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Graduate Assistantships for Fall 2020 will be posted by early December 2019. The deadline for Fall 2020 Assistantships is February 15, 2020.

*An application to the M.S. program in Biology will automatically include consideration for a graduate assistantship. February 1st is the deadline to have a complete M.S. application.

Assistantships are awarded competitively and offer remission of all tuition and fees (except graduation fee) plus a stipend. In return, graduate/athletic assistants are ordinarily expected to work for a department or team 20 hours weekly for a full-time position or 10 hours weekly for a part-time position conducting research, teaching, or work related to the department/team. The term of the assistantship is one year and is normally renewed for a second year upon satisfactory performance, with the potential for a third year in certain programs.

Note: Positions are contingent on funding

Eligibility requirements for a graduate or athletic assistantship:
  • Acceptance into a graduate program
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 minimum
  • Expertise and experience that matches the requirements of the position
Open Positions

Graduate Assistantships for Fall 2020 will be posted by early December 2019. The deadline for Fall 2020 Assistantships is February 15, 2020.

Students interested in an Athletic Assistantship should contact individual coaches for assessment of your qualifications. If eligible, you will receive a link to the application via email. A list of the coaches and their contact information may be found here.

Application Process

Submit the Graduate Assistant Application which includes an uploaded statement of purpose and résumé.

Two letters of recommendation, students can request recommendations to be uploaded to the Graduate Assistantship Application. These letters are in addition to any letters that were submitted as part of your Program Application for Admission. Students are welcome to ask the same recommenders to write the letter, but the letters for the GA application should address how the student works as an employee.

Transcripts: If students submitted transcripts through the Program Application for Admission, these will automatically be attached to the Graduate Assistantship Application. Students applying to the Boler School of Business should request their transcripts be attached to the Graduate Assistantship Application.

It is imperative that by the February 15 deadline the applicant has also fully completed the application to a graduate studies program. This means that all application material must be received by February 15th including official transcripts, test scores, and necessary interviews, if applicable.

Selection Process

Shortly after February 15, all complete graduate assistantship applications will be forwarded to each department or office with available positions. Graduate/Athletic assistantship applications will only be reviewed if the applicant’s program application is also complete. Interviews are normally conducted as part of the selection process. Students are welcome to apply to multiple positions with one application. As departments make decisions, students will be notified about each position via status updates to their online status page.

When an offer for a graduate assistantship is made, a recommendation for appointment is submitted to the Associate Academic Vice President. Upon approval of the appointment, a contract will be offered via the student's status page. The student must sign and return the contract to complete the appointment process.

Tips for Graduate Students Seeking Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are meant to provide graduate students with opportunities to improve their skills in teaching and/or research and to offer practical experience while pursuing a graduate degree. Graduate students seeking assistantships should present themselves in the most favorable light and approach the process in the same way as applying for a job.

  • Know what each department does before applying for an assistantship. Check the department’s website and make sure you have the necessary skills to contribute to the department.
  • Read the job description carefully, keeping in mind the fit between your knowledge, skills, and abilities, and the desired qualifications of the position.
  • Customize the application materials in a way that communicates a good fit for the position.
  • Letters of recommendation should address your ability to fulfill the job requirements.
  • The contents of your application will determine whether or not you are invited for an interview.

Your statement of purpose and résumé should answer the following questions:

  • How do your interests, values, and skills fit the department’s mission, values, and needs?
  • How does your experience fit the content knowledge required for the position?
  • What strengths would help you to succeed in this position?
  • How does this position fit with your professional goals and objectives?