Recommendations for the appointment of teaching, research and administrative assistants are made by individual departments or programs. Assistantships are awarded with the expectation that service will be provided by the recipient.
Appointment Letters and position availability are initiated by the hiring department. For available assistantships, please contact the program directly
See the Graduate Assistants United (GAU) contract for additional benefits information. It’s recommended aspiring teaching, research and administrative assistants also familiarize themselves with disability services for students.
Eligibility & Benefits
Those receiving an Administrative, Teaching, and Research assistantship appointment must be enrolled in a graduate degree program, be registered for 6-to-12 graduate credits or 3 graduate credits for approved ABD Status (ABD status is not automatic and the student must apply for this status. Click here for a FAQ and application.) and be in good academic standing.
Stipend & Levels
|2023-2024 Academic Year Full-time Graduate Assistants (20 hrs/wk)|
|2023-2024 Academic Year Half-time Graduate Assistants (10 hrs/wk)|
|One Semester (Fall 2023 or Spring 2024) Full-Time Graduate Assistants (20 hrs/wk)|
|One Semester (Fall 2023 or Spring 2024) Half-time Graduate Assistants (10 hrs/wk)|
Appointment Letters and position availability are initiated by the hiring department. For available assistantships, please contact the program directly.
*PLEASE NOTE:Assistantship contracts take time to process and GAs will not receive late charges towards assistantship waivers. As long as the hiring department activated the job record, payroll will not be affected. Please keep in mind GAs have a portion of the bill they are responsible for and late fees will apply if payment is not made by the due date set forth by Enrollment Services. Once the assistantship waivers are posted, GAs are billed as a full-time student.*
Forms & Resources
Annual Teaching Assistant Training Workshop
Have an assistantship for the upcoming academic year? We encourage new and returning Teaching Assistants to join us for our Annual Graduate TA Training Workshop held during the summer. Click here to learn more.
|Additional 10 Hour Request Form - Level III ONLY||ONLY FOR LEVEL III STUDENTS. Request for additional 10 hours on hourly payroll during the academic year.|
|GAU Contract||Collective Bargaining Agreement between Graduate Assistants United (URIGAU/NEARI) and the Rhode Island Council on Postsecondary Education.|
|GradForms||Graduate School related forms|
|Graduate Assistant To-Do Checklist||Useful checklist for students to use when initiating their assistantship waivers and benefits.|
|Health & Dental Insurance||URI Health & Dental Insurance certificate of coverage and to self-enroll. (Health and Dental Insurance is a contractual benefit and it cannot be waived. Students who currently have health and dental insurance should use this benefit as secondary insurance.)|
|Human Resources Forms||Hiring forms needed: Bar of Claims Form, Drug Free Workplace Policy Acknowledgment, I-9 form, and SGA-1G/2G forms|
|Kingston Campus Map||View the map of the Kingston Campus which also indicates parking lot areas.
|Off-Campus Housing Database||This service aims to connect students, faculty and other members of the URI community to local landlords to find off-campus housing.|
|Payroll Department||View payroll schedule|
|TAP Parking Permits||IMPORTANT: GA commuter students can only park in commuter lots (#4, #7, #25 & #26). Resident GAs must park in their assigned lot. GAs are NOT eligible to park in the Faculty/Staff parking lots.|
|Tuition and Fees, Enrollment Services||Annual tuition and fees for full-time, part-time (per credit) students.|
Summer Research & Teaching Appointments
*NOTE: Summer appointment letters are initiated by the hiring department.
The summer term begins after the commencement ceremony, Sunday May 21, 2023 and ends six days before the Fall semester begins, Saturday, August 26, 2023.
Must have held an assistantship during the 2022-2023 academic year (Spring or Fall) as either full-time or half-time.
- Research Appointments:
- Job assignment is research based
- Must work for at least 2 consecutive pay periods
- Must be hired for at least 10 hours/week and not more than 40 hours/week
- Will be paid at the effective Graduate Student hourly rate
- Teaching as Instructor of Record Appointments:
- Job assignment is Teaching at least one three (3) credit course for at least one term of summer session
- Teaching Assistant (Not Instructor of Record) Appointments:
- Job assignment is assisting in a Summer Session term for a minimum of ten (10) hours per week for at least one term of summer session
- Union members will be deducted union dues.
- There are no fringe benefits beyond those accrued during the academic year assistantship.
- Registering for any credit-bearing activity during the summer is not required and there is no tuition remission during the summer term.
Summer 2023 Rates
Research Appointments graduate hourly pay rates:
Level I – $28.82
Level II – $29.86
Level III – 31.25
Teaching as Instructor of Record Appointments:
Instructors of record shall be paid $1,575 per credit hour taught from Summer Session funds, unless it is not a summer session course, for at least one term of summer session
Teaching Assistant (Not Instructor of Record) Appointments:
Shall be paid $1,575 ($31.50 hr) per summer term for a ten (10) hour work week from college, department or other non-Summer Session funds. The rate of pay for hours in excess of ten (10) is to be prorated at $1,575 ($31.50 hr) per ten (10) hours, not to exceed $6,300 per summer term at forty (40) hours per week.
Summer 2023 Dates
Session 1 (5/22-6/23, 5 weeks)
Session 2 (6/26-7/28, 5 weeks)
Session 3 (5/22-7/28, 10 weeks)