How to Find a Graduate Assistantship Position
There are several options for finding a Graduate Assistantship position. You may use any or all of these options.
Option 1: Contact your academic department to learn about available GA opportunities.
- Your Graduate Program Director may be able to match you with faculty within the program that are seeking a graduate student for their research project.
- Faculty and Program Directors may not know which faculty have an approved research project until late in the Spring semester for the upcoming academic year.
- Individual faculty members are responsible for selecting their GA. They determine the skills and knowledge needed by a graduate student to best fit the research they will be conducting.
- The vast majority of graduate programs at KSU do NOT have guaranteed funded positions. Only the MS in Integrative Biology, MS in Chemical Sciences, and the Ph.D. in Data Science and Analytics fund their accepted students. The Ph.D. in International Conflict Management funds a selected number of students.
Option 2: Review the Graduate Job Board.
- Faculty members that have not identified a graduate student may post their position to the Graduate Job Board.
- Not all positions are posted to the Graduate Job Board, only position in which the faculty member has not been able to identify a student through the route in item #1 will post their positions.
- On average, about 10% of positions get posted to the Graduate Job Board.
- If you see a position for which you feel you meet the faculty members expectations, you may submit the required documents to the faculty member listed on the posting. The faculty member will review the materials and select a few for an interview.
- You use your KSU NetID and password to login to the Graduate Job Board. Once logged in you select the semester and then review the postings.
Option 3: You may submit an Application for a Graduate Assistantship.
- Submitted applications are kept in a secure folder. Faculty members may opt in to review student applications on a semester by semester basis.
- Faculty members may select applications to review. The faculty member will contact any students they choose to interview.
- Submitting an application does not guarantee selection for an interview or placement in a graduate assistantship position.
- Summer Application for a Graduate Assistantship.
- Fall/Spring Application for a Graduate Assistantship.