Assistantships and Fellowships

The UNCG Graduate School offers a limited number of fellowships to students with high GPAs and GRE scores. These are campus-wide awards and are quite competitive, and can range up to $20,000 per academic year plus tuition waivers and health insurance. There is no work assignment for students on Fellowship. Students must be nominated by our faculty in order to be considered for these awards.
The deadline for fellowship consideration is February 1st. For additional information, please contact the appropriate departmental Director of Graduate studies:

  • B. J. Sullivan (Dance)

Interested students must be fully admitted to UNCG and have completed the application and audition process by Saturday, February 24, 2018.


Interested applicants should complete the Graduate Assistantship in Dance Application Form (B).

Selection Criteria

Assistants must meet admission standards for full acceptance in a master’s degree program. Successful applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA in previous undergraduate and/or graduate studies. Normally, assistantships are granted only to the most outstanding applicants. Since all assistants are required to fulfill a particular role in the department, evidence of experience and expertise is expected in one or more of the areas indicated on the graduate assistantship application form.

While TAs are generally awarded to excellent students, they are not necessarily given to those with the most teaching experience. Little teaching is done the first year, and we mentor teaching through DCE 661: Pedagogy in Higher Education, DCE 662: Teaching Practicum, and through experience teaching Dance Appreciation. Assignments to teach particular classes are based on experience and ability, but most graduate assistants have other assigned duties in addition to teaching.

Students who are not awarded Teaching Assistantship may also take DCE 661 and 662 to gain teaching experience.
Distance students are not eligible for assistantships.


Applicants will be officially notified by the Graduate School if they are to be appointed as Graduate Assistants. Unofficial phone calls will be made by the graduate coordinator to confirm interest and the nature of the appointments before recommendations are forwarded to the Graduate School. Applicants not selected will be notified in writing. The notification process is usually completed by April.


Graduate Assistants in Dance may teach two 3-credit lecture courses, three 1-credit technique courses, or a combination of these. Often the teaching load is reduced and other assignments in the department are made, such as production support, administrative duties or faculty research assistance. Non-teaching assignments are based on 20 hours per week as a full load. For example, a graduate student teaching one 3-credit course would be assigned 9-10 hours of additional duties per week. All assignments are made by the department head. Graduate Assistants are considered half-time faculty, and are expected to carry a full course load of 6-10 semester hours. Graduate Assistants must complete DCE 661 in the first year of their assistantship. Outside employment while holding an assistantship is forbidden by the Graduate School.