Research & Project Assistantships
Beyond teaching assistantships, the Department offers individual assistantships to graduate students to assist with research, training, or other academic programs or projects. Most positions are a one-third workload, though some, particularly those that employ late-stage dissertations, may be higher. PAs and RAs are included in a labor agreement between the State of Wisconsin and the Teaching Assistants Association (TAA). Available positions are filled in accordance with the current contract.
A project or research assistant receives a salary, fringe benefits, and full tuition remission. Entering students typically do not apply for assistantships; they are awarded by the Admissions Committee, and often go to students starting the first stage (M.A. level) of the Ph.D. program. Additional assistantships are also available through various faculty members and research groups, and these are advertised to the graduate student body as they become available.