Apply by Friday May 24, 2024

English Language Programs in WashU School of Continuing & Professional Studies (CAPS) is offering two TESOL Writing Fellowships designed to contribute to fellows’ professional development while also supporting their own dissertation efforts. This opportunity is open to all Washington University in St. Louis doctoral students in their fourth, fifth, and sixth years.

Fellows will receive training and experience in mentoring non-native speakers of English in their academic writing, learn about research-driven English language supports for multilingual students, and have the chance to collaborate to develop high-quality co-curricular and curricular English language supports for multilingual students and scholars. Fellows will also develop competencies to transfer these specialized skills into various classroom and mentoring experiences. Fellows may have the opportunity to conduct a one-on-one writing tutorial in the second semester of their training. Work completed through this fellowship will be supervised by Katie Blackburn Brown, Program Manager for English Language Programs in CAPS, requiring a commitment of approximately six hours per week.

Dissertation Support:

While English Language Programs is offering this fellowship as a way to provide training and experience useful on the job market, we are ultimately interested in supporting fellows’ dissertation progress.  To that end, all selected fellows will receive individual and group writing support with English Language Programs and in collaboration with the Writing Center.

Duration & Location:

Fellowship responsibilities begin July 1, 2024, and end May 16, 2025. This fellowship will be conducted with all tasks, communications, and meetings taking place in both virtual and physical spaces (in alignment with University policies and guidance), meaning residency in St. Louis is necessary for success in this role.

Time commitment:

Approximately 6 hours per week, including a weekly group meeting for training and dissertation support purposes.  Weekly hours will be flexible to accommodate fellows’ departmental and dissertation-related responsibilities.




  • Current doctoral student at Washington University in St. Louis in their final years of study (4+, usually nearing ABD status)
  • Excellent writing and interpersonal skills
  • Interest in learning about and supporting the work of creating high-quality English resources for advanced students
  • Enthusiasm for discussing academic writing and helping others


To apply, please email Katie Blackburn Brown ( with the following materials as a single .pdf attachment:

  1. A Cover Letter that includes:
    1. Your current progress, research interest(s), and plans toward dissertation
    2. Your prior and planned involvement in the University (e.g., on committees, etc.)
    3. Your experiences that may be relevant (although prior experience working with multilingual scholars or teaching English is not required)
    4. Your desired outcomes from this fellowship
  2. A CV
  3. Two References (name and email address), one of whom must be your dissertation director
  4. A Writing Sample of 5 – 8 pages

The deadline to apply is May 24.  Interviews will take place in May/early June 2024 and decisions will be communicated by June 17.