The School of Information Sciences has various assistantship positions available which are awarded on a competitive bases to qualified students (campus and distance). An assistantship is a financial award to a graduate student for part-time work while pursuing an advanced degree. Appointments are normally on a one-fourth to one-half time basis, usually requiring 10 – 20 hours of service per week. Positions include a waiver of tuition and maintenance fees for the period of the appointment in accordance with university policy.
Types of assistantships offered through the School include the following. (Please click on a link below to see a description before applying.)
- Graduate Teaching Assistantship – 9-month appointment. Requires 10 work hours per week. Assigned to a faculty member. Includes tuition waiver and stipend of $6,255. Start: August
- DE Support Graduate Assistantship – 12-month appointment. 2nd year students only. Requires 10-20 work hours per week. Includes tuition waiver and stipend of $6,255. Start: August or when available.
- Graduate Research Assistantship or other graduate assistantships – 9 or 12 month appointments vary greatly depending on the project. Requires 10-20 work hours per week. Includes tuition waiver; stipend may vary. Start: When available.
- Hourly Student Assistant Position - Other positions available through SIS include hourly jobs that require 10-20 hours a week. These positions do not include tuition waivers but provide beneficial experience to students looking to augment their studies and participate in research projects for special grants through the School, the Center for Information and Communication Studies, or the Oak Ridge National Labortatory.
To apply for any or all assistantship positions available, select the link below. Only one application should be submitted, and it will be held on file for one year. Your application must include the following:
- Selection of which position(s) you are seeking.
- A current resume
- Two (2) letters of recommendation from professional references
- A personal statement answering the following question: "Considering your academic and/or work history, why should you be selected for an assistantship position with the School of Information Sciences?"
Undegraduate grade point average, graduate grade point average, and/or GRE scores will also be considered. Applicants may also be contacted for a phone call interview as part of the evaluation process.
Students are encouraged to apply early before each upcoming academic year. Applications for assistantship positions beginning in the fall must be submitted by March 1. Awards will be announced beginning April 1 and will continue as funding is available. Funding becomes available at different times throughout the academic year and selections will be made from the pool of applicants.