Research and Teaching Opportunities
Research and Teaching Opportunities Academic appointments are an important source of financial support for Berkeley graduate students, although their availability varies by department. Some departments may propose a combination of teaching and research appointments as part of a financial support package. Other departments may expect you to arrange for your academic appointments after you arrive on campus. All graduate students are restricted to working no more than half time regardless of the position they hold. For example, Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) typically work on average 16 to 20 hours per week. Graduate student academic appointments have minimum academic requirements, such as grade-point average (GPA), and students are expected to meet registration and enrollment requirements.
Some positions may be eligible for fee remissions in addition to salary. For more detailed information, please see the What You Need to Know about Being a GSI, GSR, Reader, or Tutor (PDF) publication available on the Graduate Division's web site. For more information on eligibility requirements and the availability of appointments, contact the department for which you want to work. On occasion, some departments may list openings with the Career Center website.
Please review the Graduate Division's web site for more information.
Earnings from GSI/GSR appointments will not affect your current eligibility for financial aid. However, the associated fee remission on GSHIP remissions you receive will be treated as a resource and deducted from your financial aid eligibility.