Graduate Assistantships at East Falls

Through the East Falls Campus Graduate Assistantship Program, the University awards a limited number of annual assistantships to new applicants on the basis of exceptional scholastic achievement, outstanding professional promise, and competence for service in the departments of the University.

The objectives of the Graduate Assistantship Program are to provide professional experiences that complement graduate instruction and research while contributing financial assistance to exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees at Thomas Jefferson University.

This assistantship program is designed to aid in the successful completion of the degree being pursued and to enhance career opportunities through applied professional experiences. All graduate assistant duties are designed to foster student training and graduate learning experiences.

Consult with your specific College/School for the availability of graduate assistantships.

Program Description & Requirements

A student awarded a graduate assistantship receives tuition remission up to 18 credits a year and a yearly stipend of $2,606.

A full graduate assistantship has a 14 hour per week job with a maximum of 1,000 hours per calendar year. Prorated assistantships have jobs with commensurately fewer hours. For international student recipients, a student visa that permits on-campus work for compensation is required. Graduate assistants are students and may not be employed under any other employment category by the University, such as adjunct faculty or part-time staff.

Graduate assistantships are initially awarded for no longer than one academic year. Graduate assistantships are not renewed automatically, unless specifically stated in writing. Appointments are for a maximum of four semesters.

When tuition remission is included in the graduate assistantship, it may impact a student's eligibility for federal financial aid. Contact the Financial Aid Office (East Falls) regarding eligibility.

Application Process & Timeline

New applicants to graduate programs can apply via the Application for Graduate Assistantship form (PDF). Appointments are initially for up to two semesters or semester equivalents. The following criteria must be met:

  • You are expected to have been admitted fully and without academic provision.
  • You must have achieved a grade point average of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale in your undergraduate and/or previous graduate program.
  • You must submit the application and required attachments (cover letter and resume) by the published deadline to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Fall 2022 Term Application Timeline

December 1—the graduate assistantship application and graduate assistantship job descriptions will be posted

January 24—deadline to submit the graduate assistantship application

March 15—graduate assistantship applicants will be notified if they have received a graduate assistantship position

April 15—deadline for candidates offered a graduate assistantship to accept their graduate assistantship assignment


Graduate students with graduate assistantships may be reappointed for additional semesters or semester equivalents, for a maximum of four semesters. Reappointments may be processed when institutional or grant funds are available and the graduate students meet the following requirements:

  • Registered as current students for at least 9 credits
  • In good academic standing
  • Grade point average of 3.25 or higher
  • Satisfactorily performing their teaching, research or administrative duties
  • Completed the requisite self-evaluation at the end of each semester
  • Received a positive evaluation and a recommendation from the faculty work supervisor

After all reappointment documents are received by the Provost’s Office and final grades are posted, reappointments are processed in mid-May. If a student is not reappointed, they will receive a notice of non-renewal.

Other Graduate Student Opportunities

Below are other graduate student opportunities:


Hourly Wage

Additional Information

Graduate Research Assistant (hourly)


  • 14 hours/week during the school year (maximum of 1,000 hours/calendar year)
  • 29 hours/week during the summer (maximum of 1,000 hours/calendar year)
  • Tuition: optional based on available operating budget

Graduate Research Assistant (stipend)


  • Stipend: typically $1,000-$2,000/month based on available grant budget and granting agency policies
  • Tuition: optional based on available grant budget and granting agency policies

Graduate Teaching Assistant


  • 14 hours/week during the school year (maximum of 1,000 hours/calendar year)
  • 29 hours/week during the summer (maximum of 1,000 hours/calendar year)
  • Tuition: optional based on available operating budget