Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships

An assistantship is awarded to a graduate student who provides teaching (teaching assistantship: TA) or research (research assistantship: RA) support to the University that is a part of his/her academic program. In recognition of this support, the tuition and a portion of health care (but not fees) are provided by the grant/contract funding agency or through the University.

Eligibility Criteria

To be appointed, to retain an appointment, or to be reappointed, a student must hold Regular (not Provisional) status, must maintain a cumulative average of at least B (3.00) in any course work taken, must be eligible to register (i.e., must not have more than three viable grades of Incomplete on his or her academic record), must be enrolled in a graduate degree program scheduled to extend through the entire period of the appointment or reappointment, and must be a full-time student.

Appointment Type and Duration

Effort devoted to the duties of a graduate assistantship typically range between 10 and 20 hours per week (also sometimes called a “half GA” and “full GA” respectively). Appointments ordinarily are made for the nine-month period, August 23 through May 22, but may be of shorter duration for a variety of reasons.

GA Payroll Deduction

Graduate Assistants are eligible to use payroll deduction as a method of paying university charges not covered by their tuition waiver. There is no additional cost for participating in the payroll deduction plan. Instructions on how to enroll in GA Payroll Deduction are available through the Bursar at this page.

Payroll, Benefits, and Health Insurance

The Human Resources web site has an extensive compilation of information on graduate assistant medical benefits, payroll, and policies. Health Insurance benefits can be found here.

Stipend Rates

Stipend rates for graduate assistants are graduated in terms of progress toward the advanced degree and experience.

  • Level B/I: for graduate assistants with at least the baccalaureate.
  • Level M/II: for experienced graduate assistants in a doctoral program with at least the master’s degree or its equivalent in the field of graduate study. Equivalency consists of thirty graduate level content course credits of appropriate course work beyond the baccalaureate completed at the University of Connecticut, together with admission to a doctoral program.
  • Level P/III: for students with experience as graduate assistants who have at least the master’s degree or its equivalent and who have passed the doctoral general examination.

Supplemental Employment

Graduate Assistants seeking employment beyond their GA appointment must complete the online Supplemental Employment Approval form, which requires their advisor’s approval and is submitted to The Graduate School for final approval.

Current Opportunities

ITS Application Development

Information Technology Services (ITS) is seeking candidates for a Graduate Student PHP Application Development position.  The position will require developing and maintaining PHP web applications.  This position will assist the Applications and Technology Solutions (ATS) development team understand, analyze, design, develop, test, support, maintain and document various PHP applications.

Candidates for this position should have experience with PHP as well as experience with JavaScript and HTML, or extensive experience with other programming languages such as Java or Python and extensive SQL experience with other relational databases.  Experience with object oriented PHP and complex SQL queries is desired as well as experience with JavaScript and JavaScript frameworks such as jQuery. Experience with CSS and front end web development is a plus.

This is a full graduate assistantship that requires working 20 hours per week during the semesters.

Responsibilities include:

  • Analyze, understand and document client requirements
  • Collaborate with PHP development team to maintain and enhance existing PHP applications, as required
  • Produce clean, efficient PHP applications based on specifications
  • Leverage SDLC tools for tracking, code release and deployment
  • Execute initial application testing prior to user acceptance testing (UAT) release
  • Gather and evaluate user feedback
  • Recommend and execute improvements
  • Create technical documentation on solution design
  • In addition, the person may be required to attend training sessions, requirements gathering sessions and staff meetings and complete miscellaneous duties as directed


  • General Programming Skills
  • Experience with PHP
  • Candidate must have strong analytical skills with high attention to detail and accuracy
  • Must have excellent communication skills
  • Logical and structured thinking
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting
  • This person should have an interest in leveraging technology to improve business processes and efficiency.
  • Familiarity with Agile development methodologies
  • Familiarity with JavaScript, HTML and CSS is desired
  • Experience with API’s is desired
  • Preferred experience with Oracle and MySQL
  • Familiarity with MVC (model-view-controller) concept

Application Process: 

Interested students should contact Jessica Hethcote at to apply. Please include a resume.

The University of Connecticut is an EEO/AA employer.