Graduate Assistantships provide financial assistance for graduate students, allowing them to pursue a higher degree and grow professionally through the development and application of discipline-based knowledge. All students with a graduate assistantship receive a stipend and pay in-state tuition, although for some grant- or contract-funded assistantships, tuition may be covered completely. Most graduate assistants are expected to work 20 hours per week on their assistantship duties. Three types of graduate assistantships are described below, and each has a different application and selection process. Additional details regarding graduate assistantships can be found in the CCU Graduate Catalog.
University-funded graduate program assistantships
Many CCU graduate programs are allotted a specific number of university-funded assistantships each year for graduate students in their discipline. Duties vary by position and include such activities as (1) instructional assistance for undergraduate classes and laboratories under supervision of a faculty member (teaching, preparing materials, grading, etc.), (2) development and delivery of student support programs such as tutoring, reviews, discussions, etc., (3) scholarly, research, or technical assistance for departmental, university, or faculty initiatives, and (4) administrative or other support for a program or department. Students typically apply for these assistantships by indicating their desire for a graduate assistantship on their original graduate program application. If you did not do so, you can download the Graduate Assistantship Application and submit it directly to your program coordinator/director/chair. The selection process and all decisions are overseen by the program coordinator in each program, or in some cases a committee of program faculty. Questions should be directed to your advisor or the program coordinator.
Grant- or contract-funded graduate assistantships
These assistantships are typically research- or scholarship-based and include specific duties as stipulated by a grant or contract. In many cases, the student becomes aware of the opportunity through one-on-one conversations with the Principle Investigator for the grant/contract (who may also be the student’s advisor). These conversations may be prior to admission or after the student is already enrolled, and there may or may not be a formal application process. In some cases, a more general announcement and application process may come from the program coordinator or other unit director.
Administrative/professional support for University offices
A number of University offices across campus fund graduate student assistantships to support their activities and directives. These can be either University-funded or grant-funded. Examples include:
- Academic Coaching
- Career Services
- Global Engagement / International Programs
- Graduate Studies
- Online Learning
- Provost Office
- Student Affairs
- Student Recreation
- Training, Development, and Service Excellence
- University Housing
In some cases these offices will work with program coordinators to identify and assign program-allotted assistantships (category 1, above), but in other cases, they will hire graduate students who did not receive a program-specific assistantship. In the latter case, offices typically turn to the Office of Graduate Studies to provide a pool of potential applicants to choose from. If you would like to be considered for one of these graduate assistantships, fill out the Graduate Assistantship Application and return it by mail, email or fax to:
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