Financial Support, Fellowships and Grants
As of fiscal year 2001-02, the graduate school has changed its fellowship
procedures. The preference is to award a select number of multi-year
funding packages. Students who are not awarded such a package should
seek financial aid outside the program. Consult the following website:
Student Financial Services
Students applying for the M.A. degree are not considered for
The program is alloted a limited number of 4 year fellowships
(William Penn Fellowship). This fellowship offers one year of
full funding (4 courses per semester plus stipend), two years
of in service funding (3 courses per semester plus service as
a teaching or research assistant), and a final year of full funding.
Teaching or research duties vary, depending on the course or faculty
member a student is assigned to. The time commitment per week
is approximately 15 hours per week. The stipend is set by the
Graduate Division of Arts and Sciences in May of each year.
Funding beyond the Program
Teaching assistantships as well as research positions are occasionally
made available by other programs and programs, and we encourage
students to inquire about opportunities in program/programs that
may interest them.
Writing Across The University (WATU)
From outside the program, we normally can expect additional support
in the form of course units and stipend from the University Writing
Program. WATU is a program designed to extend the teaching of
writing beyond the confines of the English program, over disciplinary
boundaries, throughout the university. Through the struggle to
write clearly students can come to understand the content of their
courses better, and hone their own thought processes and styles
of argument. There are several employment possibilities with Writing
Across the University:
1) as a specially trained teaching assistant
2) as a writing consultant assigned to a course (in our Program
or in a related discipline
3) as a Writing Center consultant. Stipends for these positions
vary with the size of the class.
WATU Teaching Assistantships. In return for a stipend
which supplements their salaries, teaching assistants attend training
sessions and accept responsibility for integrating the teaching
of writing with their teaching of the discipline, ensuring that
students write informally as well as formally on a regular basis,
and supervise the students writing processes.
WATU Writing Consultants. In some cases professors/instructors
want to affiliate a course but no teaching assistant is assigned
by the graduate program. In these instances, WATU will support
a writing consultant. Although the role varies from course to
course, typically a consultant will work with the professor to
design appropriate writing requirements for the course, help develop
writing assignments, read and evaluate student drafts and meet
with students individually to discuss their writing.
Writing Center Consultants. At times there are positions
available at the Writing Center. The Writing Center staff consists
of approximately ten graduate students in various disciplines,
many of them also WATU fellows. They advise graduate students
and faculty as well as undergraduates (pay is approx. $12.00/hr.
or salary depending on length of employment).
WATU Training. In return for their stipends from WATU,
writing fellows participate in a day-long orientation each semester
as well as a series of seminars, group meetings and lectures.
THIS TRAINING IS IMPORTANT AND USEFUL. You MUST attend the training
session if you want to work as a WATU consultant.
Students who have completed their course work may be nominated
for Chimicles Fellowships for the teaching of writing; these allow
a student to teach his/her own course of the Writing about Folklore
variety, they pay dissertation tuition and a stipend at the same
level as TA-ships.
Graderships are available through the English Program, and usually
involve grading two sets of papers, or one set of papers plus
the midterm and final. Usually the courses involved are survey
courses with enrollments of up to 100 students. With large enrollments,
two graders may split a class.
Dr. David Espey, Director of the Freshman English Program, who
hires graders, can be contacted at 407 Bennett Hall or 215-898-7360.
Graderships pay approximately $10/hour, up to a maximum of $2,000
a semester. Hours are estimated rather than tabulated, and such
an estimation includes reading time and class time as well as
grading time. The grader, instructor and Dr. Espey agree on a
set amount at the beginning of the semester, which can be dispersed
on a monthly or biweekly basis. **For spring graderships, see
Dr. Espey in December, and have a vitae prepared.
College of General Studies (CGS) Courses
In September, syllabi for proposed CGS courses for the following
academic year (Fall and Spring terms) are solicited. A list of
courses for which instructors are sought is supplied when the
call for proposals goes out. These courses are offered through
the College of General Studies and generally meet in the evening.
Any student who has completed his or her course work and has no
Incompletes may submit a course proposal. The proposals are reviewed
by the faculty, who select a limited number of courses to be taught
the following year.
While students might prefer to propose courses in their specialized
fields of interest, there is a specific demand for more general,
introductory classes and the courses selected will be based mainly
on the requirements of the CGS folklore program or the Master
of Liberal Arts (MLA) program. These general introductory classes
provide excellent experience for academics-to-be. GCS pay rates
are determined annually. Applicants should inquire about the current
rates when submitting proposals.
Creating Your Own Employment Opportunity
If you have been assigned through our program as a TA, you may
suggest to the professor that he/she affiliate the class with
WATU. If you have no TA assignment but know of an undergraduate
class with which you would like to work, contact the professor
and discuss the possibility of a WATU affiliation. You may be
able to negotiate a WATU Consultant position for yourself. Be
sure to start the process the semester before the class is to
be held so that the professor can start the affiliation process.
The course must be affiliated - IN ADVANCE - don't wait
until the last moment!
If you have writing skills and knowledge of other disciplines
conventions, you may want to submit a writing sample along with
your résumé to the director of WATU; occasionally there are openings
for trained WATU fellows in other university programs and your
name can be placed on file.
You may create your own tutoring enterprise by advertising on
your own, or you may want to contact The Tutoring and Learning
Resource Center, 3828 Locust Walk, Suite 109, 215-898-8596, Bernadine
Abad, Director. Sources may also exist in other programs and programs;
in the past, students have often discovered these options on their
own initiative, based on special interests and skills in, for
example, language or area studies research.
Nota bene: In allocating
the program's support positions and in recommending students to
extra-departmental funding options, the faculty will closely examine
a students course record and general performance. Incompletes
generally disqualify students from financial support.
If you have questions regarding specific funding options and
what they are currently worth, or about any special needs you
might have, please do not hesitate to notify the graduate chair;
The Graduate Chair for the 2001-2002 academic year is Dan Ben-Amos,
who can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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