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Applying to Graduate School at UIUC Resources: Assistantship Information

This guide provides resources that will help you get started researching and applying to graduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

What is a graduate assistantship?

A graduate assistantship is a compensated student employment opportunity for graduate students. Assistantships help graduate students pay for some or all of their tuition and academic expenses. Some examples include teaching assistantships, where a graduate student teaches a class in exchange for a stipend and tuition waiver, or a research assistantship, where a graduate student exchanges research in their field for a stipend and tuition waiver. Contrary to popular belief, graduate school is not expensive like an undergraduate course is- in fact, it is often completely free!


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Using the library to research how to apply to an assistantship: 

  • In Easy Search, select "Articles" and use the keyword "Applying to Assistantships." 
  • This will search multiple databases for information on the applying, offering multiple perspectives. 

Graduate Hourly Positions

A graduate hourly position is a temporary special project position that pays on an hourly basis. It generally does not generate a tuition waiver. Both graduate assistantships and graduate hourly positions can be useful ways to fund your graduate studies while gaining experience in your area of study.

Graduate employee opportunities can be found by clicking the hyperlink. 

Teaching assistantships

Teaching Assistantships from Clearinghouse

Find and apply for teaching assistantships as they are posted. 

Teaching Assistantship Libguide

A library guide that will help guide you through being a new TA

Research Assistantships

Research Assistantships from Clearinghouse

Find and apply for research assistantships as they are posted. 


Other assistantships

Graduate Assistantships from Clearinghouse

Find and apply for pre-professional graduate assistantships as they are posted.