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Graduate Assistantship  

A limited number of graduate assistantships (GAs) are available in a variety of locations across campus, including academic departments, research centers, administrative units, and service units. This type of appointment represents the most common type of financial award offered by the University.

A GA must be an admitted student in a degree program. Non-declared students are typically not eligible for graduate assistantships.

For available GA appointments and selection criteria, students should inquire directly with the Graduate Director or Chair of the department to which they have been admitted or to the appointing officer of a research center, administrative unit, or service unit.

The typical GA appointment is a 50% appointment (20 hours per week) and lasts for one academic year (9 months). Some 25% appointments, requiring 10 hours per week, are available. A student may hold two simultaneous quarter-time (25%) appointments on campus without special approval.

GA appointments may be either on a semester-pay basis or a fiscal-pay basis. If available, doctoral students can receive up to four years (48 months) of graduate assistantship support. In terms of tuition scholarships, see the SIU Graduate School Guidelines HERE.

Salary schedules for GA appointments vary between units. Information about the specific conditions of the appointment should be directed to the department or unit making the appointment.

Awards and Scholarships

A limited number of awards, scholarships, and fellowships are available to doctoral students in the School of Education. For more information regarding scholarships/awards and fellowships, please refer HERE and HERE, respectively.