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30 USA Graduate Assistantships for International Students

Have you been looking for graduate opportunities to study in the USA?

Issue is, scholarship is a very popular option for international students. As in, tens of thousands apply to only hundreds of scholarships every year. So it follows that your chances of competing and winning a full scholarship to study in the USA are quite slim, even more so if you have plans to work while/after schooling.

So then, why restrict your options applying only for scholarships when universities, polytechnics & colleges offer international students “graduate assistantships”? What’s a Graduate Assistantship?

It would be easier to simply list out top Graduate Assistantship opportunities to plan and/or apply for but you see, while you might know something and then think it is general knowledge, plenty of learners do not know what you know. Infact, the lack of information is so overwhelming that in my experience evaluating scholarship applications, many do not know what or why they have applied. Imagine walking into a room blindfolded. Shocking, right?

So education begins from ground level up. In future articles, we will tackle how to apply successfully for a graduate assistantship, cold calling a professor, writing a great SOP etc (other strategies are listed in this interview).

For this article though, we define Graduate assistantship and list some of them from the United States (US) that you may apply for.

What then is a Graduate Assistantship?

A Graduate Assistantship is walking the talk. A GA enables you get your education fully-funded in exchange for professional contribution to your major. So while your t`uition is fully paid off, sometimes along with your housing and maintenance, it comes with working in your faculty. Like having a job while studying, only that for a GA, it usually entails academic/administrative work not bartending or housekeeping. GA advances your development more than a scholarship.

In the US of A, Graduate Assistantship is of 3 types:

  1. Graduate Assistant (GA): Although a Graduate Assistant works with and assists students on a daily basis. they are not be required to teach the students. The GA primarily works in administrative capacity with a member of the faculty or the school coach, yet the work of the graduate assistant should not be to do filing and clerical duty. Keyword is “should not”. It’ll however depend faculty’s pressing needs at the time
  2. Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA): The GTA is required to teach undergraduate students and mentor them. In some cases, the GTA is assigned to masters and doctoral candidates in rare circumstances where exceptional expertise or experience is shown. The teaching assignment is an opportunity to obtain depth of knowledge within the academic discipline. 
  3. Graduate Research Assistant (GRA): The GRA is employed to aid the the research of a faculty member in a capacity that enhances the student’s career and educational development. For the GRA, the research project typically results in a professional paper, thesis, or dissertation. Duties vary depending on the type of research project and may include laboratory experiments, library searches, data entry, preparation of reports, and other relevant assignments.

All graduate assistantships are professional positions that allow you to build the skills that employers are looking for. For master’s students applying to doctoral programs, an assistantship demonstrates that you are well-prepared to contribute to the department. Indeed, for many research fields, not having an assistantship during your master’s could count against you when applying to PhD programs.

How to Apply for a Graduate Assistantship (GA)?

GAs are typically awarded by a specific Graduate Course or Department or College. So you would most likely not be aware of a call for applications if you do not contact the department or college.

You would most likely not be aware of a GA call for applications if you do not contact the department or college.

Let’s point you in the direction of 30 schools in USA that open their graduate assistantships to African/international students

So what say you? Wanna apply to some GA positions? Let’s get cracking!

S/NDept./College/UniversityLink
1Texas Woman’s UniversityGraduate Assistantships for International Students
2University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of EducationGraduate Assistantships for International Students
3University of Louisiana at LaFayetteGraduate Assistantships for International Students
4University of South FloridaGraduate Assistantships for International Students
5State University of New YorkGraduate Assistantships for International Students
6West Virginia UniversityGraduate Assistantships for International students
7University of New OrleansGraduate Assistantships for International students
8Madonna UniversityGraduate Assistantships for International students
9Western Illinois UniversityGraduate Assistantships for International students
10Penn State UniversityGraduate Assistantships for International students
11Towson UniversityGraduate Assistantships for International students
12New Haven UniversityGraduate Assistantships for International students
13University of HoustonGraduate Assistantships for International students
14University of ArkansasGraduate Assistantships for International students
15Eastern Michigan UniversityGraduate Assistantships for International students
16The University of Tennessee ChattanoogaGraduate Assistantships for International students
17Bowling Green State UniversityGraduate Assistantships for International students
18Cornell UniversityGraduate Assistantships for International students
19Wilkes UniversityGraduate Assistantships for International students
20University of Nevada, RenoGraduate Assistantships for International students
21Cleveland State University, OhioGraduate Assistantships for International students
22University of Wyoming School of Politics, Public Affairs & International StudiesGraduate Assistantships for International students
23University of WashingtonGraduate Assistantships for International students
24Texas State University School of MassComm & JournalismGraduate Assistantships for International students
25University of North Texas Dept of EconomicsGraduate Assistantships for International students
26University of Nebraska-LincolnGraduate Assistantships for International students
27Penn State College of AgricGraduate Assistantships for International students
28Mississippi State UniversityGraduate Assistantships for International students
29Georgia State UniversityGraduate Assistantships for International students
30University of Oklahoma Dept of MathematicsGraduate Assistantships for International students