Graduate Assistantship

John Lynch lynch_j at VANUATU.USP.AC.FJ
Mon Dec 6 22:08:16 UTC 1999

The University of the South Pacific


The University recognises the need to provide opportunities for well
qualified students to pursue postgraduate studies and to contribute to
research that would benefit the University and the region.  As one way
of furthering this goal, the University offers a Graduate Assistantship
Scholarship in the Department of Literature and Language, starting in
semester 1, 2000.  This will provide an opportunity for conducting
research and presenting a thesis on the structure, history, literature
or orature of a vernacular language of the USP region.			

Applicants must be citizens of one of the member countries of the
University of the South Pacific.

The Graduate Assistant will be required to register for full-time
postgraduate studies in linguistics or literature.  The appointee will
also provide tutorial, marking and course writing support for the
department, assistance in departmental research and perform other
associated duties assigned by the Head of Department.  Depending on the
Department's needs and, to an extent, the appointee's interests, the
appointment will be held either on the Emalus Campus, Vanuatu, or on the
Laucala Campus, Fiji.

Tutorials, support for departmental research and other associated
activities, excluding the time for marking assignments and tests,
normally occupy some eight hours per week.  Graduate Assistants are free
outside of these official duties to pursue their studies and research.

Applicants should have, or be completing, a Bachelors degree with a
relevant major, with a grade point average of close to 4.0 (or "A"), or
better.  If they are currently USP students then they must expect to
graduate in the December 1999 graduation ceremony.

Benefits include:

	Cost of tuition (paid for by the University)
	Non-taxable living allowance
	Book allowance
	Grant of up to F$3000 for research & associated travel (this is
payable progressively upon commencement of approved research).
	Return airfares (for appointee only) for those from outside of
Fiji or Vanuatu.

The term of the Graduate Assistantship will be for two years with
progression beyond the first year being subject to satisfactory

Letters of application must include (a) the applicant's curriculum
vitae, (b) names and addresses and fax contacts of three referees, (c)
date of availability for the position, (d) a possible research topic and
(e) a transcript of university course taken and grades achieved; in the
case of former USP students, the applicant's USP ID number or USP
registration name must be supplied.

Applicants should ask their referees to send confidential reports on
them to the Deputy Registrar as they lodge their applications.

Letters of application must be sent to the Deputy Registrar, the
University of the South Pacific, Suva, to be received no later than 31
December 1999.

Formal application forms for postgraduate studies will be sent to
successful applicants.
Further information may be obtained from the Head of Department, Dr.
Patrick Griffiths, on fax (679) 305053 or phone (679) 212314, or email
griffiths_p at


John Lynch
Pro-Vice Chancellor, Emalus Campus
University of the South Pacific
PMB 072
Port Vila. VANUATU.

Phone:	+ (678) 22748
Fax:	+ (678) 22633
Email:	lynch_j at

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