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Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships

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. All students interested in applying for an Assistantship must complete the online Graduate Assistant or Doctoral Fellowship application found below, print it out, and hand it in at the Graduate Admissions Office (Newman Hall, Room 106). When Academic Graduate Assistantships/University Fellowships are available, the appropriate college will review the applications submitted and then contact a student. Non-Academic Graduate Assistantships are posted below and students may apply directly for them after submitting the Application for Graduate Assistantship/Fellowship.

The main number for any questions you  have concerning your graduate application can be answered by the graduate admissions office and based on your college:

St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies

718-990-1601

The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
718-990-3060 or 718-990-6478

The School of Education
718-990-2304 or 718-990-8054

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.

Academic Graduate Assistantships

The position descriptions for College departments and programs linked below provide general information about assistantships offered by St. John’s University. Please contact a department for further information about whether or not academic positions are presently available.

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. 

Available Non-Academic Graduate Assistantship Positions

All students interested in applying for an Assistantship must complete the online Graduate Assistant or Doctoral Fellowship application, print it out, and hand it in at the Graduate Admissions Office (Newman Hall, Room 106) or email it to [email protected]

The Division of Student Affairs offers exciting Graduate Assistant opportunities for highly qualified, ambitious, and motivated graduate students in many of the departments throughout the Division.

Graduate Assistantships offer tuition remission and a stipend as part of the compensation package depending on the position.

If you have any questions about your application or Graduate Assistantships with Student Affairs, please contact [email protected].

Queens Campus Positions

Center for Counseling and ConsultationDoctoral Fellowship

Doctoral Fellow Application Process:

To apply for this position, you must complete the Division of Student Affairs Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships Application. With your application, please include your CV, contact information for two references, and a letter of interest highlighting strengths, growth edges, and personal goals for the fellowship.

If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Storelli at 718-990-2103/ [email protected] or the CCC Training Coordinator, Dr. Miriam Varghese, at [email protected].

Doctoral Fellow Applications will be accepted between January 13, 2020 and January 31, 2020. Interviews will be conducted in the weeks following for selected students. Before an offer can be made, proof of acceptance into a matriculated graduate program must be provided.

 

    Department:  Office of Alumni Relations

    Position Title: Graduate Assistant for the office of Alumni Relations/Staten Island Campus

    Description of Services Provided by the Department:  Department engages alumni through communications, events, volunteer opportunities and student engagement to build and maintain relationships with St. John’s graduates keeping them connected to alma mater.

    Description of the student learning experience and how it relates to student’s field of study:

    Student will work on a team and individually developing, implementing and managing marketing strategies for alumni events.  GA will be assigned projects (events, reporting and research) and be expected to manage all aspects (planning, communications plan, follow up, staffing, volunteers, and post event reporting/analysis) in coordination with other departments within IA and across campus.  GA will develop and/or strengthen invaluable networking and interpersonal skills through alumni engagements at events, communications through phone, and in person.

    If the student’s learning experience is not related to the student’s filed of study, please describe how the student will benefit form this Graduate Assistantship:

    Students will receive an abundance of networking skills, time management, project management, ability to speak with a high level of knowledge on various aspects of an organization, conduct and participate in weekly meetings. They will also have a deeper understanding of the alumni network, the successful graduates of St. John’s and the importance of staying connected themselves.

    Major Activities GA will be involved in and evaluated on:

    1. Alumni Event Project Management.
    2. Marketing and Communications.
    3. Customer service in person, phone, written and electronic format.
    4. Volunteer Management.

    Qualifications:

    • Must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Communications, Hospitality Management, or Marketing.
    • Must be enrolled in a graduate program at St. John’s University in a program related to Business Administration, Marketing or Communications
    • Required experience: 1-2 years office experience preferred. Experience in event management, organizational leadership and customer experience desired.

    Compensation:

    • Stipend in the amount of $.4000
    • Tuition Remission √

    Dates of Assistantship:

    • Start date Fall 2019 and end date Spring 2020 by Academic Year (e.g. Fall 2018 – Spring 2019)
    • Hours per week 20 (excluding breaks and university holidays)
    • (If the GA is required to be available during breaks and on university holidays it must be specified in the original contract – otherwise they are not required.)
    • Need to be available one week before and one week after beginning/end of semester.

