To check the status of your GA application, please email your request (including name and UIN) to:


 Are you planning to apply for fall?

The annual application deadline for first round consideration is March 15. Students who wish to be considered for an assistantship starting on August 16 must have a complete application file on record with the Graduate Assistantship Office by 5:00 pm (central standard time) on March 15 in order to be included in the first round of file reviews.

If the annual priority deadline is missed, students may submit a complete application file by 5:00 pm (central standard time) on June 1 to be included in the second round.

Are you applying for spring?

The deadline to submit a complete application to be considered if any assistantship positions are available for the spring semester is 5:00 pm (central standard time) on November 1.

Complete Application File

You can submit your application for a Graduate Assistant when you apply for graduate admission.  You will be prompted to complete the application and submit a current resume. You will also be asked to provide three letters of reference, with two being from faculty who are familiar with your academic work  and one from a current or former employer. The three reference letters must be submitted by the reference (not the applicant), dated within the past 18 months,  and be on university or business letterhead.

You will also be asked to complete a Personal Goals Statement.  Full consideration for GA positions is  contingent on submission of requisite transcripts to the Office of Admissions.

Policy on Dual Program Applicants

Applicants can choose to apply for both the Graduate Assistantship and Graduate Public Service Internship programs simultaneously, however, once an applicant has accepted a position, they are no longer eligible to be considered for the other program’s applicant pool.

Apply for a Graduate Assistantship positions 

You will log in using your user name and password created when you applied for admission to UIS.

International students please note:  An F-1 visa and a social security number must be on file before you may begin working as a graduate assistant. Please refer the “Eligibility Criteria” option for more information. Additionally, an attested and sealed copy of your undergraduate degree certification must be on file with the UIS Office of Admissions before you may begin working. The UIS Office of Admissions may provide you with an extended time frame to provide your convocation certificate; however, if it is not on file, you may place your eligibility at risk because hiring departments will not wait for this document to arrive before finalizing hiring decisions.