Financial Assistance

Although several types of financial assistance are available from Auburn University and from Auburn University's Graduate School, the primary source of funding for qualified MTPC students is a graduate teaching assistantship from the English Department. In addition, recently, rather than teaching assistantships, some students have been awarded graduate assistantships as editors, writers, and web developers for departments other than English. 

Graduate teaching assistantships are competitive. They are normally renewable, given satisfactory academic progress and teaching evaluations. However, no appointment may exceed two academic years. These assistantships provide students with a nine-month salary (approximately $14,500) plus a tuition waiver.

Nonnative speakers who qualify as teaching assistants must demonstrate competency in spoken English by scoring at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper version (pBT), 213 on the computer version (cBT), or 79 on the internet version (iBT).  Additionally, successful applicants must score minimums of 16 on the listening, reading, speaking, and writing components of the iBT. Auburn will also accept a minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.

It is also possible to find hourly employment on campus.  Although the MTPC faculty commends graduate students for getting all the technical communication experience they can at Auburn, we are concerned that too many work hours will diminish the academic benefits offered by the MTPC program.  Please consult with your advisor before taking on any additional work on or off campus.  Students holding a regular GTA appointment in the English Department may work no greater than 5 hours per week in other paid university positions. 

The Department of English Fellowship for Technical and Professional Communication

The Department of English Fellowship for Technical and Professional Communication is awarded to a first-year (entering) MTPC student with strong potential for contributing to the intellectual life, diversity, and quality of the department. The recipient of the fellowship is selected by the chair of the Department of English  based on the recommendation of the Technical and Professional Communication faculty. In reaching a decision, the faculty seek evidence of such potential for excellence in the candidate’s GRE scores, academic background and professional experience, writing samples, and recommendations.

The Betty Travis Naugle Academic Award for Technical and Professional Communication

The Betty Travis Naugle Academic Award for Technical and Professional Communication in the College of Liberal Arts may be awarded each academic year to a current Auburn University MTPC student who has demonstrated a commitment to pursuing a career in technical and professional communication or a commitment to the teaching of technical and professional communication, and has

  • taken at least one Auburn University 6000- or 7000-level course in technical and professional communication,
  • demonstrated academic excellence,
  • enrolled officially in at least one 6000- or 7000-level course in technical and professional communication during the academic year in which the fellowship is received.

The fellowship is for one academic year. The recipient is selected by the chair of the Department of English  based on the recommendation of the Technical and Professional Communication faculty.

The Dr. Donald H. Cunningham Scholarship in Technical and Professional Communication

The Dr. Donald H. Cunningham Scholarship in Technical and Professional Communication sponsored by the Birmingham, Alabama, Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication may be awarded to a current Auburn University graduate student who is enrolled full time as an MTPC student. The award is for one academic year. The recipient is selected by the Technical and Professional Communication faculty.

Qualified students may apply for university-level fellowships and scholarships and scholarships from other sources.

For more information about graduate teaching assistantships and graduate assistantships, please contact mtpc@auburn.edu. For information about other university-based financial aid, please contact the Graduate School.

For information about Society for Technical Communication scholarships, visit the Society’s website: www.stc.org.

Last Updated: September 03, 2013