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Deadline March 1

March 1 is the deadline for preferred consideration for Graduate Assistantships, Graduate Student Foundation Fellowship, and the AOP grants, although some programs may have earlier deadlines. Please check with the appropriate college/department for information.

Paying for Graduate School

There are several financial opportunities for graduate students to take advantage of through the Office of Graduate Studies at UW-Eau Claire.

UWEC Graduate Student Foundation Fellowships

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Graduate Student Foundation Fellowships are awarded on the basis of scholarship and scholarly potential. Fellowship recipients must be admitted to full standing in a degree program (or be eligible for full standing upon completion of their baccalaureate degree). Students must be enrolled in at least three graduate credit hours per semester; one graduate credit hour during the summer session, or be enrolled for an approved number of thesis credits during the semester in which the award is paid. The values of the fellowships are approximately $500 per semester.  Smaller figures may be available during the summer session when resources permit. 

Graduate Assistantships

To be eligible for a graduate assistantship position, a student must be admitted in full standing to a graduate degree program.  Graduate assistants must be enrolled at least part-time (i.e. at least four graduate credits or enrollment in a full-time equivalent course) each fall/spring semester.  Based on best practices and international student regulations, graduate assistants employed for the maximum 20 hrs/wk (full-time) should not enroll in more than ten credits/semester.  The majority of assistantship contracts are for 9-months, late August through mid-May.  The salary of a GA assignment for 13.3 hrs/wk is approximately $8546; salary of a GA assignment for 20 hrs/wk is approximately $12,832.  Graduate assistantship contracts for at least 13.3 hours per week may also include:

  • group health insurance at a minimal cost (single or family coverages available).
  • non-resident student tuition remission (up to $5488/semester), if funds available. Minnesota residents must apply for MN/WI tuition reciprocity, but may still be eligible for a partial non-resident tuition remission (up to $1790/semester), if funds available.
  • resident partial tuition remission (current value is $50/semester for Wisconsin residents).

International students enrolled in an online program are not eligible for graduate assistantship employment.

Depending on residency, online students may not be eligible for employment for remote graduate assistantship positions.  

Students enrolled in an online flat-rate tuition program are not eligible for a tuition remission (since resident & non-resident students pay the same tuition).

See sample graduate assistantship positions offered for 2023-2024 below.

Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP) Grants

Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP) awards are based, in part, on admission to full standing in a degree program.

AOP grants are for economically disadvantaged graduate students. Only students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. are eligible for these awards.

All AOP recipients must maintain good academic standing, make satisfactory academic progress in their graduate program, and demonstrate financial need. In the semester/session during which the award is received, recipients must carry an academic load of at least four credit hours (three credit hours during the summer session), or be enrolled in at least one thesis credit or another full-time equivalent course.

To be considered for an AOP grant, students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the Office of Financial Aid, and complete the Graduate Studies Assistantship/Fellowship/AOP application with the Gold for Blugolds scholarship website.  The priority date for filing an AOP application with the Office of Graduate Studies is March 1 for the upcoming academic year, including the following summer session; however, applications will continue to be accepted as funding remains available. All graduate students enrolled in a degree program at UW-Eau Claire are welcome to apply for the AOP grants; preference is given to full-time Wisconsin resident students. Out-of-state students who receive an AOP grant may be eligible to receive a partial or full non-resident tuition remission the term(s) in which the grant is received. 

Tuition Remission or Reduced Tuition

Tuition Remission for Graduate Assistants: Students employed at least 13.3-hrs/wk as a graduate assistant may receive a partial or full remission of non-resident tuition.  A non-resident student employed at least 13.3-hrs/wk and enrolled full-time would save almost $10,000 per year.  Wisconsin residents who are employed at least 13.3-hrs/wk receive a $50 remission per semester. Students enrolled in a flat-rate tuition program do not qualify for out-of-state tuition remission since all students pay the same rate regardless of residency. 

Minnesota/Wisconsin Reciprocity: Minnesota residents may be eligible for MN/WI reciprocity.  Reciprocity is a benefit of residents of Minnesota attending a Wisconsin school, to pay tuition and fees compared to in-state students.  You must apply for reciprocity through the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.   

