Financial Aid and Assistantships

Current federal and state financial aid information is available on the Department of Financial Aid web page.

Teaching Assistantships

The Department of English offers a number of graduate Teaching Assistantships (TAs) each year. Assistantships include salary, health insurance and full tuition remission.

TAships are available for up to two years at the master’s level and up to five years at the doctoral level. The number of years of assistance the student might receive is counted from the date of enrollment in the program, not from the date that the TAship was awarded. Renewals are conditioned upon academic and teaching performance. To review the complete set of rules regarding Teaching Assistantship renewals, please see the department’s Graduate Handbook.

Assistantships are for the full academic year only. New students can apply for a TAship by completing the Financial Aid and Teaching Assistantships questionnaire in the Panthera graduate admission application.

All TAs take two courses per semester, usually for a total of six credits. Most new TAs take English 700, Teaching Writing Practicum, in their first semester. Most first-year TAs have a 2-1 teaching load; that is, new TAs teach two classes in the fall semester and one in the spring semester. In the following years, all TAs teach 2-2.

Most TAs begin teaching first-year writing and continue to teach various writing courses throughout their assistantships. In later years they also have the opportunity to teach courses in literary studies, creative writing, film studies, media studies, women’s studies, business or professional writing, introductory linguistics and occasionally courses for other departments or programs.

The 2018-2019 TA salary schedule is as follows:

Non-doctoral: $13,750
Doctoral: $15,000
Dissertator: $16,600

Assistance packages (pro forma)*

An assistance package to a single, non-resident doctoral GTA might look like this:

$15,000 GTA salary (9 months)
$19,014 Approximate value of non-resident tuition waiver
$6,222 Approximate value of health insurance premiums paid by UWM
-$546 Approximate 12 month insurance contribution paid by employee
Approximate student fees
$38,245 Total approximate annual value of assistance package for a single, non-resident, doctoral GTA

*Additional conditions may apply.
More information on benefits

Graduate Project Assistantships or Research Assistantships

The Department has very few Project Assistant (PA) positions. Research Assistantships are given to individual faculty members who select the recipients themselves.

Fellowships and Awards

Chancellor’s Graduate Student Support Award
The Chancellor’s Graduate Student Award (CGSA) program is designed to give UWM a competitive edge in attracting and retaining high-quality, talented graduate students. There is no application for the award. Each program in English grants these awards to incoming students as part of the normal admissions process. These are one-year non-renewable awards, and are typically several thousand dollars. They can be awarded in addition to a Teaching Assistantship.

Advanced Opportunity (AOP) Fellowship
The Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP) is funded by the State of Wisconsin. AOP Fellowships are designed to assist members of groups under-represented in graduate study, and other disadvantaged students, to enter and complete a graduate degree at UWM. Please note: the AOP application requires a separate letter of recommendation that addresses your application and qualification for this funding. The AOP is renewable and provides tuition remission, health insurance, and a stipend of $15,000 for 2018-19.

Non-Resident Tuition Remission (NRTR)

The NRTR waiver grants out-of-state students the ability to pay in-state tuition rates. To find out more about this program, its restrictions, and how to apply, contact the English Department’s Associate Chair for Graduate Studies. Typically, applications for an NRTR are made only after an offer of admission.

Graduate Student Travel Award
The Graduate School Travel Support program offers partial funding to UWM master’s and doctoral students for presenting scholarly and creative works at conferences, performances, or exhibitions. Students are encouraged to apply for funds before the event, and funding is provided as reimbursement of expenses after the travel has been completed. There is a cumulative limit of approximately $1,000 per student for each program in which the student is enrolled.

Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship (DGSF)
The DGSF is a one-year non-renewable fellowship that includes tuition remission, health insurance, an academic year stipend of $16,500, and up to $1,000 of travel support for 2018-19. The award is not open to doctoral students who will achieve dissertator status. These awards are typically granted to students already enrolled after their first year.

Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship (DDF)
The DDF is a one-year non-renewable fellowship that includes tuition remission, health insurance, an academic year stipend of $15,000, and up to $1,000 of travel support for 2018-19. The award is for PhD students who have achieved dissertator status.

Department of English Awards
English makes a number of awards to students already enrolled in the program. These include the Tinsley Helton Dissertation Fellowship, the Frederick J. Hoffman Award for Best Graduate Student Essay, awards for teaching excellence, and a number of creative writing awards. More information about these awards can be found in the English Faculty Handbook on pp. 54-61.

Other financial support options can be found at: