Graduate Assistant and Graduate Student

Michigan State University

About the organization

The Michigan State University Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (MA TESOL) Program has up to four Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantships (GAships) for fully-funded MA TESOL degrees. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers are highly sought for the GAships. The position starts August 16, 2024, with two years of funding (August 16, 2024 - May 15, 2026), and graduation expected in May of 2026. FYI: All RPCVs receive in-state tuition at Michigan State University, even if they are not funded on a GAship. When on a GAship, tuition is waived, and the student receives annual health insurance and stipends (approximately 20-22K per academic year) for living expenses during the academic year. MA TESOL students are eligible for summer fellowships, summer internships, and fellowships for summer research abroad.


Graduate Assistants (either Teaching or Research Assistants) work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year in exchange for full tuition waivers, health insurance, and a monthly stipend during the academic year. Teaching Assistants in the MA TESOL Program commonly teach English as a Second Language (ESL) within the MSU English Language Center, which is wherein international students who are provisionally admitted to the university study English before or while entered into a degree program at MSU. Research Assistants assist faculty with second language acquisition, applied linguistics, or TESOL research and/or curriculum development.


BA or BS in a language-related field, or in fields that have to do with psychology, culture, advocacy, social science, cognitive science, statistics, education, global studies, international relations, philosophy, math, political science, economics, or English or literacy-based studies.


20-22K during the 9-month academic year, plus tuition waiver and health insurance

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

The Michigan State University MA TESOL Program is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2024 cohort with full funding (tuition waivers, academic year stipends, health insurance) as a Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant. RPCVs are highly sought for these fully-funded Assistantship positions. Applications must be complete and received in full (including letters of recommendations, test score(s), and official transcripts) by December 8, 2023. If you have questions about admissions, please email the MA TESOL Program Director, Dr. Peter De Costa ([email protected]). Dr. De Costa is able to provide test waivers: if you need one, you may ask him. You are welcome and encouraged to also email any of the faculty to ask questions about their research and teaching agendas ( An RPCV on the faculty is Prof. Paula Winke ([email protected]), and you are encouraged to email her to ask about these MA TESOL Graduate Assistantship positions if you would like f

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