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Graduate Assistantships

The College of Nursing offers graduate teaching assistantships and research assistantships to qualified students. Each graduate assistantship includes a full in-state tuition waiver pending available funding.

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Teaching Assistants are appointed for 10-20 hours per week. TAs will be assigned to a clinical team or specific course(s) with an identified supervisor. A specific work schedule is developed in collaboration with the appropriate faculty supervisor. Training will be provided for each position. These positions may require travel to different sites. To view a full description of the graduate teaching assistantship, click here.

Graduate Research Assistant

Graduate Research Assistants are appointed for 10-20 hours per week. A specific work schedule is developed with the appropriate faculty supervisor. Research assistantships may include work with the Research Center staff or with an individual faculty member or research residency in a healthcare setting. To view a full description of the graduate research assistantship, click here.

Application process for Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantships

  1. Review job descriptions for Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantships.
  2. Contact the Faculty Program Director or Assistant or Associate Dean to discuss the availability of assistantships within the program or the college.
  3. Download, print and complete the application form located at: click here.
  4. Submit the application along with your CV/Resume and a copy of your nursing license when applicable to the College of Nursing Human Resources Office, MDN 1002.
  5. The Business Office will review your application and contact the appropriate Administrator for availability. If the Administrator has available positions you will be contacted directly by that Administrator. If there are no available positions, the Business Office will inform you promptly of the decision.

10 Frequently Asked Questions for Graduate Assistantships

  1. What types of graduate assistantships exist for doctoral students?

    Doctoral students can be appointed as Graduate Teaching Assistants or as Research Assistants dependent on College needs and/or student preparation and experience.
  2. What is the amount ($) of funding available to me as a graduate assistant?

    Funding can range from $8,352 to $20,880 annually dependent upon the number of hours worked per week.
  3. What is the process and timeline for applying, notifying, and receiving financial aid?

    • February 1 – Program Applications Due
    • April – Notification of program acceptance or denial is sent to students
    • April – After notification of program acceptance, students submit graduate assistantship application to program directors
    • Prior to August start of classes – Students are notified of whether or not they are awarded a graduate assistantship.
  4. How many hours would I work if awarded an assistantship?

    Graduate Assistants normally work anywhere from 10-20 hours per week.
  5. Will I be funded thru all years of my program?

    Funding for graduate assistantships typically is available until a student’s coursework is completed. Students will be expected to be funded by a grant during the dissertation stage. Graduate Assistantships will be continued pending favorable performance evaluations and overall College funding availability.
  6. When will we receive notification of special scholarships issued through the College of Nursing?

    In addition to graduate assistantships, the College of Nursing administers foundation based scholarships, traineeships, restricted scholarships, nurse faculty loans, and various other internal awards. Information on these sources of funding is sent to students each semester via their health email account.
  7. What does the assistantship cover?

    Students on graduate assistantship are paid a salary and are considered salaried employees. Graduate Assistants also receive a tuition waiver.
  8. How many hours do I have to be enrolled in per semester to receive an assistantship?

    Full time (at least 9 credits)
  9. Do I have to apply for the stipend each year or is it automatically renewed?

    Graduate Assistantships will be continued pending favorable performance evaluations and overall College funding availability. Funding for graduate assistantships typically is available until a student’s coursework is completed. Students will be expected to be funded by a grant during the dissertation stage.
  10. Is a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) required? If so, is the FAFSA has to be completed every year?

    Yes. This must be completed every year.