Assistantship Information

Graduate assistantships for full-time HIED doctoral students are available through the HIED program and various BGSU administrative offices. Assistantships are available in both administration and research. The assistantship stipend and tuition scholarship represent the substantial commitment by the University to students' education.

These positions provide an opportunity to acquire valuable experience. The majority of graduate assistantships are half-time, nine month positions, requiring 20 hours of work per week. If you are offered and accept a graduate assistantship, the stipend will be $15,000 for the academic year, paid bi-weekly. You will receive a tuition scholarship for the 64 credit hours of the program. If you are not an Ohio resident, the scholarship will cover the non-resident fee on the credits covered by the scholarship. After the first year, the scholarship will not cover the non-resident fee. Scholarships do not cover fees. 

Renewal of assistantship awards is possible. An approved Tentative Degree Plan (TDP) on file in the Graduate College is required for processing the second year contract.  Funding as a graduate student is available for a maximum of three years at the doctoral degree level. Funding for a fourth year is not guaranteed but may be available, provided that you have successfully defended your preliminary exam and your dissertation proposal.

To retain an appointment, graduate assistants must make satisfactory progress toward a degree, and must perform duties satisfactorily according to the terms of the appointment.

It is expected that no person will apply for an appointment unless they are free to accept it, that a person will not engage in other employment while holding the position, and that one will fulfill the complete term for which the appointment has been granted. In accordance with a resolution adopted by the major graduate schools of the country, a student who indicates acceptance of an appointment before April 15 has freedom through April 15 to reconsider and to accept another appointment.

Current or recent HIED doctoral student assistantship sites:

  • Academic Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness
  • Center for Faculty Excellence
  • Center for Leadership
  • Department of Higher Education and Student Affairs
  • Division of Student Affairs 
  • Office of Equity and Inclusion
  • Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • Office of Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Office of Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs

Assistantships have been available in a variety of other university offices historically.