Starting in Fall 2024, 5 years of funding as a GA/TA are available for qualified doctoral students. Assistantships come with health benefits and membership in the bargaining unit of 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. 


Internal Fellowships


External Fellowships


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