Work-based financial aid awards, UW Oshkosh's graduate assistantships provide graduate students the opportunity to work in their academic field or in a closely related area. Functions of a graduate assistant include laboratory assistance, research, tutoring, proctoring and other programmatic/academic oriented work. Teaching and/or secretarial activity is not included in this description.
All students who have been admitted in full standing to a degree-producing program at UW Oshkosh are eligible. Employment may not begin until the semester for which the graduate student is accepted into a degree-producing program. Recipients must enroll in at least six graduate credits and must remain in good academic standing. Financial need is not a consideration in the selection process. These awards are competitive.
Recipients are contracted, salaried employees and are employed for up to a maximum of 20 hours/week. The period of employment is a 17-week semester or a 34-week academic year. Graduate assistantships are generally not available during the summer session. Common contracts are for .50 FTE (20 hours/week), .375 FTE (15 hours/week), .3375 FTE (13.5 hours/week) and .25 FTE (10 hours/week).
A graduate assistant is an employee of the University, and his/her salary is taxable. For graduate assistants who work at least .3375 FTE or more for at least one semester, fringe benefits are available. Fringe benefits include health insurance, dental insurance and a death benefit at minimal cost to the graduate student. Nonresident graduate assistants quality for nonresident tuition waivers if their contract is for .3375 FTE or more.
Employment as a graduate assistant is contingent upon the successful outcome of a criminal background check. A graduate assistant may not begin employment until this background check has been completed. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the University does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.
Current (approximate) academic year stipends are:
.50 FTE: $10,217
.375 FTE: $7,663
.3375 FTE: $6,896
.25 FTE: $5,108
Application and Forms
- 2013-14 Online Application
- Statement of Selective Service Compliance Form
- Graduate Assistant Rehire Form (for department use, only)
- Graduate Assistant Appointment Form (for department use, only)
- Handbook and Policy Manual
Graduate students must submit a new graduate assistantship application for each academic year for which he/she is seeking employment. Applications for the 2013-14 academic year are accepted from February 1, 2013 through January 15, 2014. Early applications are encouraged as all available positions may be filled by April 15, 2013 for academic year 2013-14. Completed applications will remain in a pool of eligible graduate assistants until the end of the 2013-14 academic year or until a position has been accepted by the applicant. Decisions will be made on awards depending upon the availability of funding and the number of applications received.