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Graduate assistantships give students opportunities for professional experience, academic training, and financial support while pursuing advanced degrees. Recipients of graduate assistantships may qualify for additional funding through competitive fellowship awards. Academic programs may differentiate graduate teaching assistantship stipends by graduate student status Within academic programs and within each level of differentiation, stipends should be equivalent. Academic programs decide whether the research activities required as part of the graduate research assistantship is directly related to the student’s academic program. Other graduate assistantships provide stipends for students who assist in academic or nonacademic program activities 10-20 hours per week. Most students with graduate assistantships obtain them through their academic programs.

Assistantships Fellowships

The Economics Graduate Program offers financial awards to qualified doctoral students in the form of teaching assistantships, research assistantships and, occasionally, fellowships. Students with teaching assistantship, research assistantship or fellowship are eligible for the Graduate Student Support Plan The GSSP provides health insurance and payment of tuition for a limited number of semesters. Graduate Program in Economics policy on academic standing and retention of funding. New doctoral applicants are considered competitively for a limited number of teaching and research assistantships. These assistantships are usually half-time, carry a stipend, and are typically awarded for the 9-month academic year Grant funded research assistantships are available.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

The assistantships require an average of 15 hours of service each week and provide a stipend and graduate tuition waiver each semester There is no other application process for graduate assistantships. The availability of these awards is dependent on the nature and amount of externally-sponsored research activity in the College of Design and the background and experience of the applicants relative to the research being conducted.


Applicants for graduate assistantships must demonstrate promise, particularly in their work for the B.A. degree. Decisions on the awarding of assistantships are made by the department’s Graduate Committee. Appointments to assistantships are normally made for one year, with renewal based on satisfactory performance. In cases of demonstrated incompetence and or malfeasance, as judged by the Graduate Committee, the department may discontinue an assistantship after a single semester. Assistantships may also be granted under particular conditions, such as for a single semester due to budgetary limitations. Other Types of AssistantshipsOn rare occasions the department is able to award assistantships paid for by agencies outside the department or university. Normally, such assistantships require research work done for the agencies or organizations providing the stipend.

Amount: $14489
UT College of Liberal Arts

These fellowships are occasionally combined with an additional year of support through a Teaching Assistantship or Graduate Research Assistantship. The small number of assistantships available is seldom offered to first-year students, but many graduate students receive teaching assistantships after demonstrating academic promise. The department also offers a limited number of graduate research assistantships. There are several types of diversity fellowship awards. All full diversity fellowship awards include a stipend of $16,000 for nine months, health insurance assistance to help defray the costs of health insurance, and a tuition assistance benefit towards required tuition and fees. Approximately 100 major diversity recruiting fellowship awards are made annually.

Amount: $28145
Disbursement Information for 2018-2019

Awards for fellowships and research assistantships are made on a semi-monthly basis. These payments are made separately from fellowships and research assistantships. Disbursement Schedule for Fellowships and Research Assistantships. The full fellowship or research assistantship award will be divided evenly over the disbursement schedule. Fellowship awards in combination with part-time adjunct instructor compensation: If applicant are receiving a fellowship at the same time applicant are teaching, applicant will receive two separate checks or direct deposits, one for the fellowship and the other for teaching. The Direct Deposit Program is available to students receiving fellowships or research assistantships, as well as compensation as part-time adjunct instructors. Continuing students must update their GLACIER record if they switch between fellowship, assistantship or adjunct appointments.

Amount: $16746

The majority of the university Ph.D. students and second-year M.A. students receive funding through Teaching Assistantships, drastically reducing tuition costs, while also providing students a reasonable stipend and valuable teaching experience. Ph.D. students can expect to receive five years of funding through assistantships, assuming they perform well and are making sufficient progress toward degree completion. Second-year M.A. students are eligible to be considered for Teaching Assistantships. Teaching Assistantships reduce tuition to a mere $25 a semester, though students must pay university fees. A small number of the university newly admitted Ph.D. students may be awarded university-wide, competitively selected Research Assistantships. All students ing to the English graduate program, should include a Teaching Research Assistantship Application with the materials sent to the English Department’s Graduate office.

Amount: $5000
Program Compensation Plan

The Population Biology Graduate Group offers five years of support in the form of Teaching Assistantships , Graduate Student Research assistantships and Block Grant Fellowships, assuming continued satisfactory progress to degree. First-year students receive academic year support in the form of Teaching Assistantships , Graduate Student Research assistantships , Block Grant Fellowships, and non-resident tuition when applicable. Students in years two through five will receive academic support in the form of Teaching Assistantships , Graduate Student Research assistantships and Block Grant Fellowships. During the academic year , students are permitted to work up to 50% time as TA readers, and graduate student researchers Fellowship : Students are encouraged to seek fellowship opportunities both internal to UC Davis and externally.

Departmental Funding Criteria

If the student intends to be on the job market, the nature of the funding is a University Fellowship in the Fall and Winter Quarters, followed by a Teaching Assistantship in the Spring Quarter. However, if the student dissertation committee chaircertifies by February 15 that the student is expected to enter the job market in their sixth year, the Spring Quarter Teaching Assistantship will be converted to a University Fellowship Note that if the student took advantage of a University Fellowship in the Spring Quarter of their fourth year, they are not eligible again in their fifth year. Have been eligible for departmental funding during the previous academic year,.

Amount: $45702
Stipend Rates

Partial assistantships must include tuition proportional to the stipend. Awards that do not provide tuition and stipend in amounts proportional to the hours expected of a regular assistant are not assistantships and should not be portrayed as such. Students who are enrolled in professional degree programs are ineligible for assistantships outside of their graduate field of study, unless the director of Graduate Studies for the student’s program requests an exception based on the student gaining experience directly supporting the student’s ability to teach the subject matter of the profession.