What is Graduate Assistantship
Assistantship is guaranteed financial aid with duties in teaching,
research or school management. Usually students
receiving the assistantship
will receive monthly stipends plus a partial
or full tuition waiver, the total financial aid value will be
around $30,000 - $45,000 USD per year, enough to cover all the
tuition and living cost (room and board).
In order to receive the assistantship position,
one must be willing to work ( 20 hours per week) while pursuing his/her degree.
Generally speaking, there is a competition for the
assistantship positions, this is especially true to the
international student because assistantships
are the major or only
BIG financial support resource available for international
students in most universities at graduate levels..
How can I be secured for a Graduate Assistantship?
For majority of the international students, after
taking the TOEFL (and GRE, not mandatory but give you more
options), they start to
conduct the internet search through Google, it is very
easy to find the assistantship info from webpages of over
2000 universities in the US alone, however, there are two big problems:
University website is NOT under the control of
individual professors, school’s website can only provide
general information, not up-dated specifical assistantship job. Even when the assistantship
jobs are not available, the general information is still
there, and could be there
misleading many international students.
Even if some assistantship positions posted on school
website are truly available, if you can find it through
Google search, many other students from around the world can do the
same, consequently, if you send in your application
targeting these positions, you will be facing a hot competition
from your peers
because you are only one fish in a big "fish pool",
therefore, your slim chance is further diminished.
Another “tricky” factor regarding the assistantship is the source of funding. If
the funding is from the department or university, all the
students seeking for the assistantship positions must
follow the general application procedure set up by the
university, in other word, all the students must compete
one another in the “fish pool”, but only the top catfish can make it in the end.
However, if the funding is from other resources outside
school, such as from the companies or other sponsored
research projects, then, the individual professor who
deals with these projects will have the absolute right to
pick up whoever he/she wants to work with, under such a
situation, the professors do not have to check over the
Apparently, as you see from
above, if you can somehow
identify these professors who have “fresh” assistantship
openings unknown to the public, then, communicate with
these professors in the first place, and send in the
application materials only after the professors have given
you the “green light”, you will have a great chance to secure your
assistantship, you don’t have to fight with other fish in
the "fish pool".
NEEI, using cutting edge computer search engine technology
, can identify these
professors who have “fresh” assistantship jobs in hands,
consequently, we can guide our students to the right
direction (contact to the right professors). We are the
only one providing such kind of service, we are proud to be able to help you reach your
educational and professional goals in the USA with great
One more thing, students with the funding from graduate
assistantships have very high visa success rate.