Graduate assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are available for some full-time graduate students. The assistantships may cover all or part of tuition and may provide stipends in return for specified hours of work, usually 20 hours per week.

What GAs do at Akron

The term graduate assistant applies to students under contract supported by University funds or external funds administered through the University. Graduate assistants work for the University, typically in teaching or research positions. Graduate assistants have varied duties that may include full teaching responsibility for lower-level courses, conducting discussion sessions, supervising laboratories, assisting faculty with research or assisting departments in various ways.

How to apply

Full-time graduate students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply for admission.

New students may indicate on their application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship.

Current students must contact their academic departments for application information.

Each department may have different requirements for their assistantship applicants, so every student should contact his or her academic department to learn what other requirements exist. All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the individual departments.


Only students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for graduate assistantships. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or pursuing a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.