Support Within the Department

The Department of Linguistics has a number of graduate employment appointments. Other types of support are occasionally available, e.g. research assistantships in other departments for native speakers of Romance or East Asian languages. Qualified applicants for graduate admission are automatically considered by the Department for a GE position in the Department of Linguistics and need not apply for it separately. Each spring, students who are already enrolled in the program apply for GE positions for the following academic year. The application consists of an annual review statement that clearly indicates anticipated date of graduation (term/year) and progress towards degree completion; a C.V.; and an addendum that states the titles, terms and years of the courses the GE has taught in the past at UO, if any. If desired, the applicant may also indicate which courses they would like to teach in the next year.  For financial aid information in relation to the Language Teaching Studies program, see Language Teaching Studies website at

General Information: GE appointments in the department most commonly involve support of faculty members who are teaching large enrollment courses through the managing of discussion sections, assisting with the preparation of study materials and exams, scoring exams and essays. More advanced graduate students may teach a section of a lower division introductory course on their own.

In virtually every case, the appointment is offered at a fraction of a full-time appointment (what we would call 1.0 FTE, or full-time equivalent). Most appointments are either at .40 FTE or .49 FTE. Any appointment at .20 FTE or greater includes an appropriate stipend, tuition waiver, partial fee waiver, and access to health care and other benefits.

The principles governing GE appointments at the UO can be found in the UO/GTFF Bargaining Agreement available here:

Support Outside the Department

We strongly encourage students to seek outside support for research and/or stipends, both to enable higher-quality research and to support extended time in the department. The Graduate School has a funding library, informative web pages on financial support and GEs open to students from across campus, and occasionally sponsors workshops relevant to funding issues.

For additional possible funding sources, consult the Graduate School‘s funding pages: