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Funding Opportunities

For complete, up-to-date information on assistantships, visit the School of Graduate Studies website at: http://www.wiu.edu/graduate_studies/prospective_students/gainfo.php. Graduate Assistants receive a waiver of tuition (upon receipt of a signed contract) for the period of appointment plus a maximum of one summer session adjacent to (preceding or following) the employment period. If eligible, the summer tuition waiver is automatically applied for the summer following the end of the contract period; students must notify the School of Graduate Studies at the time of signing a fall contract if they choose to use it the preceding summer. The waiver does not include insurance costs or student fees. Tuition waivers may be revoked if the assistant does not fulfill at least two months of the regular contract.

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships are available to full-time Macomb campus students on a semester-by-semester basis. The work involves teaching two sections of English 180 (the basic first-year writing course at WIU) per semester. New TAs are required to take English 580, Teaching Assistant Colloquium, the first semester of their assistantship. TAs are also required to attend orientation the week before fall classes begin.

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Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are available to students on a semester-by-semester basis. The work involves approximately 20 hours per week working with the University Writing Center (Macomb campus), primarily working with students who come to the Writing Center for help with their writing. GAs are required to attend orientation the week before fall classes begin as well as weekly meetings of Writing Center staff.

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Assistantship Eligibility Requirements

Students must meet all of the conditions listed below in order to hold an assistantship position:

  1. Must have a Graduate Assistantship application, personal statement of goals, and three letters of recommendation on file in the School of Graduate Studies.
  2. Must be a degree-seeking graduate student regularly accepted into a master’s program. Probationary students, non-degree students, and second bachelor’s degree students are not eligible to hold assistantship positions.
  3. Must have a graduate GPA of at least 3.0 if graduate courses have been completed at the time the contract is initiated.
  4. Must be enrolled in at least 9 s.h. of graduate coursework or undergraduate deficiencies if holding a Graduate or Research Assistant position for fall/spring; or at least 6 s.h. if holding a Teaching Assistant position for fall/spring; or 3 s.h. for summer (any position). If it is the assistant's last semester of coursework (as verified by the degree plan), it is acceptable to be registered for only the remaining required courses.
  5. Sign an assistantship contract and complete all required employment paperwork.

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Applying for University Grants

Full- and part-time graduate students from Macomb and the Quad Cities may apply for a Graduate Student Research and Professional Development Award. This is designed to support student research projects and presentations, scholarly activities, and professional development opportunities. For more information, visit http://www.wiu.edu/graduate_studies/current_students/studentfund.php.

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Department Awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to full- and part-time graduate students from Macomb and the Quad Cities each year. These include:

    1. Alfred J. Lindsey Memorial Scholarship
      • Graduate or undergraduate English major; 3.0 GPA undergraduate cumulative, major and minor/3.5 GPA graduate; at least junior standing; exceptional interest & skill in writing; must submit writing samples (10-page maximum)
      • $1000
    2. John Merrett Scholarship in British Literature
      • Graduate or undergraduate English major; at least junior standing; must submit essay from WIU British Lit. course
      • $750
    3. Nai-Tung Ting English Scholarship
      • Graduate or undergraduate English major; 3.0 GPA undergraduate/3.5 GPA graduate; at least junior standing; preference given to a student from mainland China
      • $750 renewable
    4. The Wanninger Foundation Scholarship
      • Graduate or undergraduate English major whose education was interrupted by at least two years; 2.5 GPA undergraduate/3.0 GPA graduate
      • $500 renewable

To apply for any of these scholarships, visit the Department Advising Office (Simpkins 130) or go to http://www.wiu.edu/cas/english/scholarships_awards/scholarships.php to download the scholarship application form. Applications are accepted in Spring, usually early March.

The following departmental awards are for full- or part-time Macomb or Quad Cities graduate students only.

  1. Walker Fellowship
  2. Mahoney Research Fellowship
  3. Conger Essay Award

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