Graduate assistantships allow graduate students to work for a specific University unit in exchange for certain benefits. Those benefits include:

  • Salary
  • Tuition coverage
  • Medical insurance benefit

Over 60 percent of graduate students at Purdue are on assistantships. There are two basic classifications of employment for students who are eligible for a graduate assistantship appointment:

  • Graduate staff performing teaching, research, academic counseling, or other activities directly supporting teaching and research under close faculty supervision.
  • Graduate administrative/professionals performing administrative or other duties not directly related to teaching or research.

Assistantship positions are hired at the department or unit level. Please contact the department graduate coordinator for more information on assistantship opportunities.


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