    Contact Person to receive resumes:  Isabel Scandaglia at [email protected]

    Department:  Office of Grants & Sponsored Research

    Position Title:   Graduate Assistant for Graduate Research Advancement in Science Scholarship Program-(GRASSP)

    Description of Services Provided by the Department:
    Sponsored by the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research (OGSR), the St. John’s University (SJU) GraduateResearch Advancement in Science Scholarship Program(GRASSP) is designed to foster an institutional culture of sponsored research in science complimenting the needs of our academic community. To this end, the University has made available a limited number of funds for SJU graduate students to actively engage in research/laboratory experience with a designated faculty member and to learn the basic tasks associated with sponsored research administration and compliance.

    Description of Student’s Learning Experience:
    (See below)

    Major Activities GA will be involved in and evaluated on:

    1. Each awardee will be assigned a designated faculty mentor within their major department in which they will engage in weekly experiential learning
    2. Awardees will work under the supervision and direction of their faculty mentor and will be exposed to the training, use and maintenance of SJU equipment and will be exposed to a laboratory environment and departmental facilities
    3. Each awardee will be assigned to a designated administrative mentor within the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research
    4. Each awardee will be trained in the distinction between federal/state/private research grant applications. Each awardee will be trained in the use and comprehension of proposal solicitations, federal guidelines (including the SF424 and NSF proposal Preparation Guide) and compliance policies (both internal and external). 

    Qualifications:

    1. The student must be enrolled in a graduate level (Science) course of study by the time of acceptance of this award.
    2. Student must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Communication Science & Disorders, Mathematics & Computer Science, Physics, Psychology, Clinical Health Professions, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacy Administration & Public Health, Computer Sciences, Mathematics and Science (College of Professional Studies)
    3. Experience required:   Students must demonstrate evidence of financial need through a written essay. A final report is due on the last day of the semester (3 page minimum to 5 page maximum).  *Applications are open to current SJU undergraduate students who have been accepted into a graduate program starting August 30, 2017 (fall semester: FY18).    

    Compensation:

    1. Stipend in the amount of $3,000

    Dates of Assistantship:

    1. Start Date is Fall 2017 and End Date is December 2017 by Academic Year.
    2. Hours per week is 15-20 (excluding breaks and University holidays)
    3. (If the GA is required to be available during breaks and on University holidays it must be specified in the original contract-otherwise they are not required.)
    4. (Need to be available one week before and one week after the beginning/end of the semester must be specified in the original contract-otherwise they are not required.)

    Contact Person: Send resumes to Jared E. Littman, M.P.A., Director at [email protected] .

    Position Title I: Graduate Assistant for the M.S. in Integrated Advertising Communication

    Describe the major activities the GA will be involved with and evaluated on:
    The work of a research graduate assistant (GA) predominantly involves assisting a faculty member or members with academic research. GA’s are not independent researchers and are not directly responsible for the outcome of the research. They are responsible to the Division Chair and/or the principal investigator (PI) of the various research projects they are working on. GA responsibilities vary greatly and may include, but are not limited to:
    •    Meet on a regular basis with the Division Chair and/or PI.
    •    Conducting literature reviews or library research.
    •    Collecting, coding, cleaning or analyzing data.
    •    Preparing materials for submission to funding agencies and foundations.
    •    Preparing materials for IRB review.
    •    Writing reports or designing conference presentations.
    •    If deemed appropriate, present the results of the research at professional meetings.

    Qualifications:
    •    Students who are admitted to the M.S. in Integrated Advertising Communication program in the College of Professional Studies are eligible for this assistantship.
    •    An undergraduate degree in Advertising, Business or related field and undergraduate coursework in research methods and/or statistics preferred but not required.
    •    GA’s on academic probation may not hold an assistantship. Graduate students whose GPA drops below a “B” average (3.0 GPA) will automatically be placed on probation and lose their assistantship.
    •    GA’s must be enrolled in at least nine credits during the Fall and Spring semesters. GA benefits are not available during any summer session.
     

    Compensation: 
    •    Stipend in the amount of $.6000
    •    Tuition Remission √

    Dates of Assistantship:
    •    Start date will be Fall 2019 and end date Spring 2020 by Academic Year (e.g. Fall 2018 – Spring 2019)
    •    Hours per week 20 (excluding breaks and university holidays)
    •    (If the GA is required to be available during breaks and on university holidays it must be specified in the original contract – otherwise they are not required.)
    •    Need to be available one week before and one week after beginning/end of semester.

