Graduate assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are appointments made to students enrolled in a master's or doctoral program at Wayne State University. Appointments may be made for one, two or three semesters of the calendar year. These positions are offered by departments, although not all departments have assistantship positions. These positions usually come with a tuition scholarship, making the positions competitive.

To learn more about Graduate Assistantships in your department, please inquire with the department Graduate Program Director or a faculty whose research reflects your interests.  Explaining who you are and noting any prior relevant experiences helps facilitate the conversation.

Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) and Graduate Student Assistant (GSA) Positions for AY 2021-22
College of Engineering - All Departments

The Departments of the College of Engineering expect to fill several Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) and Graduate Student Assistant (GSA) Positions for the AY 2021-22 Academic Year. Candidates for these positions should be students in good standing in the Department's doctoral program, and who are qualified to teach and assist instruction of the Department's undergraduate and graduate courses. Benefits of the GTA appointment include a stipend, paid tuition up to 10 approved graduate credits per semester, and health insurance benefits.

Availability of GTA and GSA positions: Availability of new GTA and GSA positions may be limited because of reappointments, recruitment of incoming PhD students, and other prior commitments.

When available: GTA and GSA positions will begin on August 18, 2021, and extend through either December 31, 2021 (Fall semester appointment) or May 22, 2021 (full AY appointments).

Due date of applications: May 31, 2021 or as designated by your department. Consult your department's Administrative Assistant or equivalent staff person for more information.


Date by which hiring decisions will be made: June 15, 2021

Non-discrimination statement: Wayne State University and the GEOC recognize an obligation and reaffirm their commitment to achieve equal employment opportunity, non-discrimination, and non-harassment within the University. Accordingly, it is agreed that, consistent with University policies, the University and members of the bargaining unit shall not discriminate or harass on the basis of race, color, veteran status, height, weight, ethnicity, religion, creed, political affiliation, political beliefs, membership in any social or political organization, national origin, ancestry, marital or parental status, age, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, disability, or HIV status, of those capable of performing their professional duties.

Hiring Criteria: Successful applicants will be enrolled, full-time students in the department's doctoral program, who have demonstrated satisfactory academic progress toward the degree by: 1) on-time completion of required steps in the PhD program such as the written qualifying examination, oral qualifying exam , dissertation credits (999x), individual development plan (IDP), and annual Ph.D. student review ; and 2) achievements indicating progress in doctoral research such as publications and conference presentations. Applicants for reappointment should have demonstrated excellent teaching or service in their previous GTA or GSA appointment(s). GTA and GSA appointments will generally not be awarded to applicants who have been in the PhD program for longer than 5 years, or to applicants who have held GTA/GSA appointments in 6 or more previous semesters.

Note: Consult your Department Chair or Graduate Program Officer for information about any exceptions to these policies. All applicants must complete the GTA/GSA application form and return it to the department administrative assistant by the due date listed above.