New! Midwest Tuition Rate: The Midwest Tuition Program is available to residents of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio and South Dakota. This tuition rate applies to degree seeking programs, effective fall 2024 for incoming students

Foreign Student Tuition Remission: International graduate students who are NOT enrolled in a flat-rate tuition program are eligible for a non-resident tuition remission, whereby the University provides a full or partial waiver of the non-resident portion of tuition.  If interested, please notify Graduate Studies as soon as possible; funds are limited.

How to Apply

Once you have submitted an application to a UW-Eau Claire graduate program and have activated your UWEC account, you may apply online for UW-Eau Claire scholarships on the Gold for Blugolds scholarship site. Submit a Graduate Studies Assistantship, Fellowship, AOP Application if you are interested in  graduate assistantship employment, the Graduate Student Foundation Fellowship, or the Advanced Opportunity Program (all available in one simple application). You will be asked to upload a resume if applying for a Graduate Assistantship position or Graduate Student Foundation Fellowship.                                                                                         

Apply Now by completing the "Graduate Studies Assistantship, Fellowship, AOP Application"

(Direct link to the Gold for Blugolds scholarship site; use your UWEC username and password for login.)

Graduate Assistantship Positions

Below are several graduate assistantship positions that were offered during the 2023-2024 academic year.  Positions and descriptions may vary slightly from year to year.  Students are often employed in GA positions outside of their graduate program, so please explore your options. Descriptions include the hiring office, the approximate number of hours contracted to work per week, abbreviated job description, prerequisites needed/preferred, and program of admission preference if any. The majority of GA contracts are for 9-months.

  • ATTENTION: Students may want to consult with their program director about how many hours of GA work is reasonable.  For example, the residential MS-CSD program recommends that their full-time students work no more than 6-7 hours per week, and full-time School Psychology students typically do not work more than 10 hours per week, unless a position is pre-approved by the program director.
  • ATTENTION: Employment at UW-Eau Claire for individuals working only online from a state other than Wisconsin or Minnesota is contingent on approval by UWS Legal Counsel who will assess the employment policies of the state from which you are working. Such employed individuals will also need to complete a telecommuting agreement.
Academic Skills Center

Position is for 7 hours per week.

Due to the nature of this position, preference is for candidate to be able to conduct most hours on campus; all applicants will be considered.  Offers flexible work schedule; evening hours may be requested.

This GA position will work with the Interim Associate Director of the Academic Skills Center (ASC) on projects throughout the academic year and may supervise student activities in the Student Success Center while working on projects.  Work hours will be determined based on the GA's availability and needs of the ASC.  Projects will focus on curating best practices for student success and retention that can inform current and new initiatives for the ASC's academic support programs and academic success courses.  Additional work tasks may include some combination of the following:  1) Investigate academic support initiatives at peer institutions, 2) create program assessments and outcome reports, 3) develop a pre- and post-survey for students in GEN courses, 4) compile and analyze usage data for the ASC's academic support programs (including Peer Academic Coaching, Supplemental Instruction, and Peer Tutoring), and 5) curate content to use in GEN courses and peer educator training workshops.  Projects will involve some collaboration with the ASC's Learning Center Specialists and undergraduate student workers plus occasional consultations with staff in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.


Athletic Training Program, Department of Kinesiology

Average 13.3-hours per week; may range from 6-20 hrs./wk. Preference is given to students within MSAT program; however, all applicants will be considered.

GAs in the MS in Athletic Training program typically assist faculty members with their research or provide classroom assistance.   Classroom assistance may involve helping with undergraduate KINS classes, whether that be facilitating discussions, or tracking down images or primary sources used to help with instruction, some grading, and other duties as assigned. 

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Two positions that average 6.5 hours per week. One on-campus position and one fully online position are available.

Graduate assistants work with the Program Associate to support the creation and delivery of professional development services and programs in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). CETL provides programming and assistance for faculty and staff to enhance their work as educators, focusing on teaching, learning, and instructional technology.


  • Online position:

    All work will be completed online. Experience using Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint, and databases is preferred. Priority will be given to graduate students enrolled in an online graduate program. 

