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Graduate Assistantships

Assistantships than 3.000 assistantships are available to qualified graduate students. Graduate assistants are responsible for knowing the specific policies and procedures that govern their particular assistantship and academic program. Graduate assistant appointments are related to the academic semester of enrollment Graduate assistants are paid on a bi-weekly basis. Doctoral students with quarter-time or half-time assistantships must carry at least 3 credits Master’s students with quarter-time assistantships or half-time assistantships must carry at least 6 credits. Doctoral and master’s students with three-quarter-time assistantships must carry at least 3 credits. Graduate assistants must achieve and maintain satisfactory academic records. Lifelong Education students and College of Law students are not eligible for graduate assistantships.

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.


All students interested in applying for a Graduate Assistantship listed should read the Conditions of Appointment for Graduate Assistantships and Application Process prior to submitting an application. Assistantships will be in effect for the 2021-2022 academic year, commencing with the first day of the fall semester and terminating the last day of the spring semester. If applicant receive and accept a graduate assistantship, applicant relinquish any claim to graduate scholarship program awards for that academic year. Neither scholarship or assistantship awards are renewed automatically each year.

Developmental Psychology Assistantships

The university award a large number of full and part time graduate teaching and research assistantships each year. These awards include University Fellowships for students working on M.A. degrees and Dissertation Completion Fellowships. These assistantships carry stipend levels and duties consistent with other assistantships in the department. Woodson Scholars Program is funded locally by NIU and is reserved for doctoral level students with expressed interest in academic careers. Full time stipends vary from $1372.06 per month to $1392.06 per month depending upon level of training and nature of the assistantship duties. Depending on the availability of funds, assistantships may be awarded on a half time basis, with a corresponding reduction in hours and stipend amounts. Assistantships may be available on a nine month to twelve month basis.

Amount: $23173
Information for Graduate Assistants

Graduate students appointed to an assistantship are expected to be involved in assistantship activities for a total of 18 weeks per semester For example, for the academic year the stipend for a ½-time, grade 12 assistantship is $20,790, and for a ½-time grade 15 assistantship is $23,490. A graduate student on a ¾-time assistantship appointment normally registers for 6-8 credits per semester and is expected to provide teaching, research, or administrative assistance that, on average, consists of approximately 30 hours of assistantship activities a week. The departments or programs awarding the assistantships provide the graduate assistant with the necessary training and mentorship to perform effectively and to render the assistantship a positive learning opportunity and an important component of the educational experience.


Students may hold different assistantships during their time at Cornell, or may receive funding from a variety of other funding arrangements such as fellowships or external awards. Because students funded through assistantships are expected to make progress towards their research degrees, assistantship hours for TA, RA, and GA appointments are limited to 15 to 20 hours per week, averaging no than 15 hours per week. Hourly limits for GRA appointments are not explicitly defined because they, by definition, are An academic appointment focused on thesis or other degree-related research of a type that is required from all candidates for the degree. Cornell assistantship minimum stipend rates have increased consistently over time, averaging a 2.5% annual increase for the past eight years.

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. These awards include the Alice C.

Teaching Assistantships

The UMSL English Department provides a limited number of teaching assistantships for MFA students. These assistantships are available for up to two years. In addition to receiving a stipend , teaching assistants receive 100% remission of their tuition costs Students granted an assistantship will, in their first semester, work as consultants in the Writing Center.

Amount: $28145
Disbursement Information for 2020-2021

This page details important information the disbursement plans for fellowships and research assistantships. 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 research assistantship: If applicant are receiving both types of awards, they are combined into one direct deposit or check. If applicant have not registered for the semester at least 10 days prior to the date of disbursement, then their award may be held. Continuing students must update their GLACIER record if they switch between fellowship, assistantship or adjunct appointments.

Admission and Assistantships

The UMSL English Department provides a limited number of teaching and tutoring assistantships for MFA students. These assistantships are available for up to two years.