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Department of Languages and Literatures

Graduate Assistantships

Current Assistantship Descriptions

Graduate Teaching Assistantships in English/TESS/TESOL

Graduate Research Assistantships in English/TESS/TESOL

Graduate Teaching Assistantships in Spanish

The department welcomes applications for positions as Graduate Assistants. Graduate students in the languages typically work as a team with their supervisor to help teach lower-division courses during the spring and fall semesters on campus; graduate students in English and TESOL may be assiged teaching positions, or they may be assigned research-related positions, such as working for individual professors on various projects, working for UNI's Culture and Intensive English Program (CIEP), or working for the nation's oldest literary magazine, the North American Review.

Generally, tuition scholarships and/or assistantships are assigned for one year for students in the languages and for one semester for students in English and TESOL. At the end of that period, students are encouraged to apply for a continuation of funding, or if they were originally denied funding, then for a new request for funding as deadlines approach. For the fall term, the application deadline is February 1; for the spring, November 1.

Applicants must be already admitted to degree status graduate studies before their applications for assistantships can be considered.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents call (319) 273-2821 or e-mail to request appropriate applications. Attention potential international students: If you are not a U.S. citizen or if you are not a permanent resident of the U.S., you MUST apply for admission through the International Services Office.

Graduate Assistant applicants should have two letters of recommendation sent to:

Graduate Program in __________ (name of program)
Department of Languages & Literatures
​Bartlett 1001
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0502

The assistantship applications should be sent to the same address. Applications can also be sent as email attachments. Please follow the instructions included on the assistantship and scholarship forms. If you are applying for an academic year, please be sure to indicate BOTH a fall AND a spring semester on the application forms. For example, if you were applying for the 2017-2018 academic year, you would indicate BOTH Fall 2017 AND Spring 2018.


Many guides are available to advise applicants to graduate school about how best to present themselves when applying for admission and financial support. The links below provide access to essays written by the DLL's own Vince Gotera, Professor of English and Editor emeritus of the North American Review, who offers his wisdom after having spent years advising potential graduate students and serving on admissions committees:

Click here to read Dr. Gotera's "How to Get Great Recommendations"

Click here to read Dr. Gotera's "How to Write a Great Statement of Purpose"

Click here to read Dr. Gotera's "The Grad School Letter Arrives . . . Now What?"