    ·        Create midterm student feedback reports (weeks 6-8) during the fall and spring semesters 

    ·        Enter professional development programs into registration system 

    ·        Record program attendance 

    ·        Draft surveys and letters 

    ·        Create participant feedback reports 

    ·        Research topics and annotate articles 

    ·        Create content pages related to teaching and learning 

    ·        Assist with the online course development program 

    ·        Assist with additional projects as assigned

  • On-campus position:  

    All work will take place in the CETL office (Vicki Lord Larson Hall 1142) between 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (some flexibility available). Experience using Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint, and databases is preferred. Priority will be given to graduate students enrolled in an on-campus graduate program. 

    ·        Create midterm student feedback reports (weeks 6-8) during the fall and spring semesters 

    ·        Enter professional development programs into registration system 

    ·        Record program attendance 

    ·        Draft surveys and letters 

    ·        Create participant feedback reports 

    ·        Organize CETL’s book collection and update book inventory list 

    ·        Assist with day-to-day operations of professional development sessions in the CETL space (i.e., moving furniture, preparing signage) 

    ·        Assist with occasional cleaning 

    ·        Assist with additional projects as assigned

Center for International Education (CIE)

Average 13.3-hours per week; may range from 6-20 hrs./wk.  The CIE welcomes both online and in-person candidates.  Work can be done fully online.  Hours are flexible. Preference will be given to applicants who have previous teaching and learning experience and/or international experiences.

The Graduate Assistant (GA) in the Center for International Education will assist in facilitating INTS 145 Study Abroad Orientation, an asynchronous one-credit course that prepares students logistically and culturally for their upcoming study abroad. The GA reports to the course coordinator and works collaboratively with all study abroad managers. Primary duties may include updating content in Canvas, answering student questions/connecting them with appropriate resources, facilitating online discussions, grading, and monitoring student progress.   The graduate assistant would also work on curriculum integration, which involves researching course descriptions at partner universities for evaluation.  Time permitting, the CIE supports the GA to identify a mutually beneficial project that allows them pursue research goals or skill development useful to their academic program/future career. 

Center for Racial and Restorative Justice

13.3 hours per week.  Hours are flexible; online students will be considered.

The Center for Race and Restorative Justice (CRRJ) is grounded in the need for improved research and action focused on racial, social, and restorative justice at UW-Eau Claire and in our communities. Our long-term aspirations are to be a national exemplar of how research, pedagogy, engagement, outreach, restorative justice practices, and critical race theories work to advance equity in our society and world. Working as a Graduate Research Assistant in the CRRJ offers the opportunity to help us launch The Center’s efforts. The primary responsibilities may include research, planning, writing, grant development, design work, applying relevant strategic frameworks to facilitate and/or evaluate The Center’s efforts. A flexible work schedule can be completed remotely, with an option to meet in-person. Preferred qualifications include ability to work effectively with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, ability to work independently, knowledge of OneDrive (or willingness to learn), and excellent communication within a distributed team. We are passionate about the work we do. You can learn more about our efforts here:

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Average 6-hours per week. Preference is given to MS-CSD students. On-campus and fully online opportunities are available

Graduate Assistants in CSD are assigned to a faculty supervisor and work on a variety of duties. Tasks may include supporting faculty teaching and research, providing tours and information for prospective students, assisting in lab upkeep and organization throughout the department, supporting the Center for Communication Disorders clinic in the resource room, and assisting with recording and logistics for professional seminars. Experiences with or aptitude for working with diverse populations and/or equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are highly valued.

Data Science Program, Department of Mathematics

Average 13.3-hours per week. Preference is given to Data Science students who can work on campus a few days per week; however, all applications will be considered. Hours are flexible.

The Data Science program is offered through the Department of Mathematics.  A graduate assistantship position within the Department of Mathematics could be responsible for a variety of different tasks. Ideally, GA’s are placed in positions based on their specialization and/or location to campus.  In the past, graduate assistants have concentrated on one of these areas:

  • Assist faculty and instructors by managing grade records in undergraduate mathematics courses, assist with proctoring exams of undergraduate classes. Good spreadsheet skills are required, as well as good math skills at the level of college algebra or higher. 
  • Once a data science student has taken DS 710 and DS 740, they may assist the instructor of DS 710 or 740 with preparing course materials and assignments, as well as provide individual and group assistance to students by appropriate means. This position could work fully online.  
Department of History

Average 13.3-hours per week; may range from 6-20 hrs./wk.

