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PhD Program in Composition and TESOL: Graduate Assistantships

Each year, the Composition and TESOL program is allocated a limited number of graduate assistantships, which are selectively awarded to highly qualified graduate students who have been admitted to degree programs.

Assistantships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence rather than financial need. Graduate assistantships are under the supervision of the C&T faculty.

Duties may include assisting on a research project, library research work, course assistance, or tutorial aid in the Writing Center or the American Language Institute. Assistantships may be renewable for a second year. Assistantships are not available during the summer. The School of Graduate Studies and Research issues assistantship contracts, and the C&T program director makes assignments of graduate assistants to faculty members.

Twenty-hour full assistantships (awarded only to full-time graduate students):

  • Require approximately 20 hours of student work per week during the fall and spring semesters (maximum of 600 hours over the period of the assistantship)
  • Provide a specific stipend amount
  • Include full tuition remission for degree-required credits during the academic year
  • Enable student to be eligible for up to nine degree-required credits of tuition waiver (with permission from the C&T program director) in the summer following the assistantship

Ten-hour full assistantships (awarded only to full-time graduate students):

  • Require approximately 10 hours of student work per week during the fall and spring semesters (maximum of 300 hours over the period of the assistantship)
  • Provide a specific stipend amount
  • Include a 50 percent tuition remission for degree-required credits during the academic year
  • Enable student to be eligible for a maximum tuition waiver up to six degree-required credits (with permission from the C&T program director) in the following summer

Stipends for assistantships may change from year to year. Potential applicants should check with the School of Graduate Studies and Research for current stipend levels.

The deadline for applying for a fall assistantship is March 15 of the same calendar year.

Students should contact the Graduate School to apply for graduate assistantships. The Graduate School issues assistantship contracts, and the program director makes assignments of graduate assistants to faculty members. For more information, please visit the Financial Aid office.

International Students: Assistantships cannot be used to indicate financial support on the IUP Foreign Student Financial Statement Form.

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