On the online application, you will be able to indicate which positions you are interested in. The Graduate College will forward your application to the academic department, which makes decisions regarding graduate assistantship assignments. The program may have further requirements, such as an interview.
Graduate Appointments FAQ
Ohio University is a signatory to the Council of Graduate Schools Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants, which states that students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15. However, you are encouraged to notify your academic department of your decision at the earliest possible date and no later than April 15. If you do not accept this offer by April 15, then this offer may be withdrawn. You may not be eligible for assistantship consideration in the future.
Student employment opportunities may be available on the Ohio University Career Site.
In addition, periodically check back with your academic program to see if additional funding has become available.
Graduate students receiving an appointment that includes a stipend for work (TA, RA, GA, RD, or GRS) for the first time will need to complete a student employment packet, which must be completed and submitted in person. Student employment packets are available at and must be submitted in person to the Employee Service Center at Human Resource and Training Center (HRTC), Suite 103, 169 W. Union Street, Athens, Ohio. The student employment packets will also be available to graduate students holding appointments during the annual Ohio University Graduate Student Orientation.
All employees must also complete the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Refer to the list of acceptable documents (that will establish identity and employment verification) required to bring to a Human Resources representative to complete the Form I-9. Copies are NOT accepted.
Prior to your arrival in Human Resources, Section 1 of the Form I-9 should be completed electronically by visiting the I-9 Management website. Click here.
No. If you have been paid by Ohio University within the last 12 months, you will not be required to complete the Form I-9 and paperwork packet again.
Fall/Spring Registration Requirements (per term)
Summer Registration Requirements
|TA/RA/GA/RD stipend with tuition scholarship (full appointment)||12||9|
|Fellowship with a tuition scholarship||15||9|
|TA/RA/GA/RD stipend with tuition scholarship (half appointment)||12||9|
|GRS (Available Fall and Spring Terms Only)||12||N/A|
|Tuition Scholarship only||15||9|
Only courses numbered 5000 or above will count towards your registration requirements for your graduate appointment. Credit hours taken for Audit, Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE) courses, and undergraduate courses cannot be used to meet the minimum graduate hour requirements.
|Appointment Type||Work Hours|
|TA/RA/GA/RD stipend with tuition scholarship (full appointment)||15 to 20|
|Fellowship with a tuition scholarship||0|
|TA/RA/GA/RD stipend with tuition scholarship (half appointment)||8 to 10|
|GRS (Available for Fall and Spring Terms only)||5|
|Stipend only||1 to 20|
|Tuition Scholarship only||0|
Maximum hours of total employment are 20 hours per week, on- or off-campus. Graduate appointment recipients may not accept other full-time employment, either within or outside of the University. Graduate students cannot have two full-time graduate appointments.
Note: International students can only work on campus.
|Semester||Stipend Payment Date||Fellowship Disbursement Date|
|Fall||September 15 & 30||September 15|
|October 15 & 31|
|November 15 & 30|
|December 15 & 31|
|Spring||January 31||January 31|
|February 15 & 28 (29, if applicable)|
|March 15 & 31|
|April 15 & 30|
|Summer||May 31 & June 15||May 31|
|June 30 & July 15|
|July 31 & August 15|
They can be viewed online at https://myhr.ohio.edu. Your OHIO ID and password are required for login. Click on My Personal Information.
Ohio University Policy 41.004 indicates:
Workdays for graduate assistants will be counted on a five day per week basis (Monday through Friday) for each academic semester worked, or in the absence of a specific academic semester, based on the dates of employment indicated on the appointment form. Holidays and breaks* are included as workdays. The following provisions apply as indicated:
- For teaching graduate assistants, an academic semester begins on the first day of classes and ends on the date grades are due.
- For non-teaching graduate assistants, a semester begins on the first day of classes and ends on the last day of finals unless otherwise specified by the department.
- For those employed in the area of residence life, such as resident directors, assistant resident directors, etc., workdays will be determined based on the special terms and conditions as set forth by the associate director of residential housing.
*Note: The Graduate College would like to clarify that this includes spring break, but excludes winter break.
A graduate-level student with an awarded graduate-level degree from another institution can receive no more than 10 semesters of tuition scholarship from any department or combination of departments.
A graduate-level student without an awarded graduate degree from another institution or one who has earned a graduate degree from Ohio University can receive no more than 12 semesters of tuition scholarship from any department or combination of departments.
Students who have reached the maximum number of semesters of tuition scholarship are no longer eligible to receive a tuition scholarship from any Ohio University program or department. Students can continue to receive a stipend without a tuition scholarship.
Notes: Colleges and programs may have more restrictive limitations than the university policy. The counting of semesters of eligibility does NOT include summer semesters. Any student who receives any tuition support from OHIO University will be considered to have received a tuition scholarship.