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Graduate Assistantships and Research Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships (GA)
Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA)

Eligibility and Application Process

Research Assistants (RA)

Maximum Duration of GA and Fellowship Support


Graduate Assistant (GA)

Graduate assistants will have the cost of tuition waived for those courses registered toward the graduate degree and a paid stipend commensurate with the assigned instructional work load. The ensuing costs of the preceding stipends are covered from the instructional funds of the faculty.  The graduate assistant will work in direct support of course and lab instruction and will assist students on a regular basis in accordance with a load assigned by his or her department. Recipients are selected by the department on the basis of academic record and departmental need. Applications for graduate assistantships (for current students) are available in the department and on the web, and should be submitted before the deadline announced by the department to the departmental office. The stipend received is considered employment income and is subject to employment-related taxes in Lebanon. Tuition waiver is not subject to taxes.


Graduate Research Assistants(GRA)

Graduate research assistants, in addition to their instructional appointments, are employed to support the research of a faculty member in a capacity that enhances the student's career and educational development. GRAs are paid a stipend from the research funds of faculty members and grants to supplement or replace the instructional stipend, in return for teaching related assignments up to the limit set by the University. Research duties vary depending on the type of research project and may include laboratory experiments, library searches, data entry, preparation of reports, and other relevant assignments. The stipend received is considered employment income and is subject to employment-related taxes in Lebanon unless the stipend is awarded through fellowship.


Eligibility and Application Process

The general criteria for appointment to GA or GRA positions are:

  • The student must be admitted to, or enrolled, in a graduate program.
  • The student must be in good academic standing at AUB. A student on probation may not hold a graduate assistantship.
  • A student who is appointed as a full-time graduate assistant at AUB must not be engaged in any other employment commitments. 
  • A student is not permitted to hold a graduate assistantship at AUB concurrently with an assistantship at any other university.
  • Graduate assistants who are assigned primary responsibility for lab instruction or teaching tutorial sessions must have fulfilled the graduate English language proficiency requirements as specified in the AUB Graduate Catalogue.

The following rules apply to graduate assistants (GAs) and graduate research assistants (GRAs):

  • GAs and GRAs must be full-time students.
  • GAs and GRAs duties are assigned by the Chairperson of the Department.
  • GRA stipends and tuition support come from grants, either from the University Research Board (URB) or through external grant support. They supplement or substitute for the regular graduate assistantships and provide additional tuition or stipend support up to the limit set by the University.
  • The duties of GAs concentrate on teaching or teaching support such as:
    1. Assisting students during laboratory sessions
    2. Grading of homework assignments, lab reports, projects, and tests
    3. Proctoring exams
    4. Preparing course files and course notes
    5. Preparing and developing laboratory experiments
  • GAs and GRAs will be assigned office space and are expected to show-up for work on a full-time basis and continuously report to their faculty supervisor.
  • Students awarded graduate (research) assistantships are prohibited from working outside the department. They will not be entitled to receive other financial aid as long as the GA or GRA is in force. They may be terminated with one month notice at any time their performance is considered, at the sole discretion of the department, to be unsatisfactory.
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Full-time Status of GA and GRA (master degree level students)

 

GA Load (%)

Number of Registered Credits paid by AUB

Teaching Aid Service Hours

GRA Load (%)

Research Service Hours paid from Research Grants

Total GA+GRA Load (100%)

100%

9

20

0%

0

100%

67%

6

14

33%

7

100%

33%

3

7

67%

14

100%

0

0

0

100%

40

100%

Full-time Status of GA and GRA for Summer term

100%

6-9

20

0%

0

100%

50%

3

10

50%

10

100%

0

0

0

100%

40

100%



Research Assistants(RA)

Research Assistantships (RAs) are granted by faculty members to academically qualified individuals who are primarily engaged in assisting with research projects. RAs are negotiated directly with the faculty member(s) involved. Research assistants must hold a bachelor’s degree.

Research assistants may be appointed either on a part-time or full-time basis, according to the following stipulations:

  • Part-time RAs are defined as individuals whose appointments are for no more than a maximum of 50 percent of full-time appointments and on a semester basis, and may not, in any case, exceed a period of nine months. A part-time research assistant is not eligible for termination benefits or for enrollment in the health insurance plan (HIP), as per the provisions of the retirement program and HIP. If appointed at less than 50 percent time, the contract may extend beyond nine months, but not more than 11 months.
  • Full-time RAs are on full-time appointments and have benefits that vary according to the duration of their contracts. Those who have contracts for a period of more than three months are entitled to join the HIP program. However, to benefit from the reduction of tuition fees (for oneself) accorded to other full-time employees as part of the staff education benefit; the contract must be for a period of at least one year. Termination benefits under “Plan B” and the staff education benefits must be budgeted in the grant or through other funds.

Maximum Duration of GA and Fellowship Support

The maximum length for receiving GA support (from all sources of funding) is limited to four regular semesters and one summer.

 

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