How to Apply

Applications for 2024-2025 TA positions are now CLOSED!

Any TA opportunities that arise mid-year that we need to post externally will appear on Handshake.

TA Eligibility

Chinese language TA positions are open only to Department of Asian Languages and Literature graduate students (including those applying to, accepted by, or currently enrolled in the department).

For Japanese and Korean TA positions, all graduate students applying to, accepted by, or currently enrolled in the University of Washington are eligible to apply. Strong preference is given to graduate students in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature.

Please note that undergraduate students are not eligible for teaching assistant positions in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature. Interested undergraduates should consider taking our internship class, ASIAN 491.

Submission Instructions

All applicants must submit the following documents. All documents (except teaching materials you include in Records of Past Teaching Experience) must be in English. Please prepare, save, and combine all documents (except the online application) in a single PDF file. If you don't have Adobe Acrobat, you can use their online merge tool to combine PDFs. Send the merged document PDF to

  • Teaching Assistant Application (online form) 
  • Cover Letter (one page limit) explaining your qualifications, addressed to the Department Chair
  • CV or resume Be sure to include information about any past teaching experience or relevant coursework.
  • Most recent Unofficial Academic Transcript (available on MyUW for current UW students)
  • Records of Past Teaching Experience (optional), such as course syllabi, student or supervisor evaluations, etc.

If you are currently a student at UW (not necessary for prospective students), please also submit the following:

If you have never taught in the UW Asian Languages and Literature department before, please also submit the following:

  • One recent Letter of Recommendation from a faculty adviser, supervisor, employer, or teacher. The letter must be in English and should be sent directly to by the recommender. Prospective Asian L&L department students may choose a letter of recommendation from their graduate admissions application to use for the TA Application by noting the recommender you have selected in your online TA application form, Section 3.

Finally, please note the following program-specific requirement:

  • Korean language applicants are required to submit a video recording URL from YouTube in their Teaching Assistant Application. Click here for instructions.


For priority consideration, all application materials must be submitted no later than the application deadline of January 15, 2024. Late applications may be considered for our alternate pool.

After an initial screening process, programs may in some cases additionally require an interview, in person or via video conference call, with applicants under consideration. If an interview is requested, you will be contacted via the email address used to submit the application.

If you have questions, contact the Academic Counselor Kirk L. Van Scoyoc at

Application Forms