    Send resumes to:  
    John Swan, Director, 
    M.S. in Integrated Advertising Communication -[email protected]

    Kevin James
    Assistant Dean
    Director of Fiscal and Administrative Affairs - [email protected]

     

    Position Title II: Graduate Assistant for the M.S. in Homeland Security & Criminal Justice Leadership
    Describe the major activities the GA will be involved with and evaluated on:
    The work of a research graduate assistant (GA) predominantly involves assisting a faculty member or members with academic research. GA’s are not independent researchers and are not directly responsible for the outcome of the research. They are responsible to the Division Chair and/or the principal investigator (PI) of the various research projects they are working on. GA responsibilities vary greatly and may include, but are not limited to:
    •    Meet on a regular basis with the Division Chair and/or PI.
    •    Conducting literature reviews or library research.
    •    Collecting, coding, cleaning or analyzing data.
    •    Preparing materials for submission to funding agencies and foundations.
    •    Preparing materials for IRB review.
    •    Writing reports or designing conference presentations.
    •    If deemed appropriate, present the results of the research at professional meetings.


    Qualifications:
    •    Students who are admitted to the M.S. in Homeland Security & Criminal Justice Leadership program in  the College of Professional Studies are eligible for this assistantship.
    •    An undergraduate degree in Advertising, Business or related field and undergraduate coursework in  research methods and/or statistics preferred but not required.
    •    GA’s on academic probation may not hold an assistantship. Graduate students whose GPA drops below a “B” average (3.0 GPA) will automatically be placed on probation and lose their assistantship.
    •    GA’s must be enrolled in at least nine credits during the Fall and Spring semesters. GA benefits are not available during any summer session.


    Compensation: 
    •    Stipend in the amount of $.6000
    •    Tuition Remission √

    Dates of Assistantship:
    •    Start date will be Fall 2019 and end date Spring 2020 by Academic Year (e.g. Fall 2018 – Spring 2019)
    •    Hours per week 20 (excluding breaks and university holidays)
    •    (If the GA is required to be available during breaks and on university holidays it must be specified in the original contract – otherwise they are not required.)
    •    Need to be available one week before and one week after beginning/end of semester.

    Send resumes to:  
    Dr. Brian Harte
    Professor – Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Homeland Security -  [email protected]

    Kevin James
    Assistant Dean
    Director of Fiscal and Administrative Affairs - [email protected]

     

     

    Department: Vincentian Institute Social Action (VISA)

    Position Title: Graduate Assistant for Outcomes Assessment and Community Partnerships (Service)

    Description of Services Provided by Department:  St. John’s University’s Vincentian Institute for Social Action (VISA) supports university-wide efforts to explore the causes of and develop solutions for poverty and social injustice throughout the world. VISA has formed strategic partnerships with service organizations that have a history of successful implementation of sustainable projects that have significantly impacted the lives of the disadvantaged.                                                                                                                    

    Reporting to the Assistant Director of Outcomes Assessment & Community Partnerships, the Service Graduate Assistant (SGA) will support the service component of the Ozanam Scholars Program. This position will engage very closely with service and social justice discussions focused on the areas of poverty, hunger, and homelessness. The SGA will serve as the primary liaison for all service related matters between the department administrators/staff of the community organizations, and Ozanam Scholars.

    Major Activities GA will be involved in and evaluated on:

    1. Facilitate day-to-day service logistics including, but not limited to: verify and monitor service hours; serve as a liaison for communication between service site staff and VISA; assist with Ozanam Scholar student orientation and service training; trouble-shoot service site related issues and/or concerns; attend Bi-Weekly (Tuesday) Team Meetings as scheduled by the Assistant Director; general administrative responsibilities as directed by the Assistant Director.  
    2. Supervise and manage student performance at service; provide guidance to the Ozanam Scholars in the formation, development, implementation, and evaluation of group research questions that demonstrate a critical assessment of service site needs and assets; co-create and co-lead monthly service reflections to engage Ozanam Scholars in social justice discussions connected to weekly service; provide Ozanam Scholars with written and oral follow-up information regarding service concerns and/or issues.   
    3. Provide van transportation for Ozanam Scholars to and from service sites; assist with transportation for other areas of Mission as requested by Assistant Director; assist with van maintenance (i.e. maintaining a clean and safe mode of transportation through scheduled mechanic/car wash visits, etc); provide daily updates to Assistant Director regarding van performance.
    4. Assist with implementation and evaluation of research programming at service sites; assist in identifying potential research opportunities focused on poverty and social justice; assist in evaluating service impact and research on students, partner organizations, and host communities.

