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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.

Engineering Fundamentals
Graduate Teaching Assistantship
Contact: Amy Biegalski (biegalski@utk.edu)
The UT Engineering Fundamentals (EF) Program is seeking qualified candidates for graduate teaching assistantships (GTAs). EF GTAs serve as the primary facilitators of labs for engineering physics, numerical analysis, computer programming and professional skills development. GTAs work with undergraduate assistants to provide an active and hands-on learning environment with small class sections. GTAs are expected to possess excellent communication skills, have a strong desire to work with first-year students, and to be proactive in helping students, encouraging, and enthusiastic.
Office of the Chancellor
Graduate Research Assistant
Contact: Matthew Scoggins (scoggins@utk.edu)
The Office of the Chancellor is seeking applicants to fill a 12-month graduate research assistantship position. The appointment will provide a doctoral student with unique insight into the work of senior academic administration and institutional research. This is an ideal position for a graduate student interested in topics of governance, leadership, and policy. The position also offers invaluable experience for a career in administration or institutional research in higher education.