Assistantships & Funding Opportunities

 

Graduate assistantship positions are available to students in a variety of areas on the UMass campus. The assistantships are 10-30 hours/week, provide a full tuition credit, excellent benefits (including health care), a $25 hourly wage, and all are unionized positions.  Most assistantships are not guaranteed upon admission to a program.  Once you are accepted to the program, it will be your responsibility to seek out and apply for assistantships, with support from the program.  Students must be enrolled in 9 credits or more to maintain eligibility for assistantships awarded by the College of Education.

UMass offices post assistantship opportunities throughout the spring, summer, and into the fall semester, so we encourage you to be patient even if you do not have an assistantship lined up immediately. If you receive an assistantship of at least 10 hours after the start of the fall semester, your tuition waiver will be retroactive to the beginning of the semester.

 

University Resources for Finding Assistantships

  • Check with the Graduate School for assistantship listings, financial aid information, and grant and fellowship awards. 

  • The Office of Professional Development (OPD) positions graduate students and postdoctoral researchers for success in their careers at UMass and beyond. Building upon the academic and technical expertise of the scholars we serve, OPD provides professional skills training to cultivate strengths in the areas of career preparation, communication, grants and fellowships, personal development, and teaching

  • Take advantage of Career Services on campus for career preparation, preparing your resume, cover letter, or curriculum vitae (CV), job search, and interview help.

  • Follow the College of Education’s newsletter, which sometimes contains assistantship postings.

  • Consult the UMass at a Glance and Organizational Chart - which lists all offices and departments within UMass Amherst. If one is in your area of interest, check with them directly about possible assistantships.

  • Visit Financial Aid Services for information about applying for financial aid. 

  • Review your employee benefits and rights with the Graduate Employee Organization.

  • Apply for scholarships through the College of Education.

Funding Opportunities for 2019-2020 

Research Assistantships with the Center for Student Success Research (CSSR)

While students in the Higher Education program work one-on-one with their advisor to discuss funding options, the CSSR has three assistantships available during the upcoming academic year for students to engage in research projects. Preference for these assistantships is given to doctoral students. Interested students should note within their application materials assistantships that they are interested in and any relevant qualifications. To learn more about these projects and the CSSR, please visit our website.

Quantitative Research Assistant (20 hours)

One full-time (20 hours/week) research assistantship is available for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Responsibilities include:  This research assistant will work on quantitative analyses related to one of several active CSSR projects focused on success for underrepresented student populations. 

Qualifications include: The ideal candidate will have foundational statistics skills, a desire to learn advanced quantitative methods, and an interest in applying those skills to questions of success for underrepresented student populations.

For questions, contact Dr. Ryan Wells.

 

Mixed Methods Research Assistant (10 hours)

One part-time (10 hours/week) research assistantship is available for the 2019-2020 academic year. Strong possibility of summer funding. 

Responsibilities include:  This research assistant will work on an NSF-funded research project examining a community-university partnership designed to support the development of STEM aspirations among teenage girls. Research assistant will be responsible for assisting with survey research design and data collection in an interview format. Some travel to local communities (e.g., Holyoke, Chicopee) will be required.

Qualifications include: The ideal candidate will have both survey research and qualitative interviewing experience. Knowledge of Qualtrics, NVivo, and/or STATA is desirable. Completion of CITI training is required prior to the start of the assistantship.

For questions contact, Dr. Zeke Kimball.

 

Students with Disabilities Research Assistant (10-20 hours)

One part-time (10-20 hours/week) research assistantship is available for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Responsibilities include:  This research assistant will work on one of several active CSSR project focused on the postsecondary experiences of students with disabilities. 

Qualifications include: The ideal candidate will have prior experience working with people with disabilities (for example, in a work-study role or as a peer mentor). Priority will also be given to candidates with prior experience conducting qualitative and/or quantitive data analysis. Completion of CITI training is required prior to the start of the assistantship.

For questions contact, Dr. Zeke Kimball.