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Graduate assistantships

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse offers a variety of graduate assistantships and teaching assistantships which are awarded by the academic program/department. Students who are in good academic standing are eligible. The student must be enrolled at UWL for credit or GRC 799 to be eligible. Assistantships are awarded on a very competitive basis according to individual department/program criteria. Graduate program/departments may have additional eligibility requirements. Students may be awarded an assistantship for no more than four semesters and two summers. Requests for exceptions to this policy should be submitted to the dean of the college in which the graduate program resides.

To apply, the graduate student communicates directly with the department of intended degree work. The Financial Aid Office does not administer the assistantship program.

Assistantships are available to resident and nonresident students. Awards may be made for assistantships which require 14 to 20 hours of responsibilities per week during each semester of the academic year. Those with 14-hour assignments may carry up to 14 hours of graduate credit and those with 20-hour assignments should not exceed 12 graduate credits each semester. Summer assistantships may be available. Assistantships are limited in number and are awarded to specifically qualified applicants on the recommendation of the department chair or program director and with the approval of the respective dean.

Assistantships are not awarded to students admitted on probation. Assistants must maintain a GPA of 3.00 or higher in order to retain eligibility for their awards. Tuition and fees are not waived for assistants although the out-of-state portion of tuition is waved in many cases. Further information and application forms may be obtained from department chairpersons and/or program directors.

UWL complies with the Council of Graduate Schools' Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees, and Assistants which follows:

"Acceptance of an offer of financial support (such as graduate scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, or assistantship) for the next academic year by a prospective or enrolled graduate student completes an agreement that both student and graduate school expect to honor in that context. The conditions affecting such offers and their acceptance must be defined carefully and understood by all parties.

Students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15; earlier deadlines for acceptance of such offers violate the intent of this Resolution. [UWL notation: this deadline assumes a program begins in fall semester. Programs beginning earlier may have an earlier acceptance date.] In those instances in which a student accepts an offer before April 15, and subsequently desires to withdraw that acceptance, the student may submit in writing a resignation of the appointment at any time through April 15. However, an acceptance given or left in force after April 15 commits the student not to accept another offer without first obtaining a written release from the institution to which a commitment has been made. Similarly, an offer by an institution after April 15 is conditional on presentation by the student of the written release from any previously accepted offer. It is further agreed by the institutions and organization subscribing to the above Resolution that a copy of this Resolution should accompany every scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, and assistantship offer."

University-Wide Grants for Graduate Students

Grant information

Visit the Dates and Deadlines page for more information on application due dates.

Research, Service, and Educational Leadership Grant

The Office of University Graduate Studies offers two types of RSEL grants. They are:

RSEL FULL GRANT PROPOSALS: These proposals are solicited twice per academic year. Full grants require a full proposal including application form, budget and justification, and a letter of support from the student’s mentor. Full grants can provide up to $2200 in funding. An individual student may receive only one Full RSEL Grant, but this does not preclude him or her from applying for a Mini-Grant. The total funding (full grant and mini-grant) for an individual student during their graduate career may not exceed $2200. 

RSEL MINI-GRANT PROPOSALS: These proposals can be submitted at any time. Mini-grants require the mini-grant application form, budget and justification, and a letter of assurance from the student’s mentor. Mini-grants can provide up to $500 in funding. An individual student may receive only one RSEL Mini-Grant, but this does not preclude him or her from applying for a Full Grant. The total funding (full grant and mini-grant) for an individual student may not exceed $2200. 

Travel Funds Grant

 Poster Grants