Graduate assistantships are the main way in which universities support graduate students. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.
A GA is an employee of the university and has work responsibilities; consequently s/he must be eligible to work at Illinois State for the number of hours required of the position. First and foremost, however, a GA is a student. Work assignments should generally contribute to a GA's academic objectives and should not inhibit satisfactory academic performance or interfere with the timely completion of the degree.
When hiring GAs, the University's goal is always to hire the most qualified student for the position. Satisfactory academic progress and time-to-degree play important roles when determining the qualification of a student for an assistantship.
Graduate assistants receive
To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally,
For more information on becoming a graduate assistant, please check out the Graduate Assistant Handbook and visit with your department/school's graduate coordinator.
All available graduate assistantships are posted online on the Human Resources website. Any student can apply for any available assistantship. Note, however, that many departments/schools will only offer assistantships to students in their programs. You must be legally eligible to work in Illinois for the number of hours required of the position.
Every year the University honors with awards graduate teaching assistants who make outstanding contributions to teaching as part of their program and educational experience at Illinois State University. For full details, please visit the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology Website.