Graduate Student Appointments & Fellowships
Graduate assistantships and lectureships provide a supervised opportunity for Mason students to gain experience in their field of study through teaching, research, or professional career preparation.
The programs are designed to help students complete their degree requirements.
The Office of Graduate Education oversees graduate student hiring policies, as well as associated appointment documents.
There are three classifications, identified by the student’s job responsibilities.
- Graduate Research Assistant: A student participating directly in research or research-support activities under faculty supervision.
- Graduate Teaching Assistant: A student acting as an instructor under faculty supervision. The student might or might not be the instructor of record.
- Graduate Professional Assistant: A student participating in a non-teaching/non-research position performing work in which they gain experience related to their academic program and that is significantly connected to their fields of study and career preparation.
Graduate Lecturers are students who are the instructor of record for a credit-bearing course for no more than 3 courses or 10 credit hours per semester. Faculty supervision is required.
- Graduate Student Hiring Rules & Procedures
- Health Insurance for Graduate Students
- In-state Eligibility for Doctoral and MFA Students
- GTA, GRA, or GPA Appointment Offer Letter
- Graduate Lecturer Appointment Offer Letter
- Centrally Allocated Fellowship Offer Template
- Work Authorization Form (to be used when students request to work more than 20 hours per week)
- Transcript Release for Employment Purposes Form (to be included with GTA Instructor of Record Appointment Letters and Graduate Lecturer Appointment Letters)
- Graduate Professional Assistant Position Description Form
- Minimum Compensation Rates and Appointment Dates for GTAs, GPAs, and GRAs (AY2018-19)
- Graduate Funding Definitions
For more information, contact the graduate education coordinator at 703-993-8912.
Fellowships are often awarded to students who excel academically, but need financial aid to complete their work. These programs are designed to enhance skills and boost careers. Some can involve study abroad.
A fellowship can fund a masters or doctoral student's:
- Language study.
- Professional development.
- Independent projects.
The Office of Graduate Fellowships works to increase Mason students’ awareness of, and participation and success in, extramural fellowship competitions by offering application workshops, individual coaching, and feedback.