Students with an MA admitted to the PhD program may receive a teaching assistantship. The teaching assignment is three courses per year, but in the first year consultant duties in the writing center substitute for one course.
In the first year, the current stipend is $15,000 plus an in-state tuition waver for the two-semester academic year. All new teaching assistants are required to take English 747: Theories and Practices in the Teaching of College English, their first semester. A limited number of tuition waivers are available for out-of-state students. In years two through four, the current stipend is $20,000 (but without an in-state waiver).
A range of fellowships and scholarships are available from the Graduate School and the department. Exceptional applicants may be nominated for these by the Director of Graduate Study on the recommendation of the department’s Graduate Studies Committee. The competition for many of these awards is university-wide, and all of them are highly selective.
For more information, please visit the Graduate School’s website
At this time, the Department of English is sometimes able to offer a limited number of tuition waivers or assistantships to MA students Moreover, graduate assistantships in administrative positions across campus are available on a limited basis. For instance, our MA students have held assistantships in the UNCG Writing Center, the Graduate School, the Financial Aid Office, and CASA, among other offices and programs.
These graduate assistantships across campus are open to all graduate students at UNCG and are competitive via an application and interview process. Eligibility requires that a graduate student be in good standing (meaning not on a provisional admission), enrolled full time each semester (at least six graduate credit hours) and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.
These assistantships range in pay from $8,000 to $12,000 per year requiring from 10 to 20 work hours per week. Available positions and job descriptions are listed with the UNCG Division of Student Affairs in the Elliott University Center.
Because these opportunities are both limited and competitive, most of the MA students in English work full or part-time outside of the university.