Western Kentucky University awards assistantships to select graduate students. Educational goals at WKU are met in at least two important ways by the Graduate Assistantship program. Graduate assistantship stipends serve as the primary means of support for many graduate students enabling them to pursue higher degrees and grow professionally through the development and application of discipline-based knowledge. At the same time, the University gains the benefit of assistant-provided, high quality services at reasonable cost. Thus, the graduate assistantship program is mutually beneficial to both the student and the University.
Note: graduate assistantship scholarships cannot be awarded during the Winter term.
Appointment to an Assistantship
available to you. Please direct any inquires to the Student Financial Assistance office.
There are additional language requirements and tax implications for international students participating in the program. Please read this section carefully if you are an international student interested in becoming a graduate assistant at WKU.
Please note: all graduate assistants are charged in-state tuition rates, regardless of residency or term.
There are four different Graduate Assistantship appointments.
Research Assistantship (GR)
Teaching Assistantship (GT)
Assistant Instructor (GI)
The combined load of teaching responsibilities and graduate course enrollment may not exceed 15 hours per semester.
The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) mentors graduate students via the Best Practices in Mentoring and College Teaching (BPMCT) training program. The Graduate School encourages all graduate students who have an interest and passion for teaching to complete the BPMCT training program. The BPMCT training program must be completed if a graduate student wishes to serve as an instructor of record under the Graduate Assistant Instructor (GI) designation. If you are interested in completing the BPMCT training program, please send an email of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the Center for Faculty Development, please visit the site.
General Assistantship (GG)
WKU offers an excellent subsidized health insurance plan which graduate assistants may opt-in to at minimal cost. Students with a 20-hour/week assistantship are eligible to enroll in the Graduate Assistant Health Insurance program. Upon processing of the Graduate Assistantship Agreement, you will receive an email with instructions as to how to enroll. You must opt-in to this program each semester you wish to participate.
Click on the heading to find a listing of known, available graduate assistantships.
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