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East Asian Languages and Literatures

Teaching for the Department

The EALC department offers several Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) positions in Eastern Civilizations and drill instructors in the language sequence courses.

GTA appointments may be renewed, based on performance, for up to 3 years for M.A. students, 5 years for Ph.D. students, and 6 years students who are getting both an M.A. and Ph.D. at KU.  GTAs must be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credit hours and will receive a 50% tuition waiver for a 25% appointment or a 100% tuition waiver for a 50% appointment.  A stipend corresponding the percentage of appointment will also be awarded. 

Graduate students who have completed one semester in residence at KU are eligible to apply for these whenever there are openings. Incoming students may also be considered for positions, provided they submit the requested application materials in addition to the graduate admission application and are available for an interview when positions are being filled.  Well-qualified students from outside departments, (e.g. the School of Education or the Department of Linguistics), may also apply for these positions.  Please review the General Terms and Application Considerations document for more information regarding GTA appointment terms, applicant qualifications, and application materials.

To be notified of available positions, please contact the Graduate Academic Advisor, Aley Pennington.

FLAS Fellowships

Students in the M.A. program may also be eligible for a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) » fellowship through the Center for East Asian Studies.  FLAS fellowships include:

  • Summer award - up to $5,000 for tuition and a stipend of $2,500 for living expenses for summer language study equivalent to one full year of language study
  • Academic Year award -  full KU tuition and a $15,000 stipend for living expenses for academic year study that includes two semesters of language and six credits or more of East Asian culture courses.

Students in the joint J.D./M.A. or who are also admitted to other programs are strongly encouraged to apply » for this funding.

Other Funding Opportunities

Students are also encouraged to research and apply for other funding opportunities » through the Office of Graduate Studies, as well as externally to KU.


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