Most funding will consist of Graduate Teaching Assistantships and other sources within GW, but we also admit students with outside funding, such as Fulbright or McNair scholarships. For complete information on available fellowships, please visit the GW Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships.
Master's Program Funding Opportunities
Various funding opportunities are available for talented applicants who apply before February 1. In addition to merit awards, enrolled students can compete for teaching assistantships and tutoring opportunities when they are available.
Merit awards in the form of Dean’s Fellowship Awards (first year only) are given selectively by the CCAS Dean’s Office. Merit awards in the form of McCandlish Fund Tuition Awards are offered selectively by the English Department.
Graduate Assistantships are awarded competitively to experienced tutors and teachers to assist professors with the writing component of courses in the Writing in the Disciplines (WID) Program.
Because MA students in English typically have the language and writing skills required for these salaried GA positions, they have an excellent chance of being selected to serve in these semester-by-semester appointments. These positions also include additional compensated training workshops in writing pedagogy. To indicate your interest, write Gil Huerta in the WID Program, by April 15 and include a copy of your C.V., which clearly states your intended program of study at GW.
In addition, the Office of Student Financial Assistance can arrange loans and provide helpful information for admitted students.
The GW Career Center provides information about Federal Work-Study opportunities, part-time jobs and internships in the Washington, D.C. area that pay a salary. The Human Resources Office has information about University employment (typically full-time jobs) that includes significant tuition remission for part-time students after completing 90 days of regular employment.
PhD Funding Opportunities
It is the policy of the Graduate English Program to attempt to fund all students admitted to the PhD program. Most funding will consist of Graduate Teaching Assistantships and other sources within the University, but we also admit students with outside funding. Some of our funding opportunities include:
- Graduate Teaching Assistantships/University Fellowships – merit-based awards for full-time doctoral candidates; include salary, stipend, and 18-credit-hour tuition award. May be renewed for up to five years.
- George McCandlish Fellowship – stipend for doctoral candidates.
- Dean’s Fellowship – competitive fellowship for those in their first or final year of their PhD program.
- Center for Washington Area Studies Fellowship – for degree candidates in humanities and social sciences and in fields concerned with public policy and planning; provides stipend, graduate research assistant’s salary, and 18-credit-hour tuition award
- The George Washington University Presidential Merit Fellowship – competitive fellowship; awards full tuition and stipend.
- Resident Assistantships – tuition and residence; includes counseling and administrative duties in University residence halls.
- Scottish Rite Endowment Fellowships – for graduate students affiliated with the Scottish Rite.
- Phi Delta Gamma Scholarship Fund – must have completed nine semester hours of graduate work at GW (not open every year).
In addition to these, we offer competitive grants to students with records of distinguished teaching and research.
For complete information on available fellowships, please consult the GW Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships and the Columbian College Graduate Student Funding page.