A limited number of assistantships are available for entering graduate students. As well as a full tuition waiver for the fall and spring semesters, assistantships carry a $10,000 stipend for the academic year. Teaching assistant assignments are twenty hours per week, and may include teaching freshman composition, tutoring in the Writing Center, assisting professors with their research, grading for World Literature classes or providing administrative support in the department office. Duties are assigned by the department chair and are non-negotiable. Assistantships are awarded for one year, and are renewable (pending successful performance of duties both academic and assignment-related) for one additional year for masters candidates and two additional years for doctoral candidates.
To apply for an assistantship, simply so indicate on your online application. Funding decisions are made separately from admissions decisions, so you may well receive a letter of acceptance before you receive notification about funding. Additionally, the English department makes every effort to fund as many incoming graduate students as possible, and if alternate sources of funding become available after the initial round of funding offers has been made, we will contact students on the waiting list with revised offers. If you are not offered funding your first year, and are in good academic standing, you are welcome to apply for second-year funding.
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