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Assistantships & Fellowships

Graduate Assistantships

The department offers assistantship funding for a select group of approximately 15 graduate students enrolled in the Masters or doctoral programs in French and Francophone Studies. A graduate assistantship is a form of financial assistance awarded on a competitive basis for which a student works for the department as a teaching assistant in exchange for a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend. Typically Graduate Assistants teach one section of FREN 101, FREN 102, or FREN 201, and staff the Language Resource Center. Teaching and lab assignments are determined according to departmental needs.

All graduate assistants must be full-time graduate students in order to qualify.

Apply for a Graduate Assistantship.

Deadlines for applying for graduate assistantships are:

  • For fall enrollment - March 1
  • For spring enrollment - November 1

Masters Fellowships

The masters fellowships program recruits superior students who have completed a bachelors degree from an accredited American institution. Masters fellowship applications must be submitted by February 15 for consideration. Apply for a Masters Fellowship.

UL uses a portfolio approach for awarding fellowships. Minimum eligibility expectations for master’s fellowship applicants include, but may not be limited to, the following:

  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.5 or have earned no more than 12 hours in graduate school with a graduate GPA of at least 3.3.
  • GRE combined verbal and quantitative score of 308 (1,200 for those who have taken the GRE before August 2011).

Fabrice Leroy, Le Bouquin de la bande dessinée

Professor Fabrice Leroy contributed two lengthy chapters to Le Bouquin de la bande dessinée: Dictionnaire esthétique et thématique, edited by Thierry Groensteen, the leading French expert on comics and graphic novels. Published by Robert Laffont Editions in Paris in collaboration with the Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée et de l'Image, this 928-page reference work contains in-depth essays from over 40 international scholars who examined a variety of comics-related notions, including historical movements, publishing trends, subgenres, aesthetic and formal devices, themes, and correlations with cultural history. Each entry of this volume is illustrated by an original drawing from renowned French cartoonist Lewis Trondheim. This publication is a flagship event of the French Ministry of Culture’s “Année de la Bande Dessinée,” which coordinates various museum and library exhibitions, as well as festivals across France, in a celebration of comics as an art form (January 2020-June 2021). Fabrice Leroy’s contributions to this volume are devoted to detective fiction (“Polar”) and to the depiction of everyday life in graphic novels (“Quotidien”).