Writing Center Fellows

Writing Center Fellows are Princeton undergraduate and graduate students who work one-on-one with student writers. If you’re an excellent academic writer who enjoys giving feedback to other writers, especially on macro issues such as developing an argument and organizing ideas, a position as a Writing Center Fellow may be for you. You’ll have the chance to affect students’ academic lives in positive and meaningful ways. Perhaps as important, you’ll get the chance to hone your teaching skills—and your own writing skills—as you serve the University community.

First-year students, sophomores, juniors, and all graduate students are invited to apply. We look for representation from the full range of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences and engineering. Since this is the best job on campus—not that we’re biased!—competition for positions is fierce.

Job Responsibilities

  • Participate in a series of intensive training sessions in September.
  • Attend one "launch" meeting for scheduling purposes each semester.
  • Attend monthly workshops and participate in other ongoing training activities throughout the year.
  • Work with student writers for 45 conference hours total per semester. This usually means working 3 hours per week while classes are in session, with additional hours during periods of peak demand. During a typical semester, those busy periods include Week 4, Week 6, Week 12, Reading Period, and (for Graduate Fellows) the weeks leading up to JP and Senior Thesis deadlines.
  • Complete a report after each conference for the Writing Center’s confidential records.
  • Assist with publicity efforts.

Note: Serving as a Writing Center Fellow is a serious, full-year commitment that requires dedication and time. Please consider your academic and extracurricular commitments before applying.

Pay Rates

Undergraduates: The position is at the "Tutor/Manager" level on the undergraduate pay scale ($16/hour).
Graduate Students: The position is compensated at the rate of $20/hour.

All time spent on the Writing Center responsibilities outlined above, including attending workshops and meetings, is compensated at these rates.

Application Process

The application process for Fall 2022 positions for undergraduate students has closed.

Applications from graduate students for Fall 2022 positions will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Monday, August 15.

Please note that we strongly encourage all applicants to use the Writing Center before applying to become a Fellow.

Your application should consist of a completed application form with the following attached:

  1. Your resume or c.v.
  2. A copy of your internal transcript from TigerHub (unofficial version as a pdf).
  3. A completed diagnostic exercise, based on this sample student paper.
  4. An abstract for the academic paper you've written that you are most proud of, which details the central research question, the methodology employed, and the primary original contributions/findings.
  5. A 1-2 page cover letter addressed to Members of the Hiring Committee in which you:
    • discuss the elements of academic writing which you struggle with the most and which you have a good handle on.
    • reflect on how you hope to continue growing as a writer in the coming months/years.
    • articulate the process you engaged in to write the paper you are most proud of.  
    • draw on concrete experiences using the Writing Center and/or doing similar work to devise your
    • own analogy for what you think being a Writing Center Fellow is or would be like (feel free to be creative here!).
    • reflect on the diagnostic exercise you completed based on the sample student paper above. 

Questions? Contact writing.center@princeton.edu.