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Nearly 1,700 incoming and continuing graduate students hold graduate assistantships in various departments, schools, offices, and centers across campus.

  • Full-time “regular” GAs work 20 hours per week (on average).
  • Part-time “partial” GAs work 10 hours per week (on average).
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Tabitha Lowery GA , Teaching assistant  works with English students in Colson Hall

Graduate Teaching Assistants

Teach courses, laboratory sections and recitation sections, or provide other forms of instructional assistance. These assistantships are generally available only through academic units.

Appointment Deadline: No later than the end of the second week of classes in the fall or spring term.

WVU undergraduate student Liza Grossman, (right) performs research in her lab with her professor Dr. Elizabeth Engler-Chiurazzi, (left) at the Erma Byrd Biomedical Research Center

Graduate Research Assistants

Help faculty members with their research activities. These assistantships are primarily funded by grants and other third-party sources. Depending on the funding source, some research assistantships may not be available to non-U.S. residents.

Appointment Deadline: No later than the end of the fifth week of classes in the fall or spring term.

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Graduate Service Assistants

Work in an administrative or service office typically related to your program of study that contributes to your educational experience.

Appointment Deadline: Any time. To receive tuition waivers and health insurance for fall or spring, appointments must be made by the fifth week of term.

Dr. Omar Abdul-Aziz discusses his stream health research with students Samira Jahan and Md. Tanvirul Islam on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023

Regular vs. Partial Graduate Assistants

Full-time or “regular” GAs work an average of 20 hours per week and part-time or “partial” GAs work an average of 10 hours per weeks. Both regular and partial GAs must be academically enrolled full-time.


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