Financial Aid

The Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University awards:

  • A variety of teaching and research application (service) assistantships to students enrolled in the master's program.
  • The Rawlinson Center's Tashjian Study Fellowship which provides support to a master's candidate who has demonstrated interest in Anglo-Saxon studies or manuscript research, typically for a summer research trip.
  • Travel grants through the institute's Conference Exchange Grant to support travel to Imbas, an interdisciplinary conference for graduate student scholars, hosted annually by the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Teaching assistantships

The Medieval Institute customarily employs teaching assistants as instructors or co-instructors of MDVL 2000: Voices of the Middle Ages, in the fall and spring semesters. Teaching assistantships are usually awarded to students in good academic standing who are continuing in the master's program. Incoming students with prior teaching experience may be awarded teaching assistantships.

Research application assistantships

The Medieval Institute customarily employs research application assistants in a variety of clerical, editorial and research capacities. Research application assistantships are awarded to exceptionally promising incoming students and to students in good academic standing who are continuing in the master's program.

Application process

All students considered for admission to the M.A. program are considered for departmental financial aid. For returning students, the deadline for applications for assistantships for the following academic year is Febuary 15. Applicants must submit:

  • A résumé listing teaching, research, publishing, marketing and clerical experience.
  • If applying for a teaching assistantship, a narrative response to the following prompt: If you have taught before, write a 700- to 1000-word essay explaining your teaching philosophy and experience. If you have not taught, write a 500-word essay in which you imagine your own approach to teaching.

Applicants must also arrange for two letters of reference from people at WMU who are familiar with their academic promise and achievement.  Those letters, which should be sent to the director of the Medieval Institute—preferably by email, should address the student's academic performance and suitability for college teaching and employment in a research or clerical position.



Assistantships are awarded at the discretion of the director of the Medieval Institute. Teaching and research application assistants are chosen for their scholarship and manifest interest in medieval studies as well as for their ability to perform the needed service.


In accordance with the Teaching Assistants Union contract, notification of awards for teaching assistantships is made by March 31 for those who will be employed the following summer session, the following fall and spring semesters, or the following fall semester and by December 1 for those who will be employed the following spring semester.

Notification of awards for research application assistantships is customarily made by March 31 for the following academic year.