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Please also review the information on our COVID-19 & Coronavirus Updates page for important information about submitting an assistantship appointment.


In making an assistantship offer, please ensure that you are doing so (1) guided by the University policy and guidelines governing graduate assistantship appointments, (2) using the standardized offer letter templates, and (3) following up, upon acceptance, by submitting (a) the required Departmental Financial Award Notification (DFAN) for international students (if applicable) and (b) the Graduate Assistantship Personnel Action Summary Form for each appointment.

Contact the Graduate School if you have questions.

Graduate Assistant Catalog Policies

Graduate assistantships are categorized as Graduate Teaching Assistantships, Graduate Research Assistantships, and Graduate Assistantships. Definitions of each appointment type and policies governing assistantships are outlined in the University Catalog linked above. Additional information is available from the Graduate School and the Office of Human Resources.

Graduate Assistantship Offer Letter Generator

Graduate assistantship offers must be made using this standardized (although customizable) offer letter generator. Offers can be made only to those formally admitted by the Graduate School in regular admission status.

Graduate Assistantship Personnel Action Summary Form

After an admitted graduate student has accepted your assistantship offer, use this webform to initiate the formal appointment of a graduate student as a GTA, GRA, or GA. It can also be used to make a fellowship appointment.