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Graduate Assistantships Resource Center

Welcome to the Graduate Assistantships Resource Center. This site is designed to assist faculty, students and graduate program administrators with the management of Graduate Assistantships.


Colleges and Departments at the University of South Florida 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. GAs are classified as Graduate Assistants (9185 job code), Graduate Teaching Assistants/Associates (9183 & 9184 job codes), Graduate Instructional Assistants (9550 job code), and/or Graduate Research Assistants/Associates (9181 & 9182 job codes). All graduate assistants employed by USF work under a contract negotiated by the Graduate Assistants United (GAU) and the USF Board of Trustees. The GAU is the labor union certified as the exclusive bargaining agent for graduate assistants at USF.

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 that are 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 in the department of study. Contact information may be found through the searchable Graduate Programs link.

Graduate temporary position openings at USF 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 USF Career Center's website, This will allow students to search the Career Center's online job listing database, Career Connections.

Graduate Assistant Eligibility

Office of Graduate Studies and University financial resources are used to support full-time, degree-seeking graduate students. 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:

PLEASE NOTE: International students from countries where English is not the official language who want to be considered for a teaching assistantship (9183 & 9184) must show proficiency in spoken English even if their TOEFL has been waived for admission to a graduate program. They need a minimum score of 26 on the spoken portion of the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) or 160 on the spoken portion of the TOEIC test administered by ETS (

Outside Activity (eDisclose)

Outside activity disclosures by USF System employees must be made online in the eDisclose system. "USF System employees" include all faculty, administration, staff, and temporary employees. Graduate Assistants are a type of temporary employee and as such must use the eDisclose system to disclose their outside activities.

The eDisclose system is accessed via Instructions on how to access eDisclose from within myusf and step-by-step directions for completing an outside activity disclosure are provided below:

Office of Graduate Studies GA Contact

Please use the links below to find the information you need. For questions about the management of GAs, please contact Joseph Butts.

GA Links