An assistantship is a type of financial and work opportunity available to graduate students. There are 4 types of assistantships at UNM: Teaching, Research, Graduate and Project assistantships. Assistantships pay an hourly wage or monthly stipend to the student. Students receiving assistantships may teach, help grade class assignments, do research or other academic work. If the assistantship is more than half the semester in duration, the award will also provide health insurance. If the assistantship is more than half the semester in duration and the student works at least 10 hours per week, the assistantship entitles the student to pay the in-state tuition rate. Some assistantships also pay all or some of the tuition and fees for the student. Assistantships are extremely competitive.
Most assistantships are offered by a student's own academic department. However, a student can look for an assistantship in another department if he/she qualifies. Some assistantship and graduate job announcements are posted on the Office of Graduate studies (OGS) website.