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Scholarships & Financial Support for Graduate Linguistics Students

Conditions for Department Support

The Linguistics Department has financial support awards available to master’s students in the form of Tuition Scholarships, Graduate Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships. Such support is awarded on a competitive basis. International students are eligible if they can demonstrate sufficient English proficiency to perform the duties that go along with the support; for Teaching Assistantships a score of 21 or above on the speaking section internet-based TOEFL is sufficient. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 to remain eligible for financial support.

Students admitted into the Linguistics M.A. program may apply for the following types of financial aid:

  1. Graduate Recruitment Scholarship--A full tuition scholarship (waiver of the General Fee and Non-resident Surcharge) with no stipend, which requires the student to work five hours per week in the department;
  2. Graduate Assistantship--A graduate assistantship that comes with a full tuition waiver (waiver of the General Fee and Non-resident Surcharge), and a stipend of approximately $5,500 per semester. A student with a graduate assistantship is required to work 12 hours per week assisting faculty or staff with their research and administrative duties;
  3. Teaching Assistantship--A teaching assistantship that comes with a full tuition scholarship (waiver of the General Fee and Non-resident Surcharge), and a stipend of approximately $6,500 per semester. This type of financial aid is reserved for persons who can teach undergraduate linguistics, adult academic ESL in OPIE, advanced academic English in ELIP, or one of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Swahili; 
  4. International students may find teaching assistantships in Southeast Asian and African language courses. For more information, please contact the Center for International Studies.

Applicants interested in financial aid are strongly advised to submit their application materials by early February because the assessment of submitted materials could take a couple of weeks, and the offering of financial aid starts in late February. There is no deadline for applying for Fall admission, but the chances for financial aid will decrease rapidly after March. The department admits approximately 15 students each Fall. Students who begin their study in Spring or Summer can apply for the following academic year’s financial aid.

For more information about graduate studies at Ohio University, including applications for admission and financial aid, refer to the Graduate College. The Graduate College maintains general information on Tuition and Fees, including the total estimated expenses for international students.

Graduate Scholarships Available for 2020-21

The Linguistics Department expects the following financial aid positions to be available for the academic year 2020-21. Recipients must be accepted into the M.A. in Applied Linguistics program to receive these scholarships.

Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (TA)

Full tuition waiver for fall and spring semesters with $6,500 stipend per semester.

  • Chinese—1 position   
  • Swahili—1 position

Description: Language Teaching Assistants teach introductory communicative foreign language skills to undergraduate students. A foreign language TA  is expected to work 15 hours each week.

Responsibilities:

  • Teach one foreign language class 3 times a week.
  • Prepare for class, assign and grade homework, make and grade quizzes and exams, and give final course grades.
  • Help students out of class, including, but not limited to, during two office hours each week.
  • Organize cultural functions for language students in association with international student organizations on campus.
  • Participate in the respective language program’s weekly curricular meetings.

Qualifications:

  • Accepted into the M.A. in Applied Linguistics program
  • Native or near-native speaker language proficiency
  • Previous language teaching experience especially at the university level preferred.

English Language Improvement Program Graduate Assistant

ELIP Graduate Assistant (GA) position for first-year transitioning to Teaching Assistant (TA) position for second year: Full tuition waiver for fall and spring semesters with $5,500 stipend per semester during the first year (additional hourly funding available) and $6,500 stipend per semester during the second year

Description: Graduate Assistants (GAs) are in training to become a second-year Teaching Assistant (TA) for the ELIP Academic & Global Communication Program in a writing course for international and multilingual undergraduate English speaking students (ENG D160). As such, this first-year GA position focuses on understanding students’ writing needs.

Responsibilities:

  • Work as a tutor in the ELIP Undergraduate Writing Lab.
  • Assist in research on this student population’s writing and on best practices in teaching writing at this level.
  • Observe ENG D160 and meet regularly regarding class content, assignments, grading, etc.
  • Attend ELIP faculty meetings as appropriate.

 

Qualifications:

  • Accepted into the M.A. Linguistics program
  • At least one year supervised teaching experience in the United States or internationally  
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching  preferably with experience teaching writing and reading to non-native English speakers 
  • Evidence of sophisticated academic writing ability 
  • Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural skills  
  • Collegial, professional demeanor 
  • Proficiency in or experience studying a second language preferred
  • International travel or overseas living experience preferred

English Language Improvement Program Assistant Coordinator

Assistant Coordinator: The ELIP Online Certificate Programs: The position comes with a tuition waiver (GRS) for fall and spring semesters which requires five hours per week of work, plus approximately $1,700 per semester of hourly pay on top of the GRS work requirement

Description: The Assistant Coordinator of the ELIP Online Certificate Programs works collaboratively with the coordinator and Online Discussion Board Moderators to provide the most effective learning experience for students in our international online certificate programs.

Responsibilities:

  • Working closely with the Coordinator
  • Training online moderators
  • Assessing online moderator performance
  • Moderating online discussion boards
  • Assisting in managing and maintaining online platforms
  • Assisting in developing, evaluating, and revising course materials

Qualifications:

  • Accepted into the M.A. in Applied Linguistics program
  • Experience in English language teaching
  • Highly-advanced oral and written communication abilities
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Google applications
  • Experience with online discussion boards
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural communication skills
  • Collegial, professional demeanor

English Language Improvement Program Presentation Lab Tutor

Presentation Lab Tutor in the ELIP Presentation Lab: The position comes with a tuition waiver (GRS) for fall and spring semesters which requires five hours per week of work, plus approximately $1,700 per semester of hourly pay on top of the GRS work requirement.

