Assistantships & Funding Opportunities

Assistantships & Funding Opportunities

Graduate assistantship positions are available to students in a variety of areas on the UMass campus. Assistantships are generally 10-20 hours/week, provide a full tuition credit, excellent benefits (including health care) and all are unionized positions. Assistantships are not guaranteed upon admission to a program. Once you are accepted to a program, it will be your responsibility to seek out and apply for assistantships, with support from the program. Students with a full-time status (at least 9 credits or Doctoral Students with an approved full-time status override on spire) each semester will be prioritized for assistantships awarded by the College of Education.

UMass offices post open 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. Graduate employees shall qualify for a tuition waiver each semester provided they meet the minimum stipend or teaching responsibility requirements as outlined in Article 33 of the GEO Collective Bargaining Agreement 

College of Education Graduate Assistantship Appointment and Reappointment Procedures

The College of Education employs students to assist in instruction and projects and makes every effort to provide graduate assistantships that augment students’ academic preparation. The number of available assistantships varies from semester to semester as these positions are contingent upon multiple sources of funding. Therefore, the College must take many factors into account when making decisions regarding the allocation of assistantships.

Assistantships are awarded on a semester or annual basis and reappointment to a position is not guaranteed beyond the end of the contract.

 Criteria for appointment of graduate assistantships will be prioritized to support students who have: 

  • Full-time status (9 credits or more)
  • Specialized knowledge and skills related to the specific assistantship duties and responsibilities
  • Good academic progress in your program of study or demonstrated potential to make good academic progress

 Criteria for reappointment of graduate assistantships include:

  • Full-time status (9 credits or more)
  • Good academic standing and progress
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of the position
  • Past performance
  • Needs of the academic department and available funding
  • Other criteria specific to the position

Departments and Principal Investigators, with Department Chair approval, will post open and available assistantships to the College website or student list-serves, outlining duties, qualifications, and application instructions for each position. Graduate students seeking assistantships should follow the instructions for applying. Re- appointments are not posted.

Assistantships in the College of Education are generally 10-20 hours/week, unless approved otherwise by the Department Chair.

Description of Responsibilities

Schedule of Appointment and Reappointment 

Hiring Authorities and/or supervisors will review application materials and make recommendations for awarding assistantships to the relevant Department Chairs according to the schedule established by the Graduate Assistantship Office. Final decisions to award assistantships rest with the Department Chair.

By December 1 or April 15 of each semester, Department Chairs or their designee will notify each graduate student holding an assistantship, in writing, their expectations regarding whether or not they will be offered assistantships the following semester.

Students with fall appointments will be notified by December 1 of each fall semester; students with spring appointments or academic year appointments will be notified by April 15 of each spring semester.

Graduate School guidelines regarding assistantships can be found  here.  

Open Assistantships


Fall 2021 Teaching Assistantship, EPRA -- EDUC 115: Embracing Diversity

The Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration (EPRA) is looking to hire two 15-hour/week Teaching Assistants (TA) to join the teaching team for EDUC 115: Embracing Diversity (General Education DG & SB) for fall 2021.


Teaching Assistants will be expected to attend, and participate as needed, in all the lectures and engage with all of the course material. Each teaching assistant will also be responsible for leading two Discussion Sections for the course. As a discussion section leader, the TA responsibilities includes using Moodle to maintain all students’ records such as attendance and grades, as well as to create and lead thoughtful discussion activities that will allow students to engage meaningfully with the course material as well as with each other. Additionally, the TA will be responsible for holding weekly office hours.


The applicant should possess a critical consciousness about inequality in America, be self-motivated, with excellent organizational and communication skills, strong ability to collaborate across difference, social justice and diversity-oriented education experience, and a background in teaching and/or facilitating group discussion.

Priority will be given to applicants that meet the following criteria:

  • Doctoral students in the College of Education
  • Full-time status (9 credits or more, or equivalent full-time equivalent override)
  • Specialized knowledge and skills related to the specific assistantship duties and responsibilities
  • Good academic progress in your program of study or demonstrated potential to make good academic progress     
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of the position
  • Past performance (if applicable)

Instructions to Apply

Applications must be submitted using the following online application form.  The form will require you

to upload a letter of interest and your current CV, as well as provide general information about yourself.

EPRA TA Application Form: EDUC 115

Applications should be submitted by May 31, 2021.

For questions or concerns, please contact Jennie Southgate (


: 15 Hour Assistantship Available for International Student

SUPERVISOR: Ian Barron, Center Director

The Center for International Education Endowment fund was established in 2001 and each year since September of 2003, has provided an international student one year of funding to foster the internationally diverse community that is part of the fabric of CIE. We look forward to continuing this practice for the upcoming academic year. 

This is a 15 hour/week position for a full academic year (Fall 2021 and Spring 2022). The responsibilities/job description of the student funded from these funds has varied over the years.  Given the Center’s current needs, the job description will likely include a mix of responsibilities to support the Center in following areas.

Program Development

 Assist with the:

  • Coordination of program development efforts
  • Shaping of external/internal funding strategies
  • Identification of potential funding agencies in both government and non-government sectors
  • Management of an internal database to track faculty and student research areas
  • Development of funding proposals


Community Outreach and Communications

Assist with the:

  • “Marketing” of the Center
  • Development of social media and the communications strategy
  • Reaching out across UMass to faculty and students
  • Development of student engagement and community
  • Participation in the development of a CIE interdisciplinary advisory group


The applicant must be self-motivated, with excellent organizational and communication skills, and have the ability to collaborate across disciplines.  The applicant should be someone who values difference, social justice and diversity-oriented education experience, and has a background in teaching/facilitation and/or experience working with diverse students. Experience with academic administrative work, including Moodle, is preferred. 

Applications should be submitted by June 30th.  Please submit a letter of interest and current CV to  Please use the subject ‘CIE Endowment Scholar’ in your email application.

Position dependent on funding.



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.

  • College of Education career job talk video's

  • 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.