GAs in the Department of History either assist faculty members with their research or provide classroom assistance.   Classroom assistance may involve helping with survey level classes, whether that be facilitating discussions, or tracking down images or primary sources used to help with instruction, and some grading. 

Department of Psychology

Average 10-hours per week; may consider 13.3 hrs./wk. Preference is given to School Psychology students.

Psychology Peer Advising - Graduate assistants collaborate with undergraduate psychology peer advisors to staff the Psychology Department’s Peer Advising Office.  Peer advisors offer advice to psychology students on course selection and involvement in extracurricular activities of the department.  GAs also support faculty in promoting activities in the department, including the production of a departmental newsletter and the promotion of research and internship opportunities for students.

Program Resources - Graduate assistants collaborate with graduate faculty to maintain learning materials and resources in the graduate program library of assessment and intervention materials.  Duties include mentoring peers on assessment administration and scoring, maintaining the graduate program resource library inventory and online interpretation materials, and completing research reviews of assessment and intervention materials in the library.  GAs also provide presentations on school psychology assessment practices in undergraduate courses.  

Recruiting - This position supports the school psychology graduate program’s recruiting and promotion efforts.  Duties include coordinating School Psychology Awareness Week activities, preparing fall and spring program newsletters, coordinating interview day for admissions, meeting with prospective applicants to the program, providing presentations on school psychology as a career, and coordinating wellness activities for current graduate students. 

Math Intervention Clinic - Graduate assistants coordinate math intervention programs that are part of the Academic Intervention Clinic (AIC).  The AIC provides academic intervention services to at-risk children in area schools.  GAs serve as lead interventionists in the math program.  GAs are responsible for delivering interventions, providing training and ongoing mentoring to intervention assistants, communicating with classroom teachers about intervention plans, and collecting progress monitoring data.  GAs also lead weekly planning meetings where intervention plans, participant engagement, and progress data are reviewed. 

Education and Human Sciences, College of

Average 6-7 hours per week; may range from 6-13.3 hrs./wk. Preference is given to students within College of Education; however, all applicants will be considered.


Department of Education and Equity for Justice:

Assist with a variety of tasks such as conducting research, grading, photocopying, entering grades, organizing materials, creating instructional materials, sorting papers, proctoring tests/exams, occasionally helping in a class, assisting students, assisting at events, etc.


Teacher Education Program:

Assist with data entry, reception, record keeping and a variety of other data tasks. Knowledge of spreadsheets, either Google or Microsoft, would be helpful. Our office arranges the placements for all education students and we work with the Department of Public Instruction to get our students licensed when they graduate. The work is during the day and on campus. We work with graduate students to determine a schedule that will work for both of us.

Freshman Year Experience (FYE)

Approximately 10-13.3 hours per week.

Join our dynamic team as a Graduate Assistant dedicated to enhancing the first-year experience for incoming students. In this role, you will collaborate closely with the FYE program, acting as a vital point of contact for FYE peer mentors. A key aspect of your role will involve brainstorming and implementing innovative strategies to engage and connect with incoming students, fostering a sense of community. This position also plays an important part in the planning and facilitating of Opening Day activities to warmly welcome new students to our campus. With flexible hours, many of which can be worked remotely, this position offers an exciting opportunity for a graduate student passionate about shaping a positive on-campus experience for our newest community members. If you thrive in a creative and supportive environment, we invite you to apply and contribute to the success of our FYE program.

Human Development Center (HDC)

Average 10 hours per week. Preference is given to School Psychology students; however, applicants from residential MS-CSD program may be considered.

Graduate Assistants work as coordinators for the Academic Intervention Clinic (AIC). The AIC provides academic intervention services to at-risk children in area schools. Undergraduate students, supervised by the GAs, deliver interventions and collect outcome data. In addition to providing supervision, GAs also deliver interventions, train interventionists, coordinate all program activities, interface with schools including managing referrals, manage assessment and outcome data, and troubleshoot issues that periodically arise. 

