Assistantships
(GA/RA/TA positions)

Graduate Assistant, Research Assistant, and Teaching Assistant positions include both work duties (service) and training/education on professional skills and knowledge for your field.

If you are a full-time graduate student, you can get full tuition support through an assistantship as a Research Assistant (RA) or Teaching Assistant (TA). These positions are awarded by academic departments and the University's research institutes and centers.

Graduate Assistant (GA)
Please note that Graduate Assistants are not eligible for tuition remission or in-state awards.

Research Assistant (RA)
A graduate student who is engaged in research activities directly related to their program of study under the supervision or in collaboration with a member of the graduate faculty.

Teaching Assistant (TA)
A graduate student who regularly teaches a class or classes, supervises recitation section, has full responsibility of a course, leads discussion sections, grades papers and exams, or supervises a laboratory section or sections. TAs are under the supervision of a member of the graduate faculty. View resources for Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows.

The Graduate School recommends that students should not normally conduct service work (research or teaching assistantships) in excess of 15-20 hours per week on average for doctoral students and 12-15 hours per week on average for master's students.

Tuition Support
RA and TA positions often provide full tuition support. You may receive a Tuition Remission Award, which reduces tuition to in-state rates, and/or an In-State Tuition Award. You may also receive a service stipend. You may be paid on a monthly or hourly basis.

View important information about In-State Tuition Awards and Tuition Remission.

All teaching and research assistantships provide health insurance.

Stipends, responsibilities, selection criteria, applications, and notification procedures vary by department. If you are applying to a TA or RA position, you should discuss the specific funding options with the department.

For more information, view the Graduate School Handbook.

Opportunities for Prospective Students
The University Merit Assistantship provides a stipend, tuition, and health insurance for one year. You are eligible if you are applying for a masters or doctoral program. You will be considered for this automatically in your admissions application.

Opportunities for Current Students
Contact your department or academic advisor to find out about GA, RA, or TA positions. Opportunities are also posted on the Graduate School Funding listserv and Career Services.

Contact Us
Graduate School Fellowships Office
gradfunding@unc.edu