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Department of English

Graduate Studies

Financial Support

English Graduate Program Teaching Assistantships

The Graduate Program in English offers a limited number of Teaching Assistantships (TA-ships). Open primarily to Ph.D. students, these assistantships require that the student teach approximately 20 hours/week. Support is renewable pending satisfactory evaluations of teaching and satisfactory progress toward the degree.

We recognize the necessity of teaching experience in the academic job market; thus every Teaching Assistant is given the opportunity to teach both English and Writing. Teaching Assistants are required to attend ENG 999 and WRT 999 seminars, which are dedicated to pedagogical theory and practice, during their first semester of teaching ENG courses and their first semester of teaching WRT courses. Students wishing to specialize in Rhetoric can expect to fulfill one year of their assistantship through teaching and tutoring in the Writing Center.

Applicants to the program who wish to be considered for a TA-ship should send a cover letter with their request to the Director of Graduate Studies along with the application supplementary materials. Successful applicants will be notified of assistantship offers.

Students in the program who wish to be considered for an internal TA-ship may submit an application to the Director of Graduate Studies. Applications are due January 1, 2012 (for Current TAs) or February 1, 2012 (for Internal Applicants). Applications are forwarded to the Graduate Committee for review. The application for an internal TA-ship should include the following materials:

  • Personal Statement (1-2 pages) detailing any prior teaching, Teaching Assistantship, tutoring, or writing center experience. The committee is particularly interested to know what your intellectual interests are, how your coursework has guided you to this point in developing your ideas, and how your life experiences make you an excellent candidate for a TA-ship.
  • C.V. (Curriculum Vita)
  • Writing Sample (15-20 pages)
  • TWO letters of recommendation (these letters should be from URI faculty, but one of these letters may be a letter from another university that speaks directly about your teaching)
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Classroom evaluation (optional)

Writing Center

Each spring, all Teaching Assistants are encouraged to apply for year-long appointments in the Writing Center as a partial alternative to classroom teaching assignments. For more details on joining the Writing Center's staff, visit the Writing Center's Web site at uri.edu/writingcenter.

College of Arts & Sciences Support for Graduate Student Research and Travel

The College of Arts &Sciences Dean's External Advisory Council, with major funding by Richard Beaupre '62, HON. '03, has established the Richard Beaupre Hope & Heritage Fund to support student and faculty excellence within the College of Arts & Sciences. Funding is available for partial reimbursement of expenses directly related to presenting papers, delivering poster sessions, performing or exhibiting creative work, such as: travel expenses and accommodations. To be reimbursed, all travel must be conducted according to the URI Travel Procedures. These can be found on the Controller's webpage: http://www.uri.edu/controller/.

URI Center for the Humanities Graduate Research Grants

The URI Center for the Humanities offers a limited number of research awards of up to a maximum of $1,000 are available to students working toward the completion of master's theses and doctoral dissertations within the traditional humanities disciplines, as well as from other disciplines provided the research is clearly grounded in the humanities. All applicants must be enrolled for thesis or dissertation credits at the time of the grant award and must be making steady progress toward completion of the thesis or dissertation. Applicants who have received funding previously from the Center for the same project are not eligible. Visit the website for information about application process and criteria for selection.

Graduate Assistants United (GAU) Grant Fund Application

The GAU Executive Committee has established the GAU Annual Grant Fund to support the growing financial needs of graduate assistants in their endeavor for excellence at the University of Rhode Island. Charitable funding is available for reimbursement of expenses directly related to presenting papers, delivering poster sessions, performing or exhibiting creative work, or other pursuits of professional/educational advancement. The awarded funds can be used to help cover registration fees, travel expenses, and accommodations, to purchase necessary supplies or equipment related to research/teaching endeavors, and to organize events which further academic advancement at the University of Rhode Island. Visit the Graduate Assistants United website for more information.

Graduate School Awards and Fellowships

The Graduate School provides a limited number of scholarships that are awarded on a competitive basis. Candidates for these scholarships must be nominated by their department or program and recipients are required to be full-time graduate students who are in good academic standing. The call for nominations for these awards goes out on 1 February, nominations for the awards are due on 1 March, and winners of the awards are announced on 1 April. URI Graduate School Scholarships provide health insurance and the remission of tuition and a waiver of twenty (20) percent of the graduate student fees.

The Graduate School provides a limited number of fellowships that are awarded on a competitive basis. Candidates for these fellowships must be Ph.D. students who are nominated by their department or program, and recipients are required to be full-time graduate students who are in good academic standing. The call for nominations for the awards goes out on 1 February, nominations are due on 1 March and winners are announced on 1 April. URI Graduate Fellowships provide a stipend, health insurance, the remission of tuition and a waiver of twenty (20) percent of the graduate student fees.

The Graduate School, with support from the URI Foundation and the New England Board of Higher Education provide awards on a competitive basis to students who are members of groups currently under-represented in higher education. Candidates for these awards must be nominated by their department or program, and recipients must be full-time students during the period of the award and in good academic standing. The call for nominations goes out on 1 February, nominations are due on 1 March and winners are announced on 1 April.