Types of Assistantships

Purpose & Overview
Types of Assistantships
Eligibility
Application Process
Hiring a Graduate Assistant
Evaluation Process

Depending on the needs of the academic and academic support units within the university, available university funds, and the qualifications of the individual graduate student, the following types of assistantships are offered:

Graduate Administrative Assistant (GAA)

Scholarship: 6-9 graduate semester hours of tuition and the general university fee (maximum of $4,100)

Stipend: ~$2,080 paid in 4 monthly installments over the course of a fall or spring semester, or paid in 3 monthly installments over the course of a summer semester

Job Description: A Graduate Administrative Assistant (GAA) assists administrative staff with collecting, organizing, and analyzing various types of data or information. GAAs must also assist with special projects and other duties assigned by the unit’s supervisor and/or appropriate faculty and/or staff. Ideally, GAAs will work in an academic area or unit related to their field of study in order to gain greater exposure to and experience in that field.

Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)

Scholarship: 6-9 graduate semester hours of tuition and the general university fee (maximum of $4,100)

Stipend: ~$2,080 paid in 4 monthly installments over the course of a fall or spring semester, or paid in 3 monthly installments over the course of a summer semester

Job Description: A Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) assists a faculty member or members with academic research that may involve data collection and analysis, lab and field experiments, computer programming, preparation of reports or presentations, or other comparable duties.

Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA)

Scholarship: 6-9 graduate semester hours of tuition and the general university fee (maximum of $4,100)

Stipend: $4,000 paid in 4 monthly installments over the course of a fall or spring semester, or paid in 3 monthly installments over the course of a summer semester

Job Description: A Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) assists faculty by teaching lower level courses or labs; developing teaching materials; and preparing and grading examinations, papers, or other student work. The GTAs must be assigned to and responsible for teaching a credit-bearing course and will be under the supervision of a faculty member experienced in the teaching field. A GTA’s work with students will be closely supervised and must provide opportunities to gain teaching skills and a better grasp of the academic discipline. The supervising faculty member is responsible for overseeing the assignment of all grades to students in the courses.