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Carmony Graduate English Assistantship

Dr. Donald Carmony established the Carmony Graduate English Assistantship in 1993, in which one assistantship position provides financial support for a student pursuing a graduate degree in exchange for professional services to the English Department. The recipient of the assistantship will be awarded $1,000 to apply to classes. Current and prospective students can apply for the assistantship, which can be held for up to two years.


In order to apply for the assistantship, candidates must demonstrate or provide the following:

  • Good academic and social standing with the University
  • Enrollment in both Semester I and II of the following year
  • Brief statement of 8-10 sentences that explains your goals for study, interests in providing service to the English Department, and anything else you may want the English faculty to know
  • A writing sample from an undergraduate or graduate English course that is approximately 10 pages long and demonstrates your writing skills


The recipient of the Carmony Assistantship will be required to work on the English Department’s newsletter, Mouse & Nib. This is the student’s chance to get hands-on experience by determining the content, writing articles and publishing the newsletter online.

Other duties

The other duties of the Assistantship can vary, but past assistants have:

  • Worked on the Kellogg Writers Series
  • Helped coordinate writing contests
  • Supported faculty in research endeavors
  • Assisted in classes in which the student is an expert
  • Coordinated the portfolio evaluation system
  • Served as a writing tutor
  • Provided support to the English honors society, Sigma Tau Delta

Application deadline

The application deadline typically falls in June.  For more information, please contact Jennifer Camden.