Fellowships and Funding

Research and teaching assistantships

Fellowships and Funding > Research assistants and teaching assistants

Assistantships provide an excellent opportunity to help finance graduate education, further individual study and contribute to ASU’s research and teaching efforts. Most research assistantship positions are generally found through direct relationships with faculty and are primarily for PhD-level graduate students. However, master’s students can be considered as well if opportunities are available.

What is a teaching assistantship (TA)?

 A teaching assistant’s (TA’s) primary responsibility is to provide general assistance in the instructional process under the direct supervision of a faculty supervisor. A teaching assistant may lecture, lead discussion groups, serve as an assistant to laboratory classes, tutor students, proctor examinations, and grade tests and papers. Funding is provided from the academic program and applications are available through the individual school or program. TAs may be hourly (no tuition support) or include tuition support.

Applications for graduate teaching assistantships are made available through each academic unit and school.

TAs are mostly awarded to PhD students.

General Funding Guidelines: TA positions can be hourly (no tuition support) or include tuition support. For TA positions that include tuition support, students are also provided a monthly stipend, which can vary depending upon the responsibilities of the position.

Teaching assistants are responsible for adhering to policies outlined in the TA/RA Handbook.

What is a research assistantship (RA)?

A research assistant’s (RA’s) primary responsibilities are research related. A research assistant assists a faculty member (or multiple faculty members) in research. Funding is provided from a faculty member through research grants and positions are found through direct relationships with faculty. RAs include tuition support.

RAs are mostly awarded to PhD students.

General Funding Guidelines: RA positions include tuition support and a monthly stipend, which can vary depending upon the responsibilities of the position. Research assistants are responsible for adhering to policies outlined in the TA/RA Handbook.

How To Find Available RA positions

To see a list of faculty currently looking for RA prospects, please review the links below. These available opportunities are organized per school and are updated as changes occur.

We ask that only current graduate students or prospective graduate students who have submitted an application for an upcoming term or have been admitted, contact faculty about these opportunities. When reaching out to faculty, please include your ASU ID number and PhD program.