It is the policy of the Department of Classics not to admit students to its graduate programs without funding, although exceptions may be made in very particular circumstances. Although the available fellowships and assistantships vary to some extent in the level of support they provide, they all include a stipend, eligibility for full tuition, and health insurance. With only a few exceptions, they all also involve service as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA). The cost of living in Chapel Hill is relatively low compared to areas where other major research universities are located, so that funding packages from our department tend to go further, dollar for dollar, that those from other programs; see the Graduate Schools’ cost-of-living comparison here. For general information on graduate funding at UNC-CH, see here. For detailed and up-to-date information about tuition and fees, see here.
Royster Fellowships provide full support for five years, including a substantial stipend, full tuition, fees, and health insurance. The first and fifth years are non-service, meaning that Royster Fellows do not have teaching assignments in those years. In the second through fourth years they serve as GTAs. Competition for the fellowships is keen; the Graduate School awards only a dozen per year, across all fields. For further information, see the Graduate School’s website here.
The Department’s Reckford Fellowship provides the same benefits as the Graduate School’s Royster Fellowships. The fellowship was created to honor Kenneth J. Reckford, who taught Greek and Latin in the department from 1960 until 2003.
Merit Assistantships are offered on a competitive basis by the Graduate School and provide an enhanced stipend for a student’s first year in the program. Thereafter, the student holds a regular departmental Teaching Assistantship. For further information, see here.