    Qualifications:

    • Graduate Assistant must be in a degree program related to the Assistantship being requested:Two-year social sciences & liberal arts programs are preferred and encouraged to apply. PLEASE NOTE: Due to this position’s need for flexibility, students in programs that REQUIRE internship hours, student teaching hours, and field-work hours that may conflict with the GA position are asked to NOT apply.
    • Any undergraduate major. Social science majors and liberal arts, especially Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, and English preferred.
    • This position requires driving a University vehicle (12-passengar van), with employment contingent upon satisfactory results of a DMV background check and valid driver’s license (familiarity with NYC driving rules and regulations); flexible schedule (some weekends and evening hours are required as well as periodic scheduling changes); experience and/or ability supervising and managing undergraduate students; experience with facilitating service trips and leading reflections; poverty and social justice awareness and ability to engage in socio-political conversations around current and historical events and their effects on diverse at-risk populations; ability to develop and maintain appropriate professional relationships with University community partner administrators/staff; strong verbal and written communication skills.

     Compensation:

    •             Stipend in the amount of $ 4,000     

    •             Tuition Remission √

    Dates of Assistantship:

    • Start date Spring 2020 End date Spring 2021 by Academic Year (e.g. Fall 2018 – Spring 2019)
    • Hours per week: 20 (excluding breaks and university holidays)
    • (If the GA is required to be available during breaks and on university holidays it must be specified in the original contract – otherwise they are not required.)
    • (Need to be available one week before and one week after beginning/end of semester-specify in the original contract-otherwise they are not required.)

    Contact Person to receive resumes:  Fedaling Agwumezie – [email protected]

    Department:  Office of International Education

    Position Title: Graduate Assistant for International Communications

    Description of Services Provided by the Department:  Marketing development and production

    Description of the student learning experience and how it relates to student’s field of study:

    Students in International Communications or Marketing Management will gain professional insight in an international office, collaborating on projects and information sharing across a diverse network of constituents.

    Major Activities GA will be involved in and evaluated on:

    1. Research, develop and maintain web content on Terradotta
    2. Develop print and digital marketing materials as well as events to promote study abroad programs, including mentoring the Global Ambassador study abroad alumni program in coordination with the Outbound Student Services team
    3. Participate in OIE recruitment events, including weekend admissions events
    4. Coordinate a weekly email to all students with important announcements, deadlines, and events

    Qualifications:

    • Describe the type of graduate degree program related to the Assistantship being requested: International Communications or Marketing Management
    • Completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in A field related to marketing and communications is preferred
    • Experience required: Study abroad experience preferred, an understanding of social media, and experience with Illustrator, Photoshop or InDesign

    Compensation:

    • Stipend in the amount of $. 2000 per semester
    • Tuition Remission √

    Dates of Assistantship:

    • Start date Spring 2020 End date – End of graduate program by Academic Year May (e.g. Fall 2019 – Spring 2020)
    • Hours per week 20 (excluding breaks and university holidays)
    • (If the GA is required to be available during breaks and on university holidays it must be specified in the original contract – otherwise they are not required.)
    • Need to be available one week before and one week after beginning/end of semester.

    Contact Person to receive resumes:  Gregory Bruhn: [email protected]

    Position Title: Graduate Assistant for VISA Office in Rome

    Description of Services Provided by the Department:  Assisting with Academic Service-Learning and Ozanam Scholar’s service in Rome

    Description of the student learning experience: The learning experience will be aligned to the student’s major: The student will learn basic administrative and presentation skills as well as how to develop and maintain relationships with partner organizations, and how to lead meaningful reflection. These skills are transferable to most fields.

    Major Activities GA will be involved in and evaluated on:

    1. Serve as liaison between faculty, administrators, students and community service sites
    2. Accompany students to service, maintain relationships with community service sites in Rome
    3. Conduct meaningful pre and post service reflections with students
    4. Track student service hours in Excel

    Qualifications:

    • Student should be in a graduate degree program related to the Assistantship being requested: Social Sciences and Business degree programs.
    • Completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in: Social Science and Business degrees are preferred
    • Experience required: Excellent public speaking skills, attention to detail and knowledge of Excel

    Compensation:

    • Stipend in the amount of $4000
    • Tuition Remission √

    Dates of Assistantship:

    • Start date will be Spring 2020 and end date Fall 2020 by Academic Year (e.g. Fall 2018 – Spring 2019)
    • Hours per week 20 (excluding breaks and university holidays)
    • (If the GA is required to be available during breaks and on university holidays it must be specified in the original contract – otherwise they are not required.)
    • Need to be available one week before and one week after beginning/end of semester.

    Contact Person to receive resumes:  Anna Zak – [email protected]