Graduate Assistantships

For general scholarships, visit Scholarships for Returning Students.

All graduate assistants will be selected by the Graduate Studies Committee of the School of Media and Journalism. Applications for assistantships will be handled through the Division of Research and Graduate Studies. Specific assignments will be made by Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Cheryl Ann Lambert.


Featured Fellowship

The Walton D. Clarke Fellowship

The application process is currently closed for the 2021-22 academic year.

Honoring WKSU's founder and first General Manager, Walton D. Clarke, this graduate fellowship for newly enrolled students for Fall 2021 is a collaboration between Kent State's School of Media and Journalism and WKSU, and is funded in part by generous contributors to a special endowment fund that provides a stipend to the selected student.

As a Walton D. Clarke Fellow, you will receive an intensive, real-world, hands-on professional experience in radio production and reporting. You will be part of an award-winning news operation and gain important real-world experience at a nationally recognized NPR affiliate, reporting and producing WKSU's Morning Edition as you complete a master's degree in the School of Media and Journalism.

Students interested in applying for the fellowship must be applying for enrollment for the Fall of 2021 and must do the following:

Academic Year Stipend
Full Tuition Remission
Health Insurance Credit of 70%.

Full-Time Student (8 graduate hours minimum)
Minimum of 3.0 GPA
A minimum of 20 hours a week at WKSU

Notable Walton D. Clarke Fellows:

2018-2019     Lydia Taylor
2016-2017     Michael Bratton
2013-2014     Lauren Schmoll
2012-2013     Jason Sokol
2002-2004    Mandy Jenkins 

For questions related to WKSU, please email Andrew Meyer.

For questions related to the Media and Journalism graduate program, please email Cheryl Ann Lambert.

Conditions of Appointment

  • All graduate appointees must remain in good standing in the School and be enrolled as full-time students. Non-degree and guest students are not eligible for appointments. Upon satisfactory progress toward the degree and performance of assigned duties, students may be reappointed. Appointments or reappointments, including tuition scholarships, are not automatic and are based on an evaluation by the assigned instructor.
  • All graduate appointees must be enrolled in a minimum of eight hours of course work per semester.
  • Because graduate appointments are intended to provide support to enable students to spend the maximum amount of time in pursuit of graduate studies, it is considered inappropriate for a full-time graduate appointee to be additionally employed. Graduate appointees may not hold an additional appointment at Kent State University that exceeds 20 hours per week.
  • Students who are awarded assistantships normally can expect to receive two years of support, assuming there is satisfactory progress toward the degree and in the performance of assigned duties.
  • Notification of non-reappointment will be given to students before April 1st each spring semester.

Appointment Category

Graduate Assistants: A graduate assistant assists or performs instruction, research or administrative duties beneficial to the appointee's professional development.

Selection and Reappointment Criteria

The Graduate Studies Committee will decide on appointees based on grade point average, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and statement of goals, as well as the specific needs of the School.

The Graduate Coordinator will provide students with feedback concerning their first-semester performance, so that problems may be resolved before the reappointment notification date.

Evaluation of a student's performance, progress toward the degree, grade point average, and any other information provided in the graduate assistant's performance review will be considered in the reappointment process.

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