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 their academic program. In recognition of this support, tuition is waived by the University and subsidized health insurance is offered. Graduate Assistants (GAs) are responsible for paying their student fees at the negotiated GA rate.

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.

In order to perform duties with direct instructional responsibilities, a graduate student appointed as a Teaching Assistant will need to provide proof of English proficiency. UConn’s English Proficiency Policy for TAs and Testing Procedures can be found here along with information about how to provide proof of proficiency.

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. GAs who wish to pay their fees through this option must enroll by the tenth day of each semester (enrollment in a prior semester does not carry over to the next; the GA must re-enroll).

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 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree, 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 on-campus employment in addition to a full-time (20 hour) GA appointment during the semester must complete the online Supplemental Employment Approval form, which requires their advisor’s approval and is submitted to The Graduate School for final approval. International students on UConn-sponsored visas are not able to work above 20 hours per week during the semester.

Current Opportunities

Project Manager /GA for Diabetes LIVE JustICE Study (20 hours/week)

Project Manager /GA for Diabetes LIVE JustICE Study (20 hours/week)

As a project manager (PM) of the American Diabetes Association Funded Diabetes Learning in Virtual Environments Just In time for Community Reentry (Diabetes LIVE JustICE) study, the applicant will be integral to study implementation and the overall success of the study.  The position will start on January 5, 2022, 20 hours a week through the academic year and the summer. Preference is given to applicants available to work through the summer and commit to the three-year project duration. Because our potential study participants work, the PM needs to be flexible as recruitment and data collection may require evenings and weekends. Training will start in early January. There will be opportunities for manuscript development and publication. If you are interested in this position, please email Dr. Louise Reagan ( with a copy of your CV.

Job description: Under the general direction of the Principal Investigator, the Research Project Director is responsible for the seamless operation of the study on a day-to-day basis, interacting with investigators, consultants, study participants, etc., to ensure project timelines and goals are met.  Specific responsibilities not limited to the following include:

  • Coordinate all study procedures, including recruiting, screening, enrolling, selecting, maintaining, terminating study subjects, data collection.
  • Travel to recruitment sites in Connecticut (e.g. CT Department of Corrections, Community Supervised Housing Facilities) as needed. Most study procedures will be conducted virtually, however.
  • Collaborate with investigators in the development and coordination of data collection, measures, and protocols.
  • Educate participants on access and use of virtual environment and completion of study surveys using cloud-based software.
  • Participate in developing, implementing, and ongoing functioning of the study tracking systems using REDCap and other UCONN-approved computer programs.
  • Prepare ongoing summary reports of various data sources, and collaborate with investigators on data presentation, interpretation, and the writing of manuscripts for publication and grant proposals.
  • Supervise the coordination of relationships with affiliated research sites and coordinate meetings of the project committee.
  • Perform other job-related duties as required.


  • PhD student preferred with Masters degree in a nursing or health care field
  • Experience with project development, including the development of protocols, forms, surveys, training materials, and evaluation procedures
  • Demonstrated experience in the use of computers and mobile applications, and smartphones
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, and organizational skills
  • Complete the Connecticut Department of Corrections Volunteer, Partners, and Professionals(VIP) program and background check.
  • Experience with Excel, SPSS, and redcap data management systems desirable, including projects and data management development.