- About Graduate & Research Assistantships
- Available Assistantships
- Applying to an Assistantship
- Terms & Conditions
In addition to financial aid in the form of grants, loans, work-study and scholarships, prospective and current graduate students may be eligible to apply for graduate assistantships (GA) or graduate research assistantships (GRA). This form of financial support is available to fully matriculated students through the individual colleges, which post the positions for the following academic year. The level of support for these assistantships as well as the requirements and expectations vary from college to college. However, the main characteristics of each are detailed below.
Graduate Assistant (GA)
Graduate Assistants are graduate students who provide academic and program support. GA responsibilities may be administrative in nature, consisting of duties that typically are not related to teaching or research. Such activities may include assisting with the administration of student services, participating in student recruiting, assisting in program planning, and advising undergraduate student groups. GA responsibilities may also be academic in nature, which may include assisting instructors with laboratory sessions and assignments, setting up displays for lectures or laboratory sections, preparing or maintaining equipment used in laboratory sections, and assisting researchers with the collection of data and bibliography. However, Graduate Assistants are not allowed to participate in instruction. Graduate Assistantships can be granted as full- or part-time during one single academic year (fall and spring terms).
- A full-time GA requires 20-hours per week commitment and receives tuition remission for 9 credits of course work related to his/her major or program, and a monthly stipend that varies according to the level of responsibilities.
- A part-time GA requires 10-hours per week commitment and receives tuition remission for 6 credits of course work related to his/her major or program, and a monthly stipend that varies according to the level of responsibilities.
Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)
Graduate Research Assistants are graduate students conducting academically significant research under the direction of a faculty member, who is generally a principal investigator on an external grant or contract. GRAs are awarded by departments and professors who are engaged in research projects and provide exciting opportunities to participate in new and ongoing research activities conducted at Rowan University. Since GRAs are typically funded by sponsored research grants, the stipend and tuition compensation level may vary with the nature of the grant.
Graduate students interested in GAs and GRAs must consult with the college in which they are pursuing their degree. However, colleges and departments may also provide support to students pursuing degrees in disciplines outside those colleges and departments. The links for each college are provided below. In these pages students will find: (a) available opportunities for a given academic year, (b) description of the assistantship and required qualifications, (c) level of tuition remission and stipend, (d) deadline for application, and (e) college representative contact information.
Click on the College name to view available assistantships:
- Rohrer College of Business
- College of Communication & Creative Arts
- College of Education
- College of Engineering
- College of Performing Arts
- College of Humanities & Social Sciences
- College of Science & Mathematics
Who May Apply to an Assistantship
Any student who has been fully accepted into a program leading to a graduate degree is eligible to compete for an assistantship. Therefore, a student who wishes to apply for a GA should allow sufficient time for admissions credentials to be assembled and processed. On the other hand, the granting of a GRA may be the result of a negotiation between the faculty/principal investigator and the prospective student even before the student has applied to the program. In this case, however, for the GRA to become effective the student must be accepted into the program.
Submitting an Application
All students, regardless of the college and nature of the assistantship must complete and submit the following forms to the following address:
College of Graduate & Continuing Education
Enterprise Center, Suite 200
Attn: Graduate & Research Assistantship
225 Rowan Boulevard
Glassboro, NJ 08028
- Application for Graduate Assistantship Form
- Two recommendations from individuals who may comment on personal characteristics relevant to the graduate assistantship
- Current resume
- EEO Data Record
- Any other materials or information required by the specific department/program
Once an award is made, the student must submit the following forms and material to the Office of Human Resources at Rowan University:
- Terms and conditions of appointment to a GA
- Terms and conditions of appointment to a GRA
- W-4 form
- Direct deposit form
- I-9 form
- Students must also provide clear copies of driver’s license and social security card
- International students must also provide copies of passport, visa, and social security card
For general questions regarding the terms and conditions for GAs and GRAs, for questions related to Human Resources forms and issues, and for submission of applications you must contact:
Dr. Forouza Pourkay
Assistant Director of Special Initiatives
Office of the Dean
- Typically, Graduate Assistantships are awarded for only one academic year. Exceptions to this rule will be considered by the colleges on a case by case basis.
- Graduate Assistantships are awarded for fall and spring academic semesters, with paycheck periods running from September 1 to June 30.
- A full-time GA is expected to work 20 hours per week and a part-time GA is expected to work 10 hours per week. Normally, this work takes place during regular business hours. However, temporary work assignments may be made in the evenings or on weekends to meet special needs.
- GAs are not required to work on formally declared federal or state holidays. Those wishing to observe other religious holidays should make the necessary arrangements with their work supervisors. GAs who are absent during their regular scheduled work assignments are expected to make up lost time. GAs are generally not expected to work during term break (December-January) and spring break (mid March). GAs are expected to work during final examination week and during the period between Commencement day and June 30.
- Full-time GAs must complete a minimum academic course load of 9 credits during each of the fall and spring semesters. Only courses that apply to the degree are eligible for the tuition remission. Full-time GAs may take more than 9 credits of coursework. However, the tuition beyond the 9 credits may not be waived and can become the responsibility of the student. For further information on this topic the student must inquire with the respective college.
- Part-time GAs must complete a minimum academic course load of 6 credits during each of the fall and spring semesters. Only courses that apply to the degree are eligible for the tuition remission.
- All university fees associated with the course credit hours are the responsibility of the student.
- Full-time GAs are required to maintain full-time status (9 credit hours per semester), carry a minimum 3.0 grade point average, and perform the assigned duties and responsibilities successfully. GAs who fail to honor these commitments are subject to termination.
- Part-time GAs are required to maintain 6 semester hours per semester, carry a minimum 3.0 grade point average, and perform the assigned duties and responsibilities successfully. GAs who fail to honor these commitments are subject to termination.
- GAs who are terminated or who resign before the end of the period of appointment are subject to the following:
- If the termination or resignation is effective at the end of the fall or spring semester, neither the stipend nor tuition for that semester is in jeopardy. However, the student will forfeit any tuition waiver and stipends for the succeeding semesters.
- If the termination or resignation becomes effective at any time during the fall or spring semester, the student will be responsible for that semester's tuition that has been waived. The stipend will cease with the effective date of termination or resignation.
- GAs who are terminated are not eligible to re-apply.
- The terms and conditions for GRAs (e.g. expected working hours, course work, vacation days, etc.) vary from project to project. Therefore, inquiries should be made to the corresponding faculty member or department.