Student Support

Whether it's finding a fellowship to offset some of the cost of a graduate education or help polishing professional communication skills, the Graduate School's faculty and staff support a wide range of resources and assistance for students.  New Ph.D. students can be nominated for GASP via eGA. Funding for Master's students will be available again for the 2019-2020 academic year, with a deadline of early April 2019. For a complete list of funding programs available to students, visit our Funding pages.

Graduate Assistants and Teaching Assistants

Assistantships help students progress toward a graduate degree while providing resources to help accomplish the mission of the University.  The eGA system is available for the creation of Graduate Assistantship requests. Download instructions on how to create an Assistantship in eGA and check the eGA FAQs. For more information, contact  To facilitate changes to current eGA roles, please submit our eGA and Academic Petition Role Change Request Form.

To be eligible for appointment as a graduate assistant or teaching assistant, applicants must meet the terms and conditions located in the Provost’s Academic Personnel Procedures Handbook.

Human Resources also outlines employment policies that apply to graduate and teaching assistants, including these highlights:

  • Students may work up to 40 hours per week during the summer semesters, unless the student is enrolled in summer classes.
  • Applicants must complete employment paperwork with Human Resources or the International Student Scholar Office no later than the first day of employment.
  • Salary is paid twice monthly, on the 15th and last business day of each month.

Tuition Support (GASP)

The Graduate School provides full tuition support for doctoral students via the Graduate Assistant Support Program (GASP). GASP funds are administered by the Graduate School and pay tuition and health insurance for eligible students for up to five years.  Learn more.

Mentoring & Advising

The role of graduate advisor and mentor is crucial - not only to our students, our disciplines, and the University, but to all who stand to benefit from the contributions made by those we advise and mentor. These resources can help you improve your effectiveness as a mentor and an advisor.  Learn more.


Twice a year, the Graduate School hosts New Graduate Student Orientation.  The program introduces students to the University, the graduate community and the broad range of resources and services available to support their success.  The Center for Graduate Life coordinates the events and has up-to-date information on dates, times and locations.


Workshops offered through the Center for Graduate Life’s website address the five competencies that are vital for graduate student success: Communication, Leadership, Teaching and Instruction, Professional and Personal Responsibility, and Research and Scholarly Inquiry.  


The Center for Graduate Life works to create a strong graduate community by promoting shared experiences, discourse and activities designed to support interdisciplinary learning. Located in the Cone Center, the CGL is home to the Graduate Life Fellows (GLFs), graduate students who work with the Graduate School to provide peer mentorship and social programming for graduate students. For more information, visit the Center for Ggraduate Life’s website.


GSPG provides advocacy and resources for graduate students, including travel support.  Dr. Katherine Hall-Hertel, Associate Dean for Graduate Academic and Student Affairs, advises GSPG.

Faculty Representative 

A Graduate Faculty Representative, selected by the Graduate School, serves on the student’s advisory committee to protect student rights and uphold University standards and policies.The Graduate Faculty Representative is a voting member of the doctoral committee and has the same standing on the committee as the members representing the student’s discipline.  Visit the Graduate School's Faculty Representative web page for information.


The graduate student Ombudsman is available for consultation with graduate students on any issue a student may be facing that they would prefer not to share with their normal advisors.  Discussions with the ombudsman are confidential to the extent possible. For more information or to make an appointment, view the Ombudsman web page or contact Dr. Bruce Taylor, graduate student Ombudsman, at 704-687-5347.