Sources for Additional Funding
Graduate students have multiple opportunities for financial aid at the University.
The English Department offers a variety of annual awards and scholarships. The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships provides information and assistance in applying for loans and university merit-based scholarships. The University's Graduate Student Association also provides its own scholarships, grants, and loans to qualified graduate students.
On-campus employment opportunities are available at the Writing Center and in the Intensive English Language Center. Teaching assistants who wish to take on additional work must get approval for an overload.
For additional financial aid options, see the list of external funding opportunities, below. Whether in the form of a scholarship, loan, grant, or fellowship, the financial support you need to pursue your education is available at the University of Nevada, Reno.
English Department Support
In addition to Teaching Assistantships, other forms of financial support are available through the English Department, including Letter-of-Appointment teaching, travel awards, summer research assistantships, scholarships and fellowships.
Letter-of-Appointment Teaching: LOAs teach first-year courses on a part-time, course-by-course basis. If you are interested in applying to teach as a LOA, please contact the English Department's Core Writing Program. In addition to being paid for the courses they teach, LOAs receive reduced tuition, for up to six credits, equal to the number of credits they are teaching. For example, if a LOA teaches a three-credit course, then the tuition for three of the graduate credits he or she is taking that semester is reduced. For more information about LOA positions, please contact the Core Writing Office.
Travel Awards: Graduate students may apply for up to $300 per year toward travel to a conference at which they are presenting a paper.
Summer Research Assistantships: Continuing graduate students are eligible to apply for a summer research assistantship, designed to provide supplemental financial assistance, to give students an opportunity to gain experience in various academic fields, and to help prepare them to undertake their own future research projects. SRAs pay $15 per hour up to a maximum of $1,200 (80 hours) for a student to work on a faculty member's summer research project.
Scholarships and Fellowships: The English Department awards a variety of annual scholarships and fellowships, including the Douglass Memorial Scholarship for teaching, the Ronald Memorial Dissertation Fellowship, the Macmillan and DQ Scholarships for writing, and the Leonard Scholarship for academic excellence. The department also has had good success nominating English students for university and system-wide scholarships, such as Access Scholarships and the Regents Outstanding Scholar Award.
Graduate Student Association
The Graduate Student Association is one of the main sources of financial aid for the graduate student population. Each spring semester, the GSA sponsors an awards program for outstanding University graduate students, and awards scholarships and grants in several categories, including research, teaching, and mentoring.
In addition to merit-based scholarships and loans, the GSA also provides travel grants to graduate students attending professional conferences, and offers a number of need-based scholarships, grants, and loans for current graduate students, including scholarships for childcare and medical hardships, loans for purchasing computer equipment, and grants for students experiencing unexpected financial crises. Additionally, the GSA Household Items program collects and distributes various furniture items and other household necessities for current graduate students. Visit them in-person at the Joe Crowley Student Union, or online.
The University Writing Center provides writing assistance to the entire student population, from undergraduate to graduate, in any stage of the writing process. Writing tutors assist students via one-on-one peer consultation or in small group instruction.
The Writing Center is partially funded by student fees, and staffed entirely by a team of committed undergraduate and graduate students. New writing consultants are hired at the end of each semester.
Intensive English Language Center
The Intensive English Language Center provides English language instruction to international students and non-native speakers wishing to improve their English language ability. Additionally, the IELC helps prepare students for general academic studies by teaching language and study skills in addition to introducing students to American culture and university life. Employment opportunities may be available for qualified graduate students.
Tuition and residency information
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