Applicants who wish to be considered for a graduate assistantship in the Department of Philosophy at Western Michigan University must, in addition to applying to the program, submit three letters of recommendation and a writing sample directly to the department.
Preferably, applicants should collect letters of recommendation (with the letter writer's signature across the envelope seal) and mail them together to the Department of Philosophy, along with a waiver form for each letter to:
Department of Philosophy
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5328
Historically, most full-time students accepted into the Department of Philosophy program at Western Michigan University have received financial aid through graduate assistantships.
- $25,801 for out-of-state graduate assistants
- $18,294 for in-state graduate assistants
These amounts are allocated as:
- Stipend: $11,580
- Tuition scholarship (waver) for six credits: $14,221 for out-of-state or $6,714 for in-state. The tuition scholarship is applicable only toward registered program hours. Additional credit hours taken by the student over those covered by the tuition scholarship will be paid out of the stipend. Further tuition expenses and fees are the responsibility of the student.
Graduate assistant appointment awards are contingent upon the following conditions:
- Satisfactory completion of 12 graduate credit hours during the academic year
- Maintaining a program grade point average of 3.0 or higher
- Completing 600 hours of service activities as assigned, averaging 20 hours per week for weeks classes are in session over the course of the award
- Adherence to all University policies, regulations, directives, guidelines and student codes
In their first year, most graduate assistants in the Department of Philosophy are assigned to assist professors teaching large classes, perhaps including leading discussion sections. Beginning in the summer sessions and through their second year, most have responsibility for teaching classes on their own with the guidance of a faculty mentor. Some graduate assistants may alternatively be assigned to provide research assistance.
Heraclitean Society Essay Prize
Philosophy graduate students, both graduate assistants and non-graduate assistants, may compete for the Heraclitean Society Essay Prize. The award is currently $1,000, and often divided between two or more winners.