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Graduate Assistantships

Each spring, the English Department awards approximately 5-6 Graduate Assistantships for the upcoming academic year. Any current or prospective student in the MA in English Literature and Publishing (MALP), MA in Writing and Publishing (MAWP), the MFA in Writing and Publishing, or either of the combined degree programs may apply for an assistantship. Students admitted to one of the English Department's three graduate programs will be sent a link to the GA application portal after admission.​

Graduate Assistantships carry:

  • Full tuition for up to 6 graduate-level courses taken for credit towards your degree during the academic year (up to 12 courses over two years if the award is renewed)
  • A stipend of $8,000, payable September through May.

Graduate Assistants are assigned to work 20 hours per week at the Lincoln Park or Loop Campus during the fall, winter, and spring quarters. These assignments include:

  • Tutoring/Working in DePaul's University Center for Writing-based Learning
  • Performing editorial or administrative duties in support of the English Department and its publications and programs
  • Maintaining a solid academic standing

Students admitted to one of the English Department's three graduate programs will be sent a link to the GA application portal after admission. GA application materials include the following:

  1. A completed assistantship application form
  2. A 200-300 word personal statement outlining your qualifications and goals for an assistantship
  3. A copy of the writing sample that you submitted with your program application
  4. Two letters of recommendation from people familiar with your ability to perform academic work
      • MALP, MAWP, and MFA students may use the letters of recommendation submitted with their program application. Please include a note in your Graduate Assistant application indicating that you would like us to access those letters.


February 15​​, 2021 - Deadline for submitting MALP, MAWP,​ or MFA admission applications if you are planning to also apply for a Graduate Assistantship.

If you have additional questions about admission to the MALP, MAWP, or MFA or about applying for a Graduate Assistantship:

Please contact either Professor June Hee Chung at 773-325-4089 for the MA in English Literature and Publishing program, or Professor Rebecca Johns Trissler at 773-325-1762 for the MA or MFA in Writing and Publishing program.