Assistantships and Fellowships

Graduate Assistants

The assistantship program is predicated on the idea that graduate students, given an oppor­tunity to assist the faculty, provide a service to the institution and also gain valuable experience through this work in association with the faculty. Appointments to assistantships are made by the dean of The College of Graduate Studies only upon recommendation by the student’s academic department. In those instances, in which the student indicates acceptance of an assistantship award after April 15, the student may not accept another appointment without first obtaining formal release for this purpose.

Applications for assistantships must be accompanied or preceded by application for admis­sion to the College of Graduate Studies. All applicants and current students with superior credentials including first-year international graduate students may apply for gradu­ate assistantships.

Graduate assistants may be assigned to instructional, research, and/or other academic duties as determined by the department in which the assistant is appointed and as approved by the dean of The College of Graduate Studies.

Graduate Assistant (GA) A GA is normally be assigned duties primarily focused on the conduct of research/scholarly activity.  A GA may be assigned teaching duties, but should not be the instructor of record.  Appointment is typically for the Fall and Spring semesters of an academic year.

Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) A GRA is only be assigned duties focused on the conduct of research/scholarly activity and will typically receive a twelve-month appointment.

Graduate Assistant/Intern (GA/I) A GA/I is a special category of graduate assistant designated to provide opportunities for university offices or departments, community companies or agencies, or other appropriate external sponsors to involve graduate students as academic assistants/interns in real life experiences related to their fields of study. 

Teaching Assistant (TA) A TA will only be assigned duties focused on instruction and may be the instructor of record for a regularly scheduled lower division undergraduate class.

Note: Additional academic services to the academic program in which the student is enrolled may be appropriate for all assistantship appointments.

A student appointed as a graduate assistant (GA, GRA, TA and GA/I) will be paid a stipend. The student transportation fee will be remitted during each term of appointment.  The department/agency of service will provide a stipend to the university which will be paid to the student through the normal stipend process for GA/I appointments. 

Assistantships require 20 hours per week during the Fall and Spring semester, including exam week, for duties to be assigned by the department chair. Graduate assistants assigned to class­room or laboratory duties are under the direct supervision of a full-service faculty member who will retain full responsibility for the maintenance of high academic and pedagogical standards.

The Chair of the department will be responsible for assessing the oral proficiency in English. Students who do not achieve a satisfactory rating will not be permitted to teach, and will be assigned non-teaching duties (research, grading, etc.)  International graduate students, who have been appointed as teaching assistants, including graduate assistants who are assisting with teaching duties, are required to demonstrate oral proficiency in English. The speaking subsection of a standardized test will be utilized in the assessment process.  For a TA, a minimum of 23 on the TOEFL is considered satisfactory; a score of 7 is considered satisfactory on the IBT.  

Graduate students who are in provisional status because of undergraduate coursework defi­ciencies cannot be appointed as teaching assistants until the required coursework is completed. Such students can be considered for research appointments. Exceptions to this policy may be considered and must be reviewed and approved by the dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

To remain eligible for the assistantship, an appointee must discharge his or her duties satisfactorily and maintain good academic standing. An appointee must maintain full-time enrollment (9 semester hours of degree-credit coursework per term for the regular academic year. In addition, students appointed as Graduate Research Assistants must also enroll in at least 6 semester hours during the summer term. With the advisor’s approval, graduate coursework that is not part of the graduate assistant’s degree program may be counted toward the 18-semester-hour minimum for the assistantship. Approval to carry more than 18 semester hours or fewer than nine semester hours in any semester may be granted by the dean of The College of Graduate Studies only upon clear justification from the student’s academic program department. (For a TA who is the instructor of record and has a teaching load of five to six semester hours, the minimum required enrollment is six semester hours, but the College of Graduate Studies must be notified of this). For a teaching assistant who is the instructor of record and has a teaching load of four semester hours or less, the minimum required enrollment remains at nine semester hours.)

Graduate assistants shall not hold other full-time employment but may accept occasional or temporary employment outside the University during the term of the assistantship, subject to the approval of the department chair or the program director of the department. Other employment on the YSU campus requires the approval of the dean of The College of Graduate Studies.

Each assistantship provides a stipend. Graduate assistants may also be awarded a Graduate College Premiere Scholarship 36.0.

Graduate College Premiere Scholarship

Graduate College Premiere Scholarship is typically provided for 36.0 semester hours

The Graduate College Premiere Scholarship 36.0 provides:

  • Up to 36sh of instructional fees during the combined fall and spring semesters and up to 12sh for the summer term (for graduate courses required to complete a single degree program) Note: Summer scholarships require renewal of the scholarship.
  • Nonresident tuition surcharge
  • Music performance fees (if applicable)

Criteria for Initial Award:

  • Acceptance for regular admission to the College of Graduate Studies (Exceptions may be granted by the graduate dean)
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Recommendation by the appropriate academic dean
  • Approval by the dean of graduate studies

To Maintain the Scholarship:

  • Student must remain in good standing
  • Student must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0-point scale for all graduate coursework
  • Student must maintain enrollment of at least 18 semester hours of degree-credit coursework for the academic year and no fewer than 9 semester hours in each of the fall and spring semesters (Exceptions may be granted by the graduate dean)
  • Making good progress towards degree completion, as determined by the department chair

Notes:

  • Awards are subject to availability of funds
  • This compensation may be subject to taxation
  • Typically, the initial scholarship will cover Fall and Spring terms and the renewal of scholarship will include Summer, Fall and Spring.

Failure to meet any of the criteria to maintain this scholarship will result in termination of the scholarship.

Graduate assistants who have been admitted with undergraduate course deficiencies will make up course deficiencies by taking the appropriate courses at their own expense.

For Students Applying for a Graduate Assistantship

FOR FACULTY HIRING GRADUATE ASSISTANTS:

Cushwa/Commercial Shearing Graduate Fellowship:

The Cushwa Fellowship is available to STEM students only. The Cushwa family, in conjunction with the YSU Foundation, established the Charles B. Cushwa, Jr./Commercial Shearing Inc. Graduate Student Scholarship/Fellowship Fund in 2003 to provide students the opportunity to pursue advanced degrees, acquire career experience, and offset some of the financial challenges of continuing their education. In addition, the community benefits from these scholars’ interactions with local businesses that bring the resources of the University into the local economy.

Please be sure to contact your graduate program director if you are interested in the Cushwa Fellowship. Application deadline is February 1st. If interested, please complete the application.

For PhD in Materials Science & Engineering Students:

Appointments to doctoral fellowships are made by the Dean of Graduate Studies upon recommendation of the program. No award may be committed to or made until the student has been admitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

If you are interested in applying for a PhD fellowship, fill and submit Doctoral Fellowship Application form.

Please return your application to the College of Graduate Studies, located in Coffelt Hall. If at any time you have questions or concerns with regard to the graduate assistantship or fellowship programs, please call us  at 330-941-3091, or visit us in Coffelt Hall.

For Graduate Assistant Interns (GAIs)

The areas of Student Experience, Student Success and Enrollment Management award several graduate assistant internships (GAI) each academic year to eligible graduate students. Contact these departments to inquire on openings.


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