The Department maintains the following lists of resources related to graduate students. For program specific inquiries, please contact the Director of Graduate Studes in German, Linguistics, or TESOL. 

General Resources

We are in the processes of updating all forms. Please check back again soon or with your graduate advisor in an emergency.

  • Travel Funding Application
  • Pre-Trip Authorization Form
  • Override Permission Slip
  • Dissertation Completion Form
  • Theses/Dissertation Approval Form
  • Guidance Comittee Form (for MA students)
  • Annual Progress Report (MA – Plan A)
  • Annual Progress Report (MA – Plan B)

Other Resources

Funding Resources for Graduate Students

Departmental Teaching Assistantships

Application Deadline: February 1, 2020 by 5pm. (Applications for academic year 2020-2021)
Note: Due to the uncertain economic and budgetary situation, there is a possibility that not all of these posted positions will be funded.

Application Procedures

Submit the following materials to the Graduate Secretary via email at talgsaal@msu.edu. Please indicate your last name in the subject line.

  1. A curriculum vitae, not to exceed 5 pages, highlighting education background, relevant courses taken, teaching experience, publications, presentations, and any special awards received.
  2. A cover sheet, which will be available soon. Please specify which courses you would like to teach.

Selected candidates may be asked to provide additional materials and/or be invited for interviews. Late applications will NOT be accepted.

German Language Courses

  • Undergraduate degree in German or the equivalent required.
  • Native or near-native fluency in German required.
  • Pre- or co-requisite: GRM 810 or ROM 803.
  • German teaching experience desirable.
  • Preference given to students enrolled in the MSU German Studies PhD program.

Japanese Language Courses

  • Native or near-native fluency in modern standard Japanese required.
  • Enrollment in MSU Linguistics PhD program preferred.
  • Foreign language teaching experience desirable.

Chinese Language Courses

  • Native or near-native fluency in modern standard Mandarin required.
  • Enrollment in MSU Linguistics PhD program preferred.
  • Foreign language teaching experience desirable.

Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts and Humanities (IAH) Courses

  • IAH 231c: Language and Society (Spring semester only)
    Enrollment in MSU Linguistics PhD program preferred.
    Completion of LIN 424, 434, 471 (or equivalents) preferred.
    Candidates must have good communication skills in English.
  • IAH 231c: Language and the Brain (Fall semester only)
    Enrollment in MSU linguistics PhD program preferred.
    Completion of LIN 424, 434, 455 or 855 (or equivalents) preferred.
    Candidates must have good communication skills in English.

Linguistics, Language and Culture Courses

  • LIN 200: Introduction to Language
    Enrollment in MSU linguistics PhD program preferred.
    Completion of LIN 424, 434, 824, 834 (or equivalents) preferred.
    Candidates must have good communication skills in English.
  • LIN 225: Language and Gender
    Enrollment in MSU linguistics PhD program preferred.
    PhD students preferred.
    Completion of LIN 424, 434, 471, 871 (or equivalents) preferred.
    Candidates must have good communication skills in English.
  • LIN 291: Language and Animals (Spring 2015)
    Enrollment in MSU linguistics PhD program preferred.
    PhD students preferred.
    Completion of LIN 424, 434, 824, 834 (or equivalents) preferred.
    Candidates must have good communication skills in English.
  • LIN 401: Introduction to Linguistics
    Enrollment in MSU linguistics PhD program preferred.
    Completion of LIN 424, 434, or equivalents required.
    Candidates must have good communication skills in English.

Teaching Assistantships outside of the Department

Funding Opportunities through MSU Graduate School 

Graduate Office Fellowship Funds
Approximately $2.1 million in Graduate Office Fellowship (GOF) funds are available through the thirteen colleges with graduate programs. The Associate Dean for Graduate Education of each college decides how these funds are dispersed. A number of different models are used. Please consult your program’s Graduate Director for more information.

The Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowships
Twenty fellowships are available annually to allow students to devote full time to writing the dissertation with the goal that the dissertation will be completed during the tenure of the fellowship. Other MSU financial support, held simultaneously with the fellowship, cannot exceed a one-quarter time assistantship or the equivalent.

Selection of fellowship winners will be made by a student’s college. The colleges will set the conditions and application procedures for the Graduate School Dissertation Fellowships and will notify the Graduate School of the winners. The Fellowship awards will be dispensed by the Graduate School. Students should contact the associate dean’s office of their college to find out their college’s procedure.