Assistantships and Tuition Remission

Four years of funding as a graduate assistant are available for qualified doctoral students. Assistantships come with health benefits and membership in the Rutgers University AAUP-AFT union.

Assistantship assignments are determined semesterly by the Program Director in conjunction with the student to deepen their content knowledge, learn and practice teaching and research skills, and facilitate timely completion of exams and dissertations.

If selected, you will serve either as a:

Teaching assistant (TA)

  • In this capacity, you will work with an instructor to construct and teach their course. Duties could include grading assignments, leading discussion sections, and delivering a lecture among others.
  • An assignment as a TA could also lead to the opportunity to teach your own class under the supervision of the Director of American Studies.

Graduate assistant (GA)

  • As a GA you will work with an individual faculty member, University center, or local Newark partner institution and be given a set of specified duties and learning outcomes stemming from that work that relate to your degree and career path.
  • Our graduate assistants often work with the Queer Newark Oral History Project, Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, the Humanities Action Lab, and many others.


Tuition remission is available for qualified MA and part-time PhD students.


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Internal Fellowships

RU Presidential Fellowship: A fellowship offered to exceptional candidates who have been nominated by their program for funding.

External Fellowships

PAGE Fellows, Imagining America: PAGE (Publicly Active Graduate Education) is Imagining America’s network for publicly engaged graduate students in humanities, arts, and design. PAGE enhances the theoretical and practical frameworks for public engagement; fosters a national, interdisciplinary community of peers and veteran scholars; and creates opportunities for collaborative knowledge production.

Smithsonian Fellowships: The Smithsonian has a wide array of fellowships available.