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Graduate assistantships available through the English Department are awarded on a competitive basis. As of September 2013, stipends were $885 per month; tuition (though not fees) is waived for graduate assistants. In addition to financial aid, graduate assistantships provide valuable training and experience. Assistants tutor in the University’s Writing Center, assist with Writing across the Curriculum, and/or serve as editorial or research assistants. Assistants who complete the required sequence of training in composition pedagogy may apply to teach first-year writing courses. (You can also find general information about graduate assistantships at Eastern on the Graduate School's website.)

Applications for graduate assistantship appointments effective the following academic year should be complete by early March. (Please refer to the calendar of important dates for deadlines.) Applicants for graduate assistantships are required to complete the graduate assistantship application available at the Graduate School website. At least one week before the due date in March, a complete application for admission must be on file in the Graduate School. The Graduate School will forward these materials to the department’s graduate coordinator. By the due date, the coordinator should also have received these additional materials: personal statement, CV or resume, two letters of recommendation, and a writing sample. GA applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0

English Department Graduate Assistantship Application Checklist

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