Graduate Assistantships

Colleges and Departments at USF St. Petersburg may provide Graduate Assistantships (GAs) to qualified students on a competitive basis. GAs may teach, conduct research, or have other responsibilities that contribute to the student’s professional development. All graduate assistants employed by USFSP work under a contract negotiated by the Graduate Assistants United (GAU) and the USF System Board of Trustees.

Who Awards Graduate Assistantships?

Graduate Assistantships are not awarded through the Office of Graduate Studies but are typically awarded through a specific Graduate Program/Department or College. The number of GA positions available in a given College or Department are based on funding from the university as well as grants awarded to individual faculty.

To determine if a graduate program awards GA positions as well as the specific eligibility requirements, students should contact the Graduate Program Director or Advisor in the department of study. Contact information may be found at our degree programs page.

Graduate temporary position openings are posted through Careers@USF, the Human Resources’ online application system. Please visit their site,, to search and apply for available openings.

To search off-campus employment opportunities, visit the USFSP Career Center or the USF Career Center. This will allow students to search the Career Centers’ online job listing database.

Graduate Assistant Eligibility

Eligibility requirements are applicable to all graduate assistant classification codes regardless of classification code and/or funding source. To receive an assistantship, the graduate student must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Accepted into a graduate degree program and meet the qualifications as specified by the graduate program
  • Meet the academic qualifications as specified by the GA job code
  • Meet appropriate verbal test scores if English in not the primary language
  • Maintain an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) and degree program GPA of 3.00
  • Enroll full-time during the semester(s) appointed as a graduate assistant. Full-time enrollment is considered 9 graduate credit hours in the fall semester, 9 graduate credit hours in the spring semester, and 6 graduate credit hours in the summer semester. If a graduate assistant is enrolled in the last semester of his/her program of study, the number of registered semester hours may be less than the full-time requirement
  • Graduate assistants must comply with all enrollment requirements to retain their assistantship as stated in the Graduate Catalog
  • Students appointed with <0.25 total FTE are not eligible for tuition waivers

GA Application Timeline

Graduate School applicants who are also interested in obtaining a graduate assistantship are encouraged to start the admissions application process early.  In fact programs that offer graduate assistantships often have separate/earlier application deadlines for potential GAs. Be sure to check the degree program’s website for further details.