Graduate assistants at UW-Madison play a vital role to supporting instruction, projects, and research at the University. There are three different types of assistantships across various departments and divisions at UW. It is important to note that the majority of graduate assistant positions are not posted publicly or available to all graduate students. Instead, they are “owned” by particular graduate programs and are reserved for students in those programs. Programs use their own internal processes to award assistantships to students. To find out how your program awards assistantships, we recommend you contact your program of interest. For more information on the UW-Madison Graduate School, visit their their website at grad.wisc.edu.
There still exist a smaller number of graduate assistant positions which are not reserved for students in particular programs, and any graduate student can apply for those positions. Generally, these positions are posted relatively close to the time they will start, so positions that start in the fall semester will usually be posted in July or August. To view available graduate assistant positions, simply click the button below:
Graduate assistantships appointed at 33.3% or higher (>13 hours/week) provide multiple benefits:
- a monthly stipend;
- remission of both resident and non-resident tuition (students will still need to pay segregated fees, roughly $726/semester); and
- eligibility for health insurance (health insurance options for a reasonable premium are among the country’s best group health insurance plans).
Students also gain valuable skills through assistantship roles. This work may apply directly to their career goals or build broad, transferable skills in areas like communication, teamwork, and leadership.
“Through this position, I have developed a broad understanding of higher education issues… and continued to strengthen my applied analytical and technical skills.”
Instructional positions that include such duties as lecturing, grading papers, supervising laboratories, leading discussion sections, or developing course curriculum
Project-related assignments such as coordinating programs, organizing events, analyzing data, or supporting student services
Research under the guidance of a faculty member
In spring 2017, campus leadership charged a workgroup to transition policy from the former Teaching Assistants Association contract to a Graduate Assistant Policies and Procedures (GAPP) document. The GAPP document was released in spring 2019 after a collaborative process involving graduate students, faculty, staff, and administration, formally documenting employment practices for teaching assistants and project assistants.
Contact the Graduate School:
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706
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