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Teaching, Research and Graduate Assistantships

Drexel awards highly qualified students with financial assistance in the form of teaching, research, or graduate assistantships. If you are offered an assistantship, you will be required to perform specific work assignments within the university. Both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens are eligible, and must be enrolled as full-time graduate students. Most Drexel graduate programs require the GRE for these positions. Applications must be submitted by January 1 to be considered. Not all programs offer assistantships. Teaching, research, and graduate assistantships cannot be combined with any other graduate aid from the university, including Dean's Fellowships and Awards, Drexel Grad Grant, and any other college-specific aid.

You can review some of the different assistanceships offered by each college below:

College of Arts and Sciences

Teaching, graduate, and research assistantships carry stipends that vary by program but are normally valued at $9,000 to $22,000 per academic year. The stipend is in addition to tuition remission for three courses per term. Including the tuition remission, the total value of an assistantship may be in excess of $40,000. Teaching assistants are expected to spend 20 hours per week in instructional duties. Research and graduate assistants spend 20 hours per week working under the direction of a faculty member. For more information, please contact the departmental office of your chosen major.

School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

Each academic year, several exceptional, first-term full-time PhD students who have demonstrated excellence in their prior academic work and who are perceived as having potential to accomplish biomedical research are awarded Calhoun Graduate Assistantships. These funds provide the chosen students with full tuition remission (up to nine credits per term) and a monthly stipend ranging from $1,800–2,000 per month. Calhoun students are required to serve as teaching or research assistants for up to 20 hours per week. The Drexel University graduate application must be received by February 1 for consideration for the following fall.

LeBow College of Business

There are a limited number of graduate assistantships available in the full-time MBA, MS, and PhD programs. Teaching, administrative, and research assistantships are awarded by the faculty after a student enrolls in LeBow College. Stipends vary by program, but range between $3,300 and $7,560 per three-term contract. The stipend is in addition to tuition remission, which pays for three courses a term for the fall, winter, and spring quarters. Including the tuition remission, the total value of a teaching assistantship can be in excess of $18,000 per academic year. Graduate assistants work 20 hours a week, either teaching classes or conducting research under the direction of a faculty member.

College of Engineering

Fellowships and traineeships are provided by several departments in the college. These awards enable students to carry a full load of courses and do not require duties. Tuition costs are covered by the fellowship or traineeship. In addition, you receive a stipend, ranging up to $1,600 per month. Interested applicants should contact their department for more information about these awards.

Research and/or teaching assistantships are also available, enabling a student to carry a half-time course load. Recipients are required to work 20 hours per week, assisting in either teaching or research (some appointments require a combination of both.) The awards provide stipends ranging from $11,000 to $25,000, plus remission of tuition and fees for the academic year. Thus, the value of an assistantship may total more than $50,000.

Westphal College of Media Arts and Design

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available, providing tuition remission and a monthly cash stipend. Graduate assistants work 20 hours per week, typically within one of the college's academic departments and under the supervision of the department or program head. Applications are solicited each spring from matriculated students, for appointment the following year. For more information contact the college at 215-895-1675.

College of Medicine's Biomedical Graduate Studies

All students accepted in the PhD program receive:

  • Research assistantship ($20,500 per year for academic year 2003–2004)
  • Supplement of $1,400 per year for health insurance
  • Full-tuition scholarship

All students accepted in the MD/PhD program receive:

  • Research assistantship ($20,500 per year for academic year 2003–2004)
  • Supplement of $1,400 per year for health insurance
  • Full-tuition scholarship (for medical school and graduate studies)