Description: Tutors in the ELIP Presentation Lab work collaboratively to provide the most effective tutoring experience for domestic and international undergraduate and graduate students at Ohio University. Our primary mission is to help students improve their professional presentation skills and spoken English intelligibility. Tutors work on a one-to-one basis with students, helping them to develop various strategies and techniques related to oral communication and professional presentations. 

Responsibilities:

  • Tutoring domestic and international undergraduate and/or graduate students
  • Working closely with the Assistant Coordinator and Coordinator
  • Attending meetings and workshops
  • Engaging in professional development activities

Qualifications:

  • Accepted into the M.A. in Applied Linguistics program
  • Highly-advanced oral communication abilities
  • Ability to assess pronunciation and oral communication abilities and provide effective feedback
  • Knowledge of English phonology (preferred)
  • Experience in tutoring/teaching English oral communication
  • Interest in working with undergraduate and/or graduate students from diverse linguistic, cultural, educational, and disciplinary backgrounds
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural communication skills
  • Collegial, professional demeanor

English Language Improvement Program Writing & Reading Tutor

Writing & Reading Tutor in the ELIP Writing & Critical Reading Labs: The position comes with a tuition waiver (GRS) for fall and spring semesters which requires five hours per week of work, plus approximately $1,500 per semester of hourly pay on top of the GRS work requirement

Description: Tutors in the ELIP Writing & Critical Reading Labs work collaboratively to provide the most effective tutoring experience for domestic and international undergraduate and graduate students at Ohio University. The primary mission is to support ELIP students, and Ohio University students in general, wishing to improve their academic literacy abilities and to become effective academic and professional readers and writers. Tutors work on a one-to-one basis with students, helping them to develop various strategies and techniques related to their writing and reading endeavors. 

Responsibilities:

  • Tutoring domestic and international undergraduate and/or graduate students
  • Working closely with the Assistant Coordinator(s) and Coordinator
  • Attending meetings and workshops
  • Engaging in professional development activities

Qualifications:

  • Highly-advanced academic writing and reading abilities
  • Ability to assess writing and reading and provide effective feedback
  • Interest in working with undergraduate and/or graduate students from diverse linguistic, cultural, educational, and disciplinary backgrounds
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural communication skills
  • Collegial, professional demeanor

English Language Improvement Program Online Course E-tutor

Online Course E-tutor in the ELIP Online Certificate Programs: The position comes with a tuition waiver (GRS) for fall and spring semesters which requires five hours per week of work, plus approximately $1,500 per semester of hourly pay on top of the GRS work requirement

Description: The Online Course E-tutor works closely with the Coordinator of Online Certificate Programs, along with the Assistant Coordinator of Online Certificate Programs. The Online Course E-tutor’s responsibilities include attending e-tutor training sessions, assisting the Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator with creating online assignment prompts, and providing feedback to EFL/ESL students’ written and spoken assignments.

Responsibilities:

  • Watching online lecture videos to familiarize oneself with the content of online courses offered in the international partner universities
  • Assisting with creating online assignment prompts
  • Attending e-tutor training sessions
  • Providing feedback to students’ written and spoken assignments (students are enrolled in international online courses)

Qualifications:

  • Must have experience in language teaching (including first and second language teaching).
  • Must have strong spoken and written professional communication skills in English.
  • Must be familiar with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Google applications.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in teaching online

English Language Improvement Program Assistant Online Course Designer

Assistant Online Course Designer: The position comes with a tuition waiver (GRS) for fall and spring semesters which requires five hours per week of work, plus approximately $1,500 per semester of hourly pay on top of the GRS work requirement

Description: The Assistant Online Course Designer works closely with the coordinator for online certificate programs, along with the course designers. The Assistant Online Course Designer’s responsibilities include assisting the coordinator and course designers with developing online course content, recording and editing video lectures, and organizing materials in the learning management system.

Detailed responsibilities:

  • Assisting with writing video lecture scripts, activities, and other course contents
  • Researching resources and synthetizing them to produce video lectures and activities
  • Inputting course materials to the learning management system (LMS) and edit LMS settings
  • Assisting with video lecture recording and editing raw footage, and adding visual design to edited video lectures
  • Organizing digital files in cloud file storage
  • Reviewing completed lecture videos for errors

Qualifications:

  • Must have experience in language teaching (including first and second language teaching).
  • Must have strong spoken and written professional communication skills in English.
  • Must be familiar with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Google applications, cloud file storage such as Google Drive or One Drive.
  • Must have strong digital file organization skills and time management skills.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in video recording and editing
  • Experience in Camtasia

English Language Improvement Program Assistant TESOL Endorsement / TEFL Certificate Coordinator

Assistant TESOL Endorsement / TEFL Certificate Coordinator: The position comes with a tuition waiver (GRS) for fall and spring semesters which requires five hours per week of work, plus approximately $1,500 per semester of hourly pay on top of the GRS work requirement

Description: The Assistant TESOL Endorsement/TEFL Certificate Coordinator works closely with the director of the ELIP Academic & Global Communication Program. The Assistant Coordinator’s responsibilities include answering questions via email from potential students, reviewing applications, and maintaining records for accreditation.

Detailed responsibilities:

  • Assisting with emails and phone queries.
  • Ensuring that students have information they need to register for courses.
  • Maintaining student records with enrollment.
  • Distributing online surveys to students regarding program satisfaction.

Qualifications:

  • Detail oriented with strong professional communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, including Excel
  • Strong digital file organization skills and time management skills

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience teaching in K-12 settings in either the United States or internationally

Contact Us

Contact Dr. Hiro Oshita. For full consideration, an application should be complete by March 1 for admission in the following fall semester.

Dr. Hiroyuki Oshita
Graduate Chair in Linguistics
Gordy 373
oshita@ohio.edu
740-593-4570 (office)
740-593-4564 (department)
fax: 740-593-2967