Scholarships and financial aid

The annual Wayne State University Scholarship Application period runs from Oct. 1 through March 1. Applicants will be considered for the scholarships listed below and 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 program length and application quality. Visit the Office of Study Abroad and Global Programs for details.

Graduate funding

Fellowships, awards and scholarships for graduates are available at

Graduate teaching assistantships are available in several 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.

  • Application and requirements

    Applications for graduate teaching assistantships are due March 1 to the appropriate graduate advisor:

  • Hernan Garcia for the M.A. in Romance Languages (French and Spanish) and Ph.D. in Modern Languages (French, German and Spanish)
  • Anne Rothe for the M.A. in German
  • Leonidas Pittos for the M.A. in Near East Studies

Applications should include the following:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Transcript
  • Statement of purpose

Complete admissions apps must also be submitted online by March 1 for full consideration. Applications for a department Rumble Fellowship should also be submitted to the Ph.D. graduate director by March 1.

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

  • More about assistantships and the next steps

    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. M.A. applicants receive up to two years of funding; Ph.D. applicants receive between three and five years of funding. For more information, see our GTA policy.

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

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 promises 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. Gifts from faculty and other generous donors established this endowment fund. 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 available funds, are awarded to outstanding German language, literature and culture students. 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 studying 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 benefits 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 first-year students 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 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 scholarships ranging from $250 for undergraduate German minors to $500 to $1,000 for undergraduate German majors who have excelled in their German language and culture studies.

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.