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A limited number of competitive Graduate Assistantship opportunities are available. Graduate assistantships typically offer a 9-month Teaching Assistantship position that includes an approx. $9,000 stipend, tuition and fee waiver, and student health insurance. Graduate Assistants must enroll for a minimum of nine credit hours each semester and must meet other requirements as set by the Graduate College.

*New* Graduate Assistantship Opportunity
In an effort to support diversity and inclusive excellence, the Department of Communication is pleased to announce a Graduate Assistantship opportunity aimed at supporting an M.A. student who identifies as a member of an historically underrepresented racial or ethnic group in graduate education (e.g., Black/African American, Hispanic, Latino/Latina, Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Native Pacific Islander). This Graduate Assistantship opportunity is in addition to several other Graduate Assistantships available in our program, and we intend to award it to a qualified graduate student starting the program in fall 2018.

This Graduate Assistantship provides the following funding opportunities:

  • A 9‐month Teaching Assistantship position that includes a $15,000 stipend, tuition and fee waiver, student employee benefits, and GA insurance. There may be an opportunity to extend funding for an additional year based on available funds.
  • A 3-month summer Research Assistantship that includes a $3,000 stipend for summer research in partnership with a graduate faculty mentor.
  • Support for conference travel to present research.

We are interested in applicants who demonstrate an interest and aptitude for engaged scholarship. The student receiving this award will receive mentorship from a graduate faculty advisor to support the student’s success in graduate study.

Interested applicants should apply to the M.A. in Communication program and indicate an interest in this Graduate Assistantship opportunity.

Click here for a PDF announcement of the new graduate assistantship opportunity.

Applying for a Graduate Assistantship
If you are interested in being considered for a Graduate Assistantship (GA) opportunity, please also complete the a Graduate Assistantship Statement of Purpose describing your interest in receiving a graduate assistantship. In particular, please discuss what you hope to learn as a graduate assistant, and how a graduate assistantship might help you achieve your overall goals for graduate study. Additionally, please describe your relevant background experiences that have prepared for your succeeding as a graduate assistant. Please discuss previous leadership, teaching, research, and/or other relevant experiences and how they have provided useful knowledge and/or abilities for success as a Graduate Assistant. Please keep your response to a maximum of two double-spaced pages. Also please indicate that you are applying for a Graduate Assistantship when completing the Letter of Recommendation Forms so those writing letters of recommendation for the program can include an assessment of your abilities related to serving as a Graduate Assistant.