Financial Support

Graduate Teaching Assistantships are primarily available in English, French, Italian and Spanish. GTAs gain valuable experience teaching and/or assisting in undergraduate courses in their disciplines. The teaching assistantship includes a $15,000.00 stipend as well as a full tuition waiver. Students awarded GTAs are automatically entered into competition for Presidential Fellowships, which add $5,000.00 to the annual stipend.

Special fellowships for students concentrating their studies in areas related to Peace, Justice and Human Rights are also available on a competitive basis.

If you are interested in competing for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship, please include in your statement of purpose this request and indicate any prior teaching experience you may have had in your M.A. program or elsewhere. Be sure to indicate in which areas you feel qualified to work (English, Spanish, French, Italian, Communication, etc.)

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Duties associated with Graduate Teaching Assistantships vary by department.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships in English

Students in the Comparative Studies program who work as Graduate Teaching Assistants for the English department will typically teach first year writing courses (ENC 1101/ENC 1102) for the first two years in the program. Beginning in their second year, they may submit a proposal  to teach an ENC 1102 equivalent, ENC 1939, of their own design and centered around their research interests. Beginning in the third year,  Ph.D. GTAs will be assigned to at least some 2000-level literature classes. On occasion, depending on departmental needs and GTA expertise, they may teach even further up in the curriculum in their 3rd and/or 4th years.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Students in the Comparative Studies program who work as Graduate Teaching Assistants for the Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies will teach one of the program’s core courses, WST 2010 Introduction to Women’s Studies, WST 2608 Introduction to Sexuality and Gender, or our forthcoming Introduction to LGBTQ Studies. Students may also teach WST 2101 Women and Gender in the Global South. Students may also propose a special topics section of WST 3930 to reflect their research interests, beginning in their second year.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships in Political Science

Students in the Comparative Studies program who work as Graduate Teaching Assistants for the Political Science department will typically assist a professor in the teaching of lower division large lecture courses in political science such as American National Government (POS 2041), International relations (INR 2002) and Comparative Politics (CPO 3003) for the first two years in the program. Beginning in their third year, they may submit a proposal to teach a smaller section of these lower division classes, or a class of their own design and centered around their research interests. On occasion, depending on departmental needs and GTA expertise, they may teach even further up in the curriculum in their 3rd and/or 4th years.

 

Call for PJHR GTA Fellowships

In the interest of recruiting outstanding graduate students whose work intersects with the University Peace, Justice, and Human Rights (PJHR) Platform, the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will provide two competitive Dean’s Fellowships in Peace, Justice, and Human Rights. Each Fellowship is in the amount of $3,000, which will be added to the standard Graduate Teaching Assistantship offered by the student’s department and, pending satisfactory progress, will be renewable for the duration of the student’s funding in their program.

Interested students should submit their application to the graduate program by January 15, 2021, and be sure that their Statement of Purpose identifies their interest in the Fellowship and explains how their research interests engage Peace, Justice, and/or Human Rights.  These research areas may include but are not limited to Holocaust Studies; the study and practice of political diplomacy particularly in the pursuit of peace; the history and practice of human rights advocacy and social movements (including, for example, the feminist movement, the Civil Rights movement, the history and practice of Gay and Lesbian rights movements, the Trans rights movement, etc.).  Fellowships can be awarded to students engaged in humanities or social science research in these areas, or to students creating art, music, theatre, or literature that addresses one or more of these issues.

 

Call for Diversity GTA Fellowships

In the interest of recruiting outstanding graduate students of color and in proactively confronting issues that have recently been at the forefront of our national conversation, the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will provide two competitive Dean’s Fellowships in Diversity. Each Fellowship is in the amount of $3,000, which will be added to the standard Graduate Teaching Assistantship offered by the student’s department and, pending satisfactory progress, will be renewable for the duration of the student’s funding in their program.

Interested students should submit their application to the graduate program by January 15, 2021, and be sure that their Statement of Purpose identifies their interest in the Fellowship and explains how their research interests address questions of race, racial history, and/or the potential for racial justice. Fellowships can be awarded to students engaged in humanities or social science research in these areas, or to students creating art, music, theatre, or literature that addresses one or more of these issues.