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Graduate Assistantship Application:


Students enrolled in a graduate program in “good standing” status and registered for at least nine (9), but no more than twelve (12) graduate credits each semester are eligible to receive a graduate assistantship. Students receiving full assistantship awards are expected to perform 20 hours of service per week. Workloads for partial assistantships are reduced proportionately.

Graduate assistant assignments are typically made for Fall and/or Spring semesters, and involve duties relating to work as a research assistant, laboratory assistant, classroom assistant, etc. Graduate assistants do not teach college level classes.

The availability of graduate assistantships is contingent upon State budget allocations.


A full graduate assistantship grant for the 2014-2015 academic year is $10,559 or $5,280 for one semester. When funds are available, students who receive an assistantship of at least two-thirds of the maximum award for the academic year or semester will qualify for fringe benefits (such as health, dental and life insurance). Regular incidental fees charged by the University are paid by the student.

When funds are available, non-residents receiving at least a two-thirds award will also qualify for a remission of the non-resident portion of tuition costs for the corresponding time period. Graduate assistants who receive non-resident fee remissions for the spring semester may also have the out-of-state portion of their tuition waived for the following summer session.


To apply for a Graduate Assistantship, the following items must be completed and submitted:

  • the (attached) application for a Graduate Assistantship;
  • a goal statement (no more than one single-spaced page) indicating why you are pursuing a graduate degree in the discipline stated on the application-include comments on past education or professional achievements or future career goals; and
  • students who have not already been admitted to a degree program must complete and return an application for admission to the School of Graduate Studies—applications cannot be processed until an official copy of each undergraduate and graduate transcript and the $56 non-refundable admission application fee have been received by the School of Graduate Studies.
  • a supervisor referral form is needed for all new applicants


Completed applications should be received by 4:30 pm on 15 February to receive full consideration, though later applications will be accepted and reviewed until positions are filled. Individuals applying after 15 February are encouraged to contact the coordinator of the graduate program to which they are applying.

Recipients will be notified in writing and issued a contract letter approximately six to eight weeks after the application deadline.


The School of Graduate Studies is authorized by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System to award graduate assistantships to selected full-time graduate students. Such awards, fringe benefits and nonresident fee remissions are conditional upon legislative appropriation of the funds for these programs.

Employment as a Graduate Assistant is contingent upon the successful outcome of a criminal background check. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the University does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.

All terms and conditions above are subject to change without notice. Final decisions as to the awarding of assistantships are made by authorized officials of the University.