Graduate Assistantships

About assistantships

Enrollment requirements

Fall and spring: To hold a graduate assistantship a student must be admitted to a department or major area with a specific graduate degree objective. A graduate assistant must be enrolled for credit during the fall and spring semesters.

Summer: Graduate assistants are not required to register for courses during the summer term. Graduate assistants employed in the summer but who are not registered for courses during the summer term are subject to FICA and Medicare taxes; fees for recreation center usage; limited access to libraries and health center fees.

International students

All international graduate students who wish to be employed as teaching assistants at Nebraska must attend the International Teaching Assistant Institute. The summer institute, a concentrated 90-hour program, is held the last week of July and the first week in August. For more information on the availability of assistantships, contact the appropriate departmental graduate committee chair.


Tuition remission of up to 12 hours per semester is provided as a benefit of eligible assistantship employment.

Students holding eligible assistantships are provided basic individual student health insurance coverage at reduced cost to the student. The student health insurance plan covers accidents and illnesses to a maximum of $250,000 per policy year.

If a student resigns or the assistantship is terminated during the semester before 4 full months of service have been completed, all tuition benefits will be lost. The student is then responsible for paying the total tuition cost and health insurance premium.

To be eligible for benefits, an assistantship needs to meet all of the following criteria:

  1. The appointment is continuous for 4 full months within the semester.
  2. The stipend meets the minimum requirement set by the Office of Graduate Studies.
  3. The assistantship or combination of assistantships in one or more departments totals at least 13.33 hours and no more than 20 hours per week.

For more information

The Graduate Catalog provides a detailed explanation of benefits and requirements. Further questions can be directed to Caroline Knuth.

How to be considered for an assistantship

Meet the eligibility requirements

See About Assistantships above. Eligibility is limited to students admitted toward a specific graduate degree objective; non-degree students are not eligible.

Ask your department's graduate chair

To be considered for a graduate teaching assistantship (GTA) or a graduate research assistantship (GRA), contact the graduate chair of your department.

Administrative assistantships are much less common but may be open to broader sets of applicants.

Check for openings posted publicly

Most assistantships are not assigned this way, but we'll post openings here if we hear about them.

All information is subject to change. The best source of information on any position listed here is the office or department offering the position. Openings are most likely to be posted here in spring for administrative assistantships beginning the following August.