Financial Support

The Department of English offers financial support in the form of prizes, fellowships and teaching assistantships. The primary source is in teaching assistantships. Fellowships and teaching assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis to outstanding graduate students either at the time they are admitted to the program or as they pursue their degrees. Along with the stipend, there is a tuition waiver and medical, dental, and vision insurance.

Teaching Assistantships

In general, teaching assistants teach one course, assist in a large lecture, lead quiz sections, or assist in program administration in the Department of English.

Non-native speakers of English must satisfy English speaking requirements by submitting test scores as part of their application. Spoken English proficiency can be satisfied in one of the following ways:

English graduate students also have success in applying for teaching assistantships in other departments, such as American Ethnic Studies, Comparative History of Ideas, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies (GWSS), Honors, and Communication. Inquiries for how to apply for these positions should be directed to the individual departments.

Other positions available through the University of Washington are posted on UWHires system. These postings can change weekly or bi-weekly.

Fellowships and Prizes

Other Funding Sources

Work Study and other need-based financial aid is available through:

Student Financial Aid
105 Schmitz Hall
Box 355880
Seattle, WA 98195-5880
Phone: 206-543-6101


Graduate Funding Information Service

The GFIS is a resource offered by the UW Libraries to help graduate students locate funding opportunities for graduate school related expenses, including tuition, research, conference and research travel. Students can visit GFIS for drop-in hours, schedule individual appointments, or request information by e-mail.

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