International Student Graduate Assistance

Graduate Assistance

Many graduate programs offer fellowships or one of three types of graduate assistantships:  administrative, teaching or research.  Students should first inquire about the availability of assistantships through their academic program.


Financial assistance at the graduate level is available in three forms. The first and most available is a graduate assistantship. In return for up to 20 hours of work per week during the academic year, the student will receive a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend. The second, a teaching or research fellowship, offers a full tuition waiver and monthly stipend and allows students to focus exclusively on teaching or research rather than departmental duties. The third form is a scholarship that may require external funding or may involve university or departmental competition. 

Most assistantships are awarded to doctoral students and some programs fund 100% of their graduate students while others do not.  It is important to contact the program directly to see how they structure their assistantships. 

Sources of financial assistance providing partial support for international graduate students include both service and non-service appointments. Students wishing to apply for any of these should contact either the chair or the graduate coordinator of their major department. The application for a graduate appointment is included as part of your application packet for admission to Kent State.


A general application is available at Financial Aid/Graduate Assistantships Page


Deadlines will vary, please check with graduate department

Work Opportunities

Other available assistantships, along with other campus jobs, are posted through Career Services

International students are allowed to work a maximum 20 hours/week on campus.

International students are not allowed to work off-campus without prior approval.  Students should meet with an ISSS advisor in the Office of Global Education if they are interested doing this.