We’re a welcoming community eager to provide you with meaningful ways to help you on your academic journey. Our graduate assistantships pair you with faculty mentors as you support research, teaching, and other departmental and college programs and initiatives.

GAs receive stipends and tuition waivers (dedicated, mandatory, and program-related fees still apply). See tuition and fee rates.

Interested? Mention you are interested in an assistantship in your admission letter. No application is required. Students are automatically considered.

Opportunities Available

Teaching Assistantship (TA): Teaching assistants support faculty assigned to teaching required undergraduate courses. TAs’ duties include assisting in preparing readings, participating in studio and lab session reviews, taking part in (but not being solely responsible for) evaluating student work, and helping to organize field trips.

Research, Scholarly, and Creative Work Assistantship (RA): Research assistants support faculty engaged in research, scholarship, and/or creative activities. RAs’ duties include assisting in conducting research, preparing bibliographic surveys, interviewing, data collection, and preparing documentation of findings or a work-in-progress.

Administrative and Public Service Assistantship (SA): Graduate service assistants support the service responsibilities of faculty. These assistants support faculty in the administration and development of academic programs, administer archives, support faculty responsible for academic conferences or meetings, and assist in the design of posters and other publications. They also support projects outside the direct area of teaching and research, and in other ways help faculty members undertake service activities congruent with the assistant’s capabilities.

Need Additional Support?

For additional support, please connect with Ball State’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to review all the options available to you.