Graduate Assistantships

Each year, the English Department awards graduate assistantships to students in our certificate and master's programs. Graduate assistants receive a full tuition waiver for all required coursework and a stipend. For new master’s students, this funding typically extends to two years. 

Graduate assistants typically teach two sections per semester of ENG 110 Writing I. However, there are opportunities to teach other introductory-level courses. Some graduate assistants divide their assistantship between teaching and other positions such as working in the Writing Center or serving as a faculty assistant.

Most graduate assistantship positions begin in August. We have limited positions that begin in January. New graduate assistants attend a week-long orientation in August to prepare for teaching classes.

To apply

Submit a completed graduate assistantship application form with your admission application materials through the Graduate College CAS system. Applicants for the MSEd program must also submit a writing sample.

If you have already been admitted to an English Department graduate program, such as the accelerated Masters in Technical and Professional Writing or in Education, send your application to the English Department Graduate Director. In addition to the application form, you will need to submit:

  1. Two reference letters from people who can attest to your skills with writing and in the classroom.
  2. A writing sample of 12-15 pages, if you did not submit those with your initial application for admission to the program.

International student applicants may be required to submit additional admission application materials. Contact International Services for more information.

Fall semester application deadline  Spring semester application deadline
Application received by March 1st Application received by October 1st

Other graduate assistantship positions

You may apply for graduate assistant positions outside of the English Department. Apply simultaneously for multiple positions if you wish, but you may only accept one offer.

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