Types of Assistantships

What kinds of assistantships are there?

You can be classified in several ways depending on your duties. We keep these separate in order to report to the UNC System how assistantship funds are spent. Note that each type of assistantship has its own Appointment Form and different timesheet requirements.  NOTE:  Appointment Forms are to be completed by University personnel NOT by the Student. 

  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTFA/GTA). GTAs interact with students as part of their jobs. You might grade, tutor, assist in a classroom or teach a course. To be a GTFA that teaches a course, you need to have completed 18 hours of graduate coursework in the discipline.
    • Graduate Teaching Faculty Associate: GTFAs serve as Instructor of Record and may be granted  faculty access to course files: Download Appointment Form Here
    • Graduate Teaching Assistant: GTAs serve as support to faculty and do not require faculty access to course files: Download Appointment Form Here
    • These types of positions do not require an electronic timesheet submission for payroll every two weeks but will instead receive "equal installment payments" based on work time period and amount.  It is recommended that a hard copy timesheet be kept on file by the supervisor in the departent for auditing purposes.
  • Graduate Research Assistant (GRA). GRAs work with a faculty or staff member on academic or administrative research projects. In some cases, GRAs might work with more than one faculty member on more than one project.
    • For Graduate Research Assistants funded via graduate school or college: Download Appointment Form Here
    • For Graduate Research Assistants funded via an external grant (must coordinate with OSRP): Download Appointment Form Here
    • For GRAMS: See below
    • These types of research positions MUST submit an electronic timesheet to her/his supervisor for approval every two weeks to be paid for actual hours worked. Failure to do so may result in paycheck delays.  It is recommended that a hard copy timesheet be kept by the supervisor in the department  for auditing purposes.
  • Graduate Research Assistant Mentee (GRAM). GRAMs work closely with a faculty member on the faculty's research project. These awards a re highly competitive and are designed to support a graduate student for two years (four semesters) with a salary and a research expense fund. See GRAM page for more information.  NOTE:  Award is for two years, but GRAM Appointment form must be submitted for each term.
    • Download Appointment Form Here
    • These types of research positions MUST submit an electronic timesheet to her/his supervisor for approval every two weeks to be paid for actual hours worked. Failure to do so may result in paycheck delays.  It is recommended that a hard copy timesheet be kept on file by the supervisor for auditing purposes.
  • Graduate Administrative Assistant (GAA). GAAs perform a variety of tasks, depending on their previous work experience and their specific assignment(s), usually in an administrative capacity. 
    • Download Appointment Form Here
    • These types of research positions MUST submit an electronic timesheet to supervisor for approval every two weeks to be paid for actual hours worked. Failure to do so may result in paycheck delays.  It is recommended that a hard copy timesheet be kept on file by the supervisor for auditing purposes.