Assistantship and Award Policies and Procedures
Applications for Graduate Assistantships are accepted throughout the year. Students should contact the department for information.
Deadlines for Scholarships and Fellowships are announced each year. Information and applications are available in the School of Graduate Studies and in the department.
The following policies are applicable to the award and retention of graduate appointments and awards:
1. Students admitted to the School of Graduate Studies and notified that they have been granted an appointment or award before they actually have received a bachelor's degree may neither register nor hold an appointment or award until they have received the bachelor's degree and fulfilled all requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies as a degree seeking student.
2. Assistantship appointments will not exceed one-half time in all combinations.
3. Students must maintain the credit load requirements defined in the appointment letter to retain appointments or awards. Graduate Assistants must be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credits. This requirement is waived for students in their final semester with fewer than six credits remaining on their Program of Study. (A School of Graduate Studies petition is required.)
4. Students must maintain a 3.00 GPA (2.75 Master of Engineering) to retain awards or appointments.
5. Students may be removed from an appointment due to unsatisfactory performance.
6. Students in good academic standing, i.e., a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible for reappointment.
7. Students who withdraw from or are dismissed from the School of Graduate Studies become immediately ineligible for and may not continue to hold an appointment or award.
Graduate assistantship stipends are subject to income tax and tax will be withheld. Tax will not be withheld from scholarships, traineeships, and fellowships, but the stipend may be taxable. Rulings as to the actual taxability of any specific stipend are in the hands of the Internal Revenue Service.
In accordance with the provisions of federal statutes, it is the policy of the University of North Dakota that no person in the United States shall be discriminated against because of race, creed, handicap color, sex, age, or national origin in the selection for an award or appointment provided only that the applicant meets the eligibility conditions for an award. Policies and procedures affecting graduate assistantships are described more fully in the Graduate Assistant Handbook.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships
Graduate Teaching Assistantships are university appointments that provide financial assistance to students qualified for teaching service in the department in which they take the major part of their graduate work. The purpose of these assistantships is to facilitate students working toward their degree while gaining teaching experience in the field of the degree. Appointments may be for one-fourth or one-half of full-time service. The student must carry a minimum of 6 credits of graduate work each semester (3 credits in a summer session). Graduate Teaching Assistants may be eligible for a tuition waiver. Tuition waivers may be partial or full; the decision to offer a waiver and the amount of the tuition waiver is determined by the individual program. Graduate Teaching Assistantships are available in many departments offering a graduate degree.
Graduate Teaching Assistants must be proficient English language communicators. Language proficiency for international students who are nonnative speakers of English will be established on the basis of the Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) if the student scores at least 26 on the spoken section and meets all other section requirements, or an overall band score on the IELTS of at least 6.5. Contact the School of Graduate Studies for more information.
Graduate Research Assistantships
Graduate Research Assistantships are university appointments that provide financial assistance to students qualified for research service in the department. The purpose of research assistantships is to provide degree-seeking students with research experience in their academic disciplines while assisting with an ongoing research project. Appointments may be one-fourth or one-half of full-time service. The student must carry a minimum of six credits per semester (3 for summer). Graduate Research Assistants may be eligible for a tuition waiver. Tuition waivers may be partial or full; the decision to offer a waiver and the amount of the tuition waiver is determined by the individual program. Graduate Research Assistantships are available in many departments offering a graduate degree.
Graduate Service Assistantships
Graduate Service Assistantships are available for work in several units on campus, both academic and non-academic. Graduate students are employed half-time or quarter-time for work in a particular service unit. Stipends vary with the time devoted to service work but usually are comparable to the stipends of graduate teaching assistants. Graduate Service Assistants may be eligible for a tuition waiver. Tuition waivers may be partial or full; the decision to offer a waiver and the amount of the tuition waiver is determined by the individual program or unit making the appointment.
School of Graduate Studies Awards
Amy Hui-Mei Chen Hung Fellowship is awarded to a graduate of the National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) who wishes to pursue doctoral studies at UND. The applicant must intend to return to NTNU upon graduation.
Neil C. MacDonald Memorial Scholarships of $1,000 are awarded on the basis of promise of high academic achievement and in accord with the ideals and purpose of the University of North Dakota to two graduate students, one of whom should be in History.
Summer Doctoral Fellowships of $5,000 plus a waiver of tuition for the summer session are available to doctoral students who have an approved Dissertation Proposal on file in the School of Graduate Studies and plan to work on their dissertation/research full time during the summer. Applications are due early in the Spring semester and will be evaluated on the basis of an application and recommendations from the advisor and the chairperson.
Doctoral Student Conference Travel Support: The School of Graduate Studies provides travel support of up to $500 for Ph.D. student travel to conferences for the purpose of presenting their work. Funds will be provided to Ph.D. students who are the presenting author at a conference and will be provided for only one conference per academic year. Requests for support will be considered once per semester and are made on an individual basis.
Doctoral Student Dissertation Research Support: The School of Graduate Studies provides support of up to $1,500 for Ph.D. student dissertation research. The purpose of this program is to provide funding for operational expenses required for the dissertation research. Allowable expenses include library fees, expendable research supplies, or other direct costs associated with the research. Major equipment purchases, e.g., computers, electronics, etc., are not allowed. Funds for travel to a research site cannot exceed 10% of the total requested amount. Requests for support will be considered once per semester and are made on an individual basis.
Tuition waivers may be available to graduate students, including those students receiving an Assistantship. Tuition waivers may be partial or full; the decision to offer a waiver and the amount of the tuition waiver is determined by the individual program or unit making the appointment.
Students are responsible for all fees assessed to them, including mandatory student fees. Students are responsible for any tuition not covered by the waiver.
Students must register for classes by the last day to add a full term class in order to access their tuition waiver. Failure to register by the last day to add a full-term class may result in forfeiture of the waiver.
The following policy applies to all tuition waiver awards:
- Tuition waivers will be awarded independently of stipends. A student may receive a stipend, a tuition waiver, or both. Graduate Assistants receiving a stipend may or may not receive a waiver.
- Tuition waivers will be awarded in dollar equivalents and may reflect a fraction of total tuition.
Dollar amount waived = credit hours x tuition rate* by residency
*does not include any fees, including mandatory, course, program, or other
- Individual programs will be provided a waiver pool and be responsible for prioritizing and setting the amount of each waiver. Actual allocation to each program is at the individual College or School Dean’s discretion.
- Tuition Waivers do not accumulate or carry over from semester to semester.
- In any given program, a student may not receive tuition waivers for more than the number of credits in their approved Program of Study. Changing a program of study for the purpose of increasing eligibility for tuition waivers is not allowed.
- In any one semester, the maximum dollar value of tuition waived may not exceed the total tuition billed.
- Continuing enrollment (996) and online courses are not eligible for tuition waivers.
- Students will receive an email notification with their tuition waiver offer. The waiver will be applied to the student’s account unless the School of Graduate Studies receives notice that the student would like to decline the offer.
Questions regarding the tuition waiver policy should be emailed to gradschool@UND.edu.
Cultural Diversity Tuition Waivers are awarded by the School of Graduate Studies. These waivers are available to historically under-represented or economically disadvantaged students. Applications are available on the School of Graduate Studies’ website.