Institutional Research, Office of

Average 10 to 13.3 hours per week. Preference is given to MS-Data Science students; however, all applications will be considered. Responsibilities for this position can be completed online.

Assist the IR Office by verifying data for surveys, dashboards, and information requests to ensure accuracy. After gaining familiarity with the university's data and becoming proficient with the IR Office's procedures, job responsibilities may increase in scope and difficulty to include running queries (data mining) on university databases using business intelligence software tools and creating tables, graphs, and interactive dashboards using Tableau data visualization software. If the student analyst demonstrates the capacity and desire, they will have the opportunity to engage in analysis and participate in research.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program

Average 10-hours per week; may range from 6-20 hrs./wk. Preference is given to MBA; however, all applications will be considered.

Graduate assistants primarily work with one or two faculty members per year to support research. Other responsibilities could include conducting research and entering data for the MBA Office, and/or supporting classroom instruction. Knowledge with Microsoft Office and statistical analysis software is helpful, but not required.

Multicultural Student Services

13.3 hours per week; some hours may be worked outside of regular office hours.

This position will be responsible for providing support, advocacy, and resources for students of color and first-generation college freshman that are a part of the Multicultural Student Services Learning Community. You will work closely with the Student Services Coordinator in administering programmatic resources to students of color in Multicultural Student Services Learning Community. Successful candidates will have a grasp of student development theory and the perspective of students of color and first-generation college students. Candidates will be responsible for the coordination, implementation, and monitoring of persistence and retention for students of color in the MSSLLC. Provide support to freshman year Multicultural Student Services. Facilitate retention planning process and complete a retention checklist for each student in the MSSLLC. Provide academic and career development support to each student in the MSSLLC. Coordinate student events that include (Jumpstart camp, Mid-Year Retreat, Celebration Receptions, etc.) Supervise, recruit, and train MSS First Year interns and Jumpstart camp counselors. Coordinate monthly student success programming. Collaborate with students, faculty, and staff to track students’ academic status and needs.

Nursing and Health Sciences, College of

Average 13.3-hours per week. Preference is given to Nursing students; however, all applications will be considered.

The graduate assistantship position in Nursing would involve working with a few faculty on various research or scholarship/writing activities.  Students taking the position ideally should be available virtually during the week at least part of another day beyond the normal class day.  The hours usually can be completed from home. Resources would be available for you at the Eau Claire campus or our Marshfield Site. Examples of scholarship activities students do include assisting with literature searches, manuscript or grant proposal development, IRB proposal development, data coding and entry, poster development, etc.  It is possible the graduate assistants could be asked to assist with course or other college activities, e.g., searching the literature to help with updating a course.

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP)

Average 13.3 hours per week; may vary from 6–20 hrs./wk.  Preference is given to students who can work at least 10 hrs/wk; however, all applications will be considered.

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs typically employs two graduate assistants. We are hoping for GA’s who take courses on-campus but will consider online GA’s as well. GA’s share the responsibilities of event organization of our campus research event, CERCA, and the Faculty Forum series. Additional responsibilities include preparing publications, website management, design work, and research compliance support. Experience working in Microsoft Suite programs and Adobe is a plus.

Services for Students with Disabilities

Average 10-hours per week; may consider 13.3 hrs./wk. Preference is given to School Psychology students; however, all applications will be considered.

The SSD office provides services and accommodations to all students with documented disabilities, to include graduate students in both campus and online programs. Working as a Graduate Assistant in the office of SSD offers experiences that are closely aligned with services that a school psychologist provides in the K-12 school setting. The GA has direct interaction with students and parents visiting UWEC and new students enrolling at UWEC, one-on-one meetings with students registered with our office to assist with time management, executive functioning skills, and coaching.  GAs are also included in team meetings, review of disability documentation, assistive technology, present to small groups, and other services offered by our department.

Award Information and Late Applications

  • Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships typically are awarded in early April, but applications will be accepted until all positions have been filled.
  • Students completing the financial aid application after the deadline will be considered for awards if monies are available.
  • Students applying for January admission should check with the college/department of their program to determine if assistantships/fellowship opportunities are available.

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