We offer three types of assistantships: 

Graduate Assistantship (GA) positions are offered to selected full-time graduate students to assist with general departmental/programmatic needs. All graduate assistants must apply for a GA position. Candidates for GA positions are selected by specific graduate programs/departments and offers are approved and extended by the Dean of The Graduate School. The standard minimum hourly rate for graduate assistants is currently $8.00. However, hourly rates may vary based on budget availability of the hiring department. As part of the GA package, students also pay a reduced tuition rate of $25 per semester (plus all student fees).

Available Graduate Assistant positions can be found on Handshake.

Administrative staff and faculty looking to appoint, reappoint or find other detailed information on GA procedures may refer to the GA Processing page.


Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) are appointed to perform research activities that are related to the student’s academic program and Augusta University’s research mission. 9-month GRAs receive an annual stipend of $21,750 and 12-month GRAs receive an annual stipend of $29,000.  GRAs pay a reduced tuition rate of $25 (plus all student fees).  As part of the GRA package, students also have a portion to all of their health insurance covered.

There is no application process for Graduate Research Assistantships. GRAs are appointed to selected Biomedical PhD, Biostatistics PhD, or Nursing PhD students. 


Graduate Research/Teaching Assistantships (GRA/GTA) are assigned responsibility for teaching duties that are related to his/her academic program under the direct supervision of a faculty member who is credentialed in the teaching discipline. GRA/GTAs are also responsible for maintaining duties in the research lab for the progression of their academic degree.12-month students receive an annual stipend of $29,000. GRA/GTAs pay a reduced tuition rate of $25 (plus all student fees). In addition, students have a portion to all of their health insurance covered.

GRA/GTA are appointed to selected Biomedical PhD or Biostatistics PhD students. 


All assistantship appointment offers must be approved and extended by the Dean of The Graduate School. This page includes descriptions, expectations, stipends and links to position openings of Augusta University’s graduate assistantships.

  • Maintain enrollment in the minimum number of credit hours as required for a GRA in my graduate degree program at Augusta University. Maintain full time enrollment in an eligible doctoral program as defined by individual programs.
  • Make satisfactory academic progress.
  • Adhere to all policies and procedures of The Graduate School and Augusta University.
  • Ensure health insurance coverage that meets the requirements of the Board of Regents for the duration of the assistantship.
  • Other specific eligibility requirements defined by the program/department.


Council of Graduate Schools April 15 Resolution

Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees, and Assistants

“Acceptance of an offer of financial support* (such as a graduate scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, or assistantship) for the next academic year by a prospective or enrolled graduate student completes an agreement that both student and graduate school expect to honor. In that context, the conditions affecting such offers and their acceptance must be defined carefully and understood by all parties.”

“Students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15; earlier deadlines for acceptance of such offers violate the intent of this Resolution. In those instances in which a student accepts an offer before April 15, and subsequently desires to withdraw that acceptance, the student may submit in writing a resignation of the appointment at any time through April 15. However, an acceptance given or left in force after April 15 commits the student not to accept another offer without first obtaining a written release from the institution to which a commitment has been made. Similarly, an offer by an institution after April 15 is conditional on presentation by the student of the written release from any previously accepted offer.”

* This Resolution applies to offers of financial support only, not offers of admission.

Augusta University supports this resolution.  The resolution and full list of members and institutions that support it can also be found on the CGS website.

Contact Us

Emily Crider
Director, Graduate School Business Operations
The Graduate School
Augusta University
1120 15th Street, CJ 2201
Augusta, GA 30912