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College of Education and Human Services

Graduate Assistantship Packages

The College of Education and Human Services has several available graduate research assistantship (GRA) packages for the 2024-25 academic year. The priority deadline for applications is March 21st with any remaining positions to be filled out on a a rolling basis.

These packages include a stipend and tuition waiver depending on the hours worked (see table below) for master's students enrolled in at least 9 credit hours per semester and for doctoral students at least 6 credit hours per semester. All of these packages are for students enrolled in UNF graduate programs and priority will be given to students enrolled in College of Educations and Human Services programs. Waivers will only cover graduate coursework. Eligible students may reapply each year. 

Waiver Eligibility
Weekly Hours Worked Required Stipend Minimum Waiver Percentage Max Waiver* (9 credit hours)
10-14 $2,500 50% $1,836
15-19 $3,750 75% $2,755
20+ $5,000 100% $3,673


Graduate assistants may work from 5-20 hours per week for a maximum of 300 hours total for each semester. 20 hours per week or more is preferred. The work is compensated at a rate of $16.67 per hour. A GRA that works 20 hour per work would earn a total of $5,000 over the course of the semester and receive a 100% tuition waiver worth up to $3,673. 

*Those receiving the discounted rate will receive less waiver. 

We have two primary types of assistantships- Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) and Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs). Master's students are eligible to apply for GRA positions while doctoral students are eligible for either GRA or GTA positions and are welcome to apply for both.

Graduate Assistant Duties

Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) for those pursuing a master's or doctoral program

GRAs collaborate with faculty on research in a variety of ways - from helping with literature reviews to analyzing data. In addition to a graduate research orientation, GRAs will receive training and the opportunity to earn research badges which can be used to provide evidence of the research skills you will gain as a GRA for future applications as well as resumes and vitas. Faculty will work with GRAs to ensure that this opportunity provides a place to grow and develop your skills as well as participate in interesting and groundbreaking research.

Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) for those in the doctoral program

GTAs collaborate with faculty on teaching primarily undergraduate courses. GTAs faculty of record with preparing a course, delivering instructions, and assisting with student assessment. These positions give the GTA training to be able to teach in higher education and if potentially become the instructor of record for a course. Faculty will work with GTAs to ensure that this opportunity provides a place for you to develop your skills as a teacher in higher education and work with talented students.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility requirements for all graduate assistantship packages are as follows:

  • The applicant must:
    1. Have a completed application to a UNF graduate program that is either pending or accepted;
    2. Be a full-time graduate student enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester for master's students or 6 credit hours per semester for doctoral students;
    3. Have a minimum admission GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
    4. Strong preference is given for students in COEHS programs.

Requirements for continued eligibility for the remainder of the award period:

  • The award recipient must:
    1. Maintain a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale while enrolled in the graduate program;
    2. Maintain full-time enrollment in a UNF graduate program (minimum of 9 credit hours per semester for masters students or minimum of 6 for doctoral students);
    3. Maintain satisfactory performance as a graduate assistant.

Application process

  1. Prospective students should complete an application form via Qualtrics using the links below. Priority will be given to applications received on or before March 21st each year.
  2. When submitting your application please note that you will need to upload a current resume as well as a 1-page letter of intent which describes your professional goals, skills or experience that support the research or reaching skills you have gained previously, and why you should receive a graduate research assistantship. Be sure to highlight specifically any experiences that may be valuable to the College. We highly recommend you complete these two documents prior to starting the application.
  3. Applications received by the COEHS Dean's Office will be considered and applicants will be informed of our decision via email.

Apply to be a GRA

Those participating in a doctoral or master's program can apply to be a GRA.

Apply to be a GTA

Those participating in a doctoral program can apply to be a GTA.


If you are interested and in need of more information or have questions, please contact Daniel Dinsmore, Associate Dean for Research by email at