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Assistantship Application

The CSE department provides a limited number of assistantship opportunities to financially support graduate students. Out-of-state and international students who are funded at least half time (20hrs/week) are eligible for in-state tuition rates. (Open February 20th - March 1st)

Research assistantships are funded by individual faculty research grants, and are not managed by the CSE department centrally. Note, that most research faculty already have networks of students taking their courses and engaging in research who get priority for financial support. Warning: if you send individual email asking for support to faculty without having met or worked with them, be aware that due to the excessive number of emails they receive asking for support, and the number of students they already engage with, you may not get a reply. The department will not help you reach out to faculty on your behalf. You are encouraged to seek opportunities at the start of each semester in the projects open house the week before each Fall and Spring semester. The form below is not for research assistantships - this information is provided here for convenience only.

Teaching assistant and Instructional assistant positions are funded by the department. Generally, PhD students are supported as teaching assistants and handle significant teaching responsibilities including recitation sections, brief lecture, grading, and proctoring exams. Instructional assistants are MS students who have a more limited role in course assistance but may be called upon as needed to handle various aspects of course instruction. Note that TA/IA positions are not guaranteed. In Spring 2022, for example, over 400 students applied for roughly 40 open positions. Graders generally have the following characteristics. 

  • 3.5 GPA or higher 
  • Finished at least one full semester at UNT during application (this often means one full year before the semester they receive support)
  • Preference: students who have completed more UNT courses are more likely to be accepted. 
  • Grad Track students (e.g. UNT BS MS students) are also given priority for IA support.

Teaching fellows (PhD only) are unique as they are the instructor of record for a course. It is unusual for a student to be funded as a teaching fellow, but students who have a strong desire to teach can apply. Note, requesting support as a TF does not increase chances of funding as TF support is restricted to only the top performing students.

(Please only complete one application.)