University of South Dakota Graduate Assistantships


Hiring Range: $3,763 per semester

Consideration Date: Fall and spring semesters

Brief Description:

The University of South Dakota is pleased to offers qualified post-baccalaureate students financial assistance in exchange for their teaching, research and service efforts to the University. Teaching and Research assistantships are awarded by individual departments. To be qualified for a graduate assistantship, a student must be fully admitted to a graduate program and enrolled in nine graduate credit hours.A graduate assistantship provides a significant tuition reduction and a stipend.

Supported By:

The University of South Dakota (or informally USD or the U) is a public coeducational research university located in the small town community of Vermillion, South Dakota. USD was established by the Dakota Territory legislature in 1862, 27 years before the establishment of the state of South Dakota (first classes held 1882 in the Clay County Courthouse), USD is the oldest public university in the state.


The applicants must meet the entire requirement for the graduate assistantship:

  • Graduate Assistants must be regularly admitted graduate students in good academic standing in their degree program and the Graduate School.
  • International students must meet admission requirements and may have select departmental requirements depending on the type of assistantship.
  • Graduate Assistants must maintain active status and be registered for at least nine credit hours during the fall and spring semesters and, if their assistantship responsibilities continue during the summer, one credit hour during any summer session. (See further discussion below on required enrollment.) Summer enrollment is not required to maintain an Assistantship in the fall and spring semesters. FICA taxes will be collected on pay unless the Graduate Assistant is enrolled for three credit hours in the summer term (SDBOR Policy 5:6).
  • If selected as a Graduate Assistant, students must successfully pass a criminal background check and sign an intellectual property and confidentiality agreement. Passage requirements for the background check are determined by Human Resources and the Graduate School and may be based on appointment type and expected duties.
  • Acceptance for a graduate assistantship requires successful completion of the USD graduate admission process.
  • Students who are provisionally admitted do not qualify for an assistantship. Admission to a USD academic program does not necessarily guarantee receipt of an assistantship.
  • Applicants who were not accepted for assistantships in the fall semester may be considered the following spring semester.

How to Apply:

To apply for a Graduate Assistantship (GA), applicants can download and complete an Assistantship application through the given link:

  • Note: Applications are submitted to the Graduate School for processing; however, each hiring unit makes independent hiring decisions and notifies the Graduate School accordingly. Appointments may be for any duration up to 12 months.

Supporting Documents:

Submit an updated resume with the assistantship application

Submitting Details:

  • The applicants can forward an electronic copy of the application and resume to
  • While electronic versions of the application are highly preferred, your application and resume may be faxed to 605-677-6118 or
  • Hard copies sent to the attention of the Graduate School at University of South Dakota Attn: Graduate School McKusick Technology Center, Room 211 414 East Clark Street, Vermillion, South Dakota 57069-2390

Financial Award:

The minimum stipend is $3,763.00 per semester, $940 per four-week session for FY18 (if Summer Option B is awarded).

More Information:

Contact Information:

For more information about Graduate Assistantships, contact the Graduate School at 800-233-7937 or by e-mail at