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Graduate Assistantships/ Fellowships


A limited number of Graduate School Fellowships, awarded solely on the basis of academic merit, are available. Competition for them is very intense, and in recent years, mostly doctoral students have received the fellowships. Recipients must be nominated by their academic departments.

Fellowships are normally awarded in the fall term for the academic year. The fellowship includes a stipend and remission of tuition. Fellows are required to carry a full graduate program. Apply by February 1.

Fulbright Students

Effective Fall 2011, the Graduate School will provide one year (up to 20 credits) of tuition remission for Fulbright Students enrolling in a Ph.D. Program, and two years of tuition remission (up to 20 credits per year) for Fulbright Students enrolling in a Masters Program. No Fulbright Student may receive more than two years of tuition remission from the Graduate School. As always, tuition remission applies to fall and spring semesters only and does not cover winter or summer terms. (Masters students are eligible for two years of tuition remission because so few are provided graduate assistantships following their first year.)

Graduate Assistantships

Only degree-seeking students in the iSchool are eligible for assistantships available through the College. Those assistantships, funded by the College and affiliated departments, are awarded through the Student Affairs Office.

iSchool students have also obtained assistantships through the UM Libraries and various administrative offices around campus.

Some on-campus assistantship positions are listed on the Human Resources’ Graduate Assistant Job Listings webpage as well as the University Libraries Employment Opportunities website

Resident Life Assistantships, with the same benefits and either live-in or non-live-in positions, are available in limited numbers. For information, contact:

Department of Resident Life
Room 0109 Cecil Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 314-7598

Assistantships currently provide a stipend for a 9.5 month period and tuition remission for up to 10 credits per semester in exchange for 20 hours of work per week. Partial assistantships are also available. The current stipend amount can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Offer Letters

When a graduate assistantship assignment is made, a letter will be mailed from the Assistant Dean to the address you have on file. If you agree to the terms of the assistantship as stated in the award letter, sign and return it to the Student Affairs Office as soon as possible.

Office/Mailbox Assignments

New Graduate Assistants (GAs) need to go to the Dean’s Office (Hornbake 4105) to obtain keys to their offices and mailbox assignments. You should do this as soon as possible at the beginning of your first semester as a GA.

Insurance/Payroll Information

New GAs should also see Kathleen Fominaya in the Dean’s Office (Hornbake 4105) as soon as possible regarding any questions they have about available insurance packages and special payroll needs such as direct deposit. The sooner you begin the paperwork for these, the quicker you'll be enrolled for insurance benefits and the faster your direct deposit request will be processed by your bank.