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Today’s topic is about Assistantships in USA. In my earlier post I talked about Scholarships, how Universities decide to which applicant the scholarships need to be offered. Today let’s talk about Assistantships and the types of Assistantships that are there in USA.

1. What are Assistantships?

In USA generally many students receive assistance in the form of money  by doing Assistantships. They receive stipend in the form of cash. This stipend will vary from one University to another. Normally this stipend are enough to take care of your staying expenses in USA or for your University fees. There are different types of Assistantships that  students in USA can opt for. Students who work as Assistantships need to work for a maximum of 20 to 25 hours per week. This duration will also vary from one University to another.

2. What are the different types of Assistantships?

Here are the different types of Assistantships that a student can opt for.

  • Teaching Assistant (TA): – A Teaching Assistant generally means to teach  a specific topic in a course to a set of students, generally Under graduates. It also includes carrying out the laboratory sections and assisting the professors when needed. So in simple words TA’s work is to help and assist professors, in their work. For getting TA the main criteria is that you should have scored a high score in your TOEFL or any other exams equivalent to TOEFL.
  • Research Assistant (RA): – Research Assistant is generally appointed my an individual professor or by the specific departments. The main work of an RA includes research. This research won’t be related to the thesis part. The average work hours for an RA may vary from one University to another, but generally it’s about 20 hours in a week. The research can be on any topic under faculty guidance.
  • General Graduate Assistant (GCA): – General Graduate Assistants are normally assigned academic duties within the University. This may include from assisting in research to carrying out tasks like managing the laboratories, grading the test papers or assignments. The GCA can be used for a variety of tasks and it generally changes from one semester to another.
  • Graduate Instructor (GI): – The difference between a TA and a GI is that GI will be assigned to teach an entire course for an entire semester. The maximum hours that GI can work will be approximately 20 hours. The requirement for this is to have a high TOEFL Score. The Universities will also be conducting teaching workshops that a GI must attend.

So these are the different Assistantships that a student can opt for.The Assistantships will be given to a student by examining various factors like TOEFL score etc. The salaries for Assistantships will vary from one semester to another. But the money is enough to take care of staying expenses or you can use it for the Universities fees.Hope this Information was helpful for you.

All The Best

Assistantships in USA

6 thoughts on “Assistantships in USA

  • December 18, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    hello sir…Is TSE essential for TA…?

  • March 10, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    how do i contact you?? i got some doubts.

  • November 4, 2014 at 5:53 am

    All your post are informative are very much useful. My GRE score is 322 and TOEFL score is 99 and my GPA is 6.45/10 up to the end of III/II . Now I want to pursue my MS in CS.Kindly suggest some good universities which can give admission to me. Further I can say that GPA will improve by the end 4th year.

    S.Vipin Reddy

  • July 4, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    When do we need to apply for these assistantships? Is it possible to get them even before applying n show them in SOP?

  • October 25, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Hi Shrinivas, you have done a great work by providing these crucial materials for us.


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