a contract between the student and the department sponsoring the assistantship position
a financial award and stipend for full-time graduate students
a limited service award made for the performance of specific teaching or research tasks
a student-held position, where the graduate student is funded by the University to work on a graduate project
There are two types of graduate assistantships: teaching assistantships (TA) and research assistantships (RA). TAs and RAs receive a full or partial tuition waiver and a small living stipend. TAs are required to perform teaching duties. RAs are required to perform research duties, not necessarily related to the student's thesis research.