The George Washington University has three types of assistantships for graduate students: Instruction-related Assistantships and Research Assistantships.

  • Academic Assistantships employ graduate students to assist professors with academic work. Duties could include grading assignments, preparing academic materials or assisting with an academic journal. 
  • Instruction-Related Assistantships employ graduate students to assist professors with teaching courses. Duties could include Blackboard management, hosting office hours, leading discussion sections or serving as an Instructor of Record. 
  • Research Assistantships employ graduate students to assist professors with their research. Duties could include data collection and analysis, grant writing, or general research support.



Assistant­ship awards are usually made for the full academic year (but can also be one semester only). Responsibilities vary among departments, but work must average no more than 20 hours per week during the academic year.  

Compensation varies by the type of graduate assistantship role. All Graduate Assistants are paid a monthly salary. Assistant­ship salary payment amounts may vary by school, department, or sponsored project. In addition to receiving a monthly salary, some graduate assistants may also receive a stipend or tuition coverage.

How to Obtain an Assistantship Position

All assistantships are offered and managed directly by departments. If you are interested in obtaining an assistantship, please reach out to your department to inquire about current assistantship availabilities.

Assistantship Policies