Applicants will be considered for the scholarships listed below, as well as the scholarships available throughout the university, by using just one application.

Study abroad

Students wishing to pursue study abroad opportunities may apply for grants to support participation in study/internship programs outside the U.S.

Preference is given to programs sponsored by WSU, programs affiliated with WSU and those that grant academic credit. In most cases, awards range from $250 to $1500, depending on the length of program and quality of the application. Visit the Office of Study Abroad and Global Programs in Manoogian Hall for details.

Graduate funding

Fellowships, awards, and scholarships for graduates are available at

Graduate Teaching Assistantships are available in several of our areas (French, German, Near East Studies, and Spanish) and carry a stipend and a tuition scholarship. Each year there are on average two openings in each language area.

Applications for graduate teaching assistantships are due March 1st to the appropriate graduate advisor: Professor Hernan Garcia for the MA in Romance Languages (French and Spanish) and PhD in Modern Languages (French, German, and Spanish); Professor Anne Rothe for the MA in German; and Professor Abderrahman Zouhir for the MA in Near East Studies. Applications should include:

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Transcript
  • Statement of Purpose

Complete admissions apps must also be submitted in Slate (the online graduate admissions system) by March 1 for full consideration. 

Applications for a department Rumble Fellowship should also be submitted to the PhD Graduate Director by March 1.

All GTA candidates will be orally interviewed in the target language and in English by the progam advisor during the month of March.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships are granted based on academic excellence and language proficiency. Annual renewals are based on progress to degree completion and remaining in good academic standing. MA applicants receive up to two years of funding; PhD applicants receive between three and five years of funding. For more information on CMLLC GTA departmental policy, please click here.

GTA candidates must be formally admitted into the degree program (in Slate) by April 30. Contingent offers of employment as a GTA are made in early May.

Wayne State University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity in all of its operations, employment opportunities, educational programs, and related activities. Consistent with University policies, The Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cutlures shall not discriminate or harasson the basis of race, color, veteran status, height, weight, ethnicity, religion, creed, political affiliation, political beliefs, membership in any social or political organization, national origin, ancestry, marital or parental status, age, gender, gender identity or expression,pregnancy, sexual orientation, disability, or HIV status, of those capable of performing their professional duties. The preceding list is illustrative but not exhaustive. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the application of bona fide occupational qualifications as may be appropriate or from taking such measuresas may be permissible by law, to protect the health and safety of the University community.

Departmental scholarships

Asmaa Jamil Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established to benefit students in Near Eastern Studies. Preference will be given to full-time or part-time graduate or undergraduate students majoring in Near Eastern Studies in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

CAMWS Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Classical Studies

The CAMWS (Classical Association of the Mid West and South) Award is given annually to an outstanding senior major who shows promise to become a scholar or teacher of Classics. The award provides one year's free membership in the association.

Concordia Singing Society Foundation Endowed Scholarships for Study Abroad

The Concordia Singing Society was founded in 1865 by twelve German-American Civil War veterans who were members of a singing group at Detroit's Social Athletic Club. The endowment was established in 1998 with a major gift by the Concordia Singing Society Foundation. The Concordia Singing Society Foundation Endowment annually funds scholarships for students to study in a German-speaking country, or conduct independent research there on a pre-approved topic related to their course of studies. Concordia Scholarships may be used to attend a summer program in Germany, or may also be applied towards participation in the Junior Year in Munich program. Scholarship awards are generally $1000.

Eta Sigma Phi

Students who maintain an A average in the elementary language sequence (in Greek or Latin) are invited to join Eta Sigma Phi. The department pays the induction fee. Each student inducted into Eta Sigma Phi is awarded a Greek or Roman coin in honor of their achievement.

Friends of German Studies Scholarship

The Friends of German Studies at Wayne State University encourages the study of German language and culture by providing scholarships and book awards that are presented to an outstanding student in every undergraduate German class each semester. This endowment fund was established by gifts from faculty and other generous donors. Undergraduate students enrolled in German language, literature and culture courses may be nominated by their instructors to receive a $50 tuition scholarship which can be used towards a German course taken in a subsequent semester.

German Scholarship Fund

Scholarships of varying amounts, dependent upon funds available, are awarded to outstanding students of German language, literature and culture. Students are nominated by their instructors and scholarships are awarded during the awards ceremony each winter semester.

Kape Memorial Endowment Fund

The income from this endowment is used to provide annual scholarships for full-time undergraduate or graduate students in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures who have demonstrated a serious and sustained interest in the study of Hebrew. This scholarship is to go only to students in financial need.

Rouchdy – Fakhouri Endowed Scholarship Fund 

The Professors Rouchdy – Fakhouri Scholarship aims to provide meritorious undergraduate or graduate students with the financial support to enroll in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures and to pursue their education in the field of Arabic language.

Salim Khaldieh Memorial Scholarship Fund 

This scholarship fund is to benefit students in Near Eastern studies in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Preference will be given to full-time undergraduate students majoring or otherwise demonstrating a strong interest in Arabic language courses. Incoming freshmen are eligible to receive awards. This is to benefit students based on need and not necessarily the GPA.

Uwe K. Faulhaber Endowed Scholarship

The Uwe K. Faulhaber Endowed Scholarship Fund annually awards significant scholarships to undergraduate students pursuing a major or minor in German. This endowment fund was established by a gift from Anne Kirk Warren in honor of our colleague Professor Uwe Faulhaber, who was known for his dedication to students and his excellent teaching. After Professor Faulhaber's death, his family generously enabled this scholarship fund to benefit even more students. Each year the CMLLC German Area awards several scholarships ranging from $250 for undergraduate German minors, to $500 – $1,000 for undergraduate German majors who have excelled in their studies of German language and culture.

Van Deven Scholarship in Classical Studies

This scholarship is awarded annually to a classics major who has displayed academic excellence. The award provides tuition for one classics course up to four credits in the semester after it is awarded. Contact Dr. Thomas Kohn for more information.