Graduate assistantships available through the English Department are awarded on a competitive basis. As of September 2011, stipends were $880 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 additional details.) 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 (application form, official transcripts, GRE scores, and TOEFL scores). The Graduate School will forward these materials to the department’s graduate coordinator. By the due date, the applicant should also have sent these supporting documents directly to the graduate coordinator: personal statement, CV or resume, two letters of recommendation, and a writing sample. GA applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.