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Graduate Funding Options

Graduate students can receive financial support through fellowships, teaching and research assistantships, student employment and loans.


A fellowship is an arrangement in which financial support is given to graduate students to pursue their degrees. Fellowships are generally merit-based awards intended to support a student in a full-time course of study. Research available fellowships for admitted and continuing graduate students.

Teaching and Research Assistantships

Common forms of professional development and financial support for graduate students at ASU are teaching and research assistantships.

Assistantships carry a monthly compensatory stipend for services rendered, include activities that are relevant to each student’s own program of study, and contribute to ASU’s teaching and research effort. Each department publishes assistantship opportunities. Assistants must be enrolled for a minimum of six credit hours each semester (audit hours do not count towards the six hour minimum); appointments can range from 10 to 20 hours a week. Stipend amounts can vary according to the responsibilities of the position.

There are two assistantship categories:

  • Teaching assistants have a primary responsibility in an instructional capacity. Services provided by a graduate teaching assistant may include lecturing, leading discussion groups, serving as an assistant to laboratory classes, and grading tests and papers.
  • Research assistants are selected for excellence in scholarship and promise as researchers. They do part-time research as a portion of their training under the direct supervision of regular faculty members.

Graduate teaching and research assistant vacancies are posted by the hiring unit (usually on their website or their college's website). Students are encouraged to contact those units where their academic credentials, skills, and experience match.

All first-time TAs are required to participate in the Teaching Assistant Development (TAD) program.

All international applicants who are from a country whose native language is not English, and who wish to apply for teaching assistantships, must pass the Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK) test. Students must earn a minimum score of 55 (50 if the position is for a lab assistant or a tutor). For additional information, please contact the International Teaching Assistants (ITA) department located at the American English and Culture Program in the Engineering Center Annex (ECANX).

Graduate Student Employment

Graduate students are eligible for hourly, work-study and stipend positions. Once admitted, students can search for positions online via ASU's student employment services.