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Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are the primary source of funding for graduate students at UT and are offered by academic departments and administrative offices of the university. An assistantship is a financial award to a graduate student for part-time work in teaching, administration, or research while pursuing an advanced degree. Appointments are normally on a one-fourth to one-half time basis, usually requiring 10 – 20 hours of service per week (see Graduate Stipends). The annual stipend is payable in either nine or twelve monthly installments. In addition to the stipend, Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA), Graduate Teaching Associates (GTAssoc), Graduate Assistants (GA), and Graduate Research Assistants (GRA), with appointments on a one-fourth time basis or higher, are entitled to a waiver of maintenance, tuition, mandatory fees, and differential tuition for the period of appointment. These appointments also include a benefit of health insurance for the student.

For graduate assistantships offered by departments, you will wish to contact your department or visit their website. However, there are often graduate assistantships offered by administrative offices around the university. While there is no central point of contact for information on positions in these offices, some positions are filled periodically in college advising centers, admission offices, residence halls, and other service offices.

Finding a Graduate Assistantship

Graduate assistantships are offered through many departments and colleges. Information concerning these types of assistance can be obtained from the department in which the student plans to study. All assistantships are governed by the Policy for the Administration of Graduate Assistantships.

The Graduate School shares openings for graduate assistantships whenever possible. If you have any openings to post, please submit them through the GRA/GTA Position Announcement form.

UT-ORII Science Alliance
Graduate Assistant
Contact: Shawn Campagna (campagna@utk.edu)
The Science Alliance is in need of up to two graduate student mentors for the 2024 SMaRT summer internship program. Mentors will participate in the planning and administration of the SMaRT program and will be provided with a full 12-month graduate assistantship for their efforts. This position will run from January 1 – December 31, 2024. The graduate student mentors’ responsibilities are expected to take ~20 hours/week for the 10 weeks during the summer. In the fall and spring, the mentors will assist in reviewing applications and planning SMaRT activities. These pre- and post-program duties are expected to take no more than 100 total hours over both semesters.
Assessment Programs and Collection Strategy
Graduate Research Assistant
Contact: Jennie Mezick (jamezick@utk.edu)
The Graduate Research Assistant for Assessment Programs and Collection Strategy (APCS) works on a variety of collaborative and independent projects. Projects may include overseeing recurring processes, assisting with usage data compilation and library assessments, evaluating electronic and physical collection resources, chairing meetings, and preparing literature reviews and reports. This assistantship is designed to provide graduate students in the School of Information Sciences with hands-on professional experience. Working with other members of APCS, the position identifies and pursues research interests that align with those of the department faculty.