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Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships

Thank you for your interest in the Graduate Assistantship positions at St. John’s University. 

A limited number of Graduate Assistantships and University Fellowships are granted to various academic departments within each school and college of the University. Graduate Assistantships are also available in administrative departments. Below are the current available Assistantship/Fellowship opportunities listed by department. Please note, to be considered for a GA or Fellowship position, new students should first apply through the application portal, and continuing students should apply via the form below. Then, you can view open positions via Handshake using the instructions below:

  • Students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program at St. John's University should apply to each individual position via the Handshake app chiclet found in the St. John's Signon dashboard.
  • Students who are currently enrolled in a combined degree program at St. John's University, should apply to each individual position via the Handshake app chiclet found in the St. John's Signon dashboard. 
  • New students with a stjohns.edu email address can register for Handshake online.
  • Students not currently enrolled at St. John's University can create a Handshake profile online.
  • Please note, when searching for employment opportunities at St. John's University, apply the following filters:
    • Employer: St. John's University
    • Job Type: Fellowship

Graduate Assistantships and Doctoral Fellows Forms

Academic Criteria

Awards are given on the basis of academic merit. Applicants for Doctoral Fellowships and Graduate Assistantships are only expected to submit GRE or GMAT scores if they are required to do so within their primary department of study.

All awardees are expected to have an undergraduate overall GPA of at least 3.20. Graduate Assistants will be expected to show evidence of a 3.20 GPA or above in any previous graduate work. Doctoral Fellows will be expected to show evidence of 3.5 GPA or above in any previous graduate work. Graduate Assistants who do not maintain these minimum GPAs will not be eligible to keep their assistantships.

The Graduate Admissions Assistance Program (GAAP) oversees graduate student applications to external scholarships. The staff of the GAAP Office will assist you in determining your eligibility for scholarships and in completing the application process. In addition to our regular Graduate Assistantships and Doctoral Fellowships, several additional scholarships are available including the Pope Paul VI Scholarship Program and the Catholic School Teacher Scholarship.

Graduate Assistantship and Doctoral Fellows Position Descriptions

There are two main types of academic graduate assistantships available: Graduate Assistantships for master’s students, and Doctoral Fellows for doctoral students. Students must be enrolled in a program of study affiliated with the department or program offering the assistantship. The number of Graduate Assistantships and Doctoral Fellowships may vary from year to year.  

Graduate Assistantships

There are two types of Graduate Assistantships. The first type of Graduate Assistantship is an academic assistantship. Graduate Assistants with academic assistantships are assigned to their home departments and are expected to assist in teaching and/or to conduct research within their disciplines. Academic Graduate Assistants work up to 20 hours per week. Teaching duties cannot include being the instructor of record. It is recommended that Academic Graduate Assistants should devote on average up to 5 hours per week engaged in assisting in the teaching or mentoring of students.

The other type of Graduate Assistantship is a non-academic assistantship. Graduate Assistants with non-academic assistantships are assigned to offices throughout the University and are not directly affiliated with their home departments. Non-Academic Graduate Assistants are not expected to teach or conduct research, but their learning experiences should have relevance to their fields of study. Non-Academic Graduate Assistants are expected to work up to 20 hours per week for an administrator and are not expected to engage in the assistance of teaching or mentoring of students.

Both master’s and doctoral students are eligible for Graduate Assistantship positions.

Doctoral Fellowships

Doctoral Fellowships are awarded to doctoral students only; these fellowships reside only in academic departments, with the exception of the Institute for Writing Studies (See “Other Program Descriptions,” below). Doctoral Fellows conduct research and may teach. Teaching activities might include lab supervision, serving as instructor of record for select undergraduate courses, or tutoring students. Research must be confined to the needs of the program, faculty, or student.  Doctoral Fellows work up to 20 hours per week. It is recommended that Doctoral Fellows should devote on average up to 5 hours per week engaged in the teaching or mentoring of students.

Other Graduate Assistantships (Non-Academic)

Other types of Graduate Assistantships are assigned to non-academic departments throughout the University, which are not directly affiliated with the student’s home department. These Graduate Assistantships do not require teaching or research in an academic discipline but administrative Graduate Assistants are expected to work up to 20 hours per week for an administrative unit. 

Assistantship/Fellowship Opportunities

Job Title: Graduate Assistant-Business Affairs

Job Description: Reporting to the Associate Controller, the Graduate Assistant is responsible for the performance of various monthly bank reconciliations and account analyses for the University’s credit card transactions, financial aid, payroll benefits and other withholdings transactions.

For more information and/or to apply, please visit Handshake.

Job Title: Doctoral Fellow for Center for Counseling & Consultation

As a Doctoral Fellow in the Division of Student Affairs, this job description denotes your primary responsibilities; however, the Division operates as a cohesive unit, and you may be asked to assist in other areas throughout the Division as necessary.

The Center for Counseling and Consultation is only seeking advanced Clinical and School Psychology graduate students.

Job Description: Doctoral Fellows will provide direct clinical services (individual and group) to St. John’s students. Fellows will also receive supervision from licensed senior staff and will be given the opportunity to participate in weekly case consultation meetings.

For more information and/or to apply, please visit Handshake.

Job Title: Graduate Assistant for Student Communications (@StJohnsNow)

As a graduate assistant in the Division of Student Success, this job description denotes your primary responsibilities; however, the Division operates as a cohesive unit, and you may be asked to assist in other areas throughout the Division as necessary.

Job Description: Under the direction of the Director of Student Communications and Web Content, the Graduate Assistant will be responsible for providing support to the University’s communications needs and assisting in its strategic initiatives while providing administrative office support.

For more information and/or to apply, please visit Handshake.

Job Title: Graduate Assistant for Media Relations

Job Description: This position reports directly to the Director of Media Relations. This person should be an outgoing, energetic, and creative student who is a clear self-starter. The ideal candidate should want to develop skills and training in the field of public relations, media relations, marketing, broadcast, or print journalism. The graduate assistant will also have the opportunity to promote events and work with the media in a fast-paced environment. The Graduate Assistant will gain a wealth of real-world experience that can be applied to the business world. 

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Job Title: Graduate Assistant for Graduate Admission

Job Description: Help oversee the social media team and the student workers for OGA. Assist at events and with communicating between other departments on campus for unibuddy chats, Instagram lives and collaborations. Assist students, applicants, staff, and administration, with the application/enrollment process for the Office of Graduate Admission.

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Job Title: Graduate Assistant for Pre-Enrollment/Special Programs

Job Description: Under the direction of the Associate Provost of Pre-Enrollment Programs, the Graduate Assistant will be responsible for supporting various aspects of multitude projects and initiatives within the Office of Pre-Enrollment/Special Programs in addition to supporting initiatives affiliated with larger unit of Enrollment Management. The position requires an array of skills, specifically: digital content creation, editing, digital design and event planning.

For more information and/or to apply, please visit Handshake.