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Seeking Assistantships

Each year over 1,300 graduate students are awarded graduate assistantships that provide financial support for their graduate education. These appointments offer opportunities for students to engage in the research, teaching, and administrative missions of the university.

Graduate assistants receive a stipend for the duties that they perform, and UCF provides tuition remission and health insurance coverage for all qualifying assistantship appointments. Most assistantships are offered by a student's graduate program or department.

If you are interested in a graduate assistantship, contact your Graduate Program Director and ask about the assistantship application process in your program. A few assistantship opportunities are available in nonacademic offices. Visit the Career Services website at for more information. All graduate assistantship appointments require full-time enrollment in a graduate program. 

Students who have graduate teaching assignments are required to complete UCF GTA training before beginning their assistantships. International students who have graduate teaching associate or assistant positions will need to pass the SPEAK Test administered by the Center for Multilingual Multicultural Studies before beginning their assistantships. Depending on their discipline or assignments, graduate research assistants may also have training requirements (for example, lab safety). See Graduate Teaching for more information.

UCF Graduate Assistantships



Job Code 


Graduate Teaching Associate


Instructor of record for undergraduate courses in the specific discipline (cannot be the instructor of record for graduate courses).

Graduate Teaching Assistant


Teaching-related duties under the supervision of a faculty member. The student must have supervision present when delivering content and cannot be the sole person communicating to a student at any time. The student cannot be an instructor of record or a discussion leader.

Graduate Teaching-Grader


Grading papers or assisting a faculty member in teaching roles directly related to credit-earning formal course instruction. The student works outside the classroom with the faculty supervisor and has no direct contact with students enrolled in the courses.

Graduate Research Associate


Research or research-related duties

Graduate Research Assistant


Research or research-related duties

Graduate Assistant


General educational administration duties


Graduate students enrolled in fully online programs that exempt them from paying campus-based fees are not eligible for graduate assistantships. Nondegree-seeking students may be employed but may not be classified as graduate assistants. Others that do not meet criteria for being a graduate assistant may be hired as OPS (temporary) employees.

See Financial Information in the Graduate Catalog for more information about assistantship requirements.  

For details on assistantship financial packages, see Assistantships.



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