All admitted students are offered a full five-year fellowship package that includes tuition, fees, and a competitive annual stipend. In addition to these University fellowships the department has at its disposal several teaching assistantships that it assigns to students in accordance with their need to gain teaching experience. Normally one of the five years of financial support is a teaching assistantship; during the remaining four years of support, our students are free to concentrate on their studies, unburdened by a heavy teaching load. No graduate student is expected to teach before completion of the general examination, allowing our students to concentrate intensively on their work in the seminars as well as on their preparation for the general examination. For details on awards and financial assistance students should consult the Graduate School website.