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Graduate and Teaching Assistantship Requirements

Students within their first five years of study are usually appointed as a graduate teaching assistant (for details on requirements for teaching at Northwestern, visit our Policy section). Students in their sixth year are appointed by their department to a graduate/teaching assistantship if they have received external funding within their first five years of study and/or there is a specific teaching need approved by their school and The Graduate School (TGS).

In addition to reviewing the Regulations Governing Recipients of University Assistance, international PhD and MFA students whose primary language is not English are required to fulfill The Graduate School’s spoken English proficiency requirement before being appointed as graduate or teaching assistants. Students may fulfill this requirement in one of 4 ways: