As a graduate student at Stevens, you may be eligible for a number of assistantships and fellowships. These highly competitive funding opportunities are limited in number and awarded to exceptional candidates on a merit basis by individual academic departments.
What Do Assistantships Include?
- Assistantships vary and may consist of tuition only, tuition and fees, or partial tuition, and may also include hourly pay or an annual stipend.
- You may receive an assistantship for up to three courses per semester during the fall and spring semesters.
- In exchange for the predetermined funding, you’ll have the opportunity to gain professional experience by working up to a maximum of 20 hours per week during the semester in an academic department related to your field of study.
- To maintain an assistantship, you must demonstrate satisfactory academic performance, including a minimum GPA of 3.0.
What Types of Assistantships Are Offered?
- Teaching Assistantships: Teaching assistantship appointments are awarded at the discretion of your department director. If you are selected to become a teaching assistant (TA), you will be assigned to a professor in the department to share his/her academic and administrative responsibilities, including:
- Teaching undergraduate classes.
- Leading labs and recitation sessions.
- Grading homework, etc.
Note: International students must demonstrate excellent English speaking abilities, as well as a working knowledge of the U.S. higher education system in order to become teaching assistants.
- Research Assistantships: Research assistant (RA) appointments are made by individual faculty members within a department or research center. If you are awarded an RA appointment, you will be expected to assist a faculty member or group of faculty members in performing research related to your field of study. The number of RA appointments, and the amount of funding you receive as an RA, varies according to the research initiatives of professors and departments.
How Much Is the Annual Stipend?
Graduate stipends for TA’s and RA’s for the 2018-2019 academic year are listed below, according to the level of completed education:
Bachelor's Degree: $22,935
Master's Degree: $24,283
All But Dissertation (ABD): $25,606
Stipends reflect academic year (fall and spring) earnings only. Additional stipend for the summer period is provided for qualified students.
How Do I Apply for an Assistantship?
The academic departments determine and award assistantships directly to students, while the Registrar's Office only administers the process. If you don’t receive an assistantship in your first year at Stevens, you may be able to pursue an assistantship within your department after you arrive.
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