Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships

Department of English Graduate Assistantship


We offer a limited number of full-time positions which require 20 hours of work per week, usually fulfilled by teaching two sections of undergraduate public speaking each semester. The position requires enrollment in 12 hours of graduate credit each semester.

Details about Assistantships for PhD Students:

Teaching Assistant in Composition, Instructor of ENGL 1105, 1106, H1204, or 3754

Teaching Assistant in Professional Writing

Research Assistant in the CSRS

Assistant Editor of the Minnesota Review

Writing Center Tutor

Assistant to the Director of the Writing Center

Assistant to the Director of Composition • Teaching Assistant in Engineering Communication

Teaching Assistant in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Assistant in CATH

Details about Assistantships for MFA:

We offer fully funded graduate teaching assistantships for full time enrollment in the program. You do not teach during your first semester but will teach composition in your first two years, and creative writing in your third year. The teaching load is 0-1, 2-2, 2-1.

Details about Assistantships for MA:

A full-time position requires 20 hours of work per week, usually fulfilled by teaching two sections of an undergraduate writing course each semester. Appointments as program assistants, to the Writing Center, or in technical support are also available.

Duration of Funding

We normally offer 4 years of assistantship for funded PhD students, and 2 years for MA and MFA students. Contracts are for one year, with renewal depending on progress in the degree program and satisfactory performance of assistantship duties.

Benefits of Assistantships

Assistantships provide these benefits:


-Tuition waiver

-Health insurance program (see the Graduate School benefits page for details)

Applying for Funding

A question on the Graduate School application for graduate admission asks whether you want to be considered for a teaching assistantship. If you check yes, you will respond to additional questions and be added to our list of candidates. All new positions begin in the fall semester.

Please note that you do not need to submit separate application to be consider for Graduate Assistantships.

Sponsor By

Department of English

Application Open Dates

Same as admissions


February 1

Application Form


Contact Person

For PhD:

Katrina Powell


For MFA :

Erika Meitner


For MA:

Charlene Eska


Department Nominations for Several Fellowships