Stipended Graduate Assistantships
The Department of English offers stipended graduate assistantships (SGAs) to all students entering the Ph.D. program.
Students who enter the Ph.D. program may expect up to 5-6 years of financial support while in residence as teaching assistants, depending on which degree is held at the time of entry. Funding packages include a stipend over fall and spring semesters for living expenses, full tuition remission for fall and spring semesters, and health insurance. The possibility exists, based on the strength of the application, to also receive a guaranteed summer stipend. The funding package does not cover fees associated with the cost of attendance, including the University Health and Counseling Services (UHCS) fee.
Stipended graduate assistants’ duties are typically divided between teaching courses in the department’s Writing Programs and tutoring students in the Writing Center. There are also several competitive graduate assistant assignments with affiliated journals, NULab projects, the Undergraduate Program, and the Writing Program for which SGAs may apply.
All SGAs are expected to make satisfactory progress in their studies and to be effective teachers. More details about assistantships are included in admissions offer letters, and students receive SGA training during a mandatory Ph.D. Network orientation held each fall term for new doctoral students.
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