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Graduate Teaching Assistantships

A graduate teaching assistantship (GTA) is a financial award given to a graduate student for part-time work in teaching.  

Public Health Assistantships

The department has two types of GTAs available, each with varying work responsibilities.  Those types include:

  • Graduate teaching assistants
  • Graduate teaching associates

These positions are awarded annually and recipients are expected to serve the entire academic year. When awarding GTA positions, preference is given to returning GTAs, doctoral students, and returning MPH students (in that order).

The Department of Public Health seeks to provide financial support for all its doctoral students, although it is not guaranteed. Students must apply for all forms of funding; they are not provided without submitted applications. We encourage students to apply for multiple forms of financial assistance.

Please Note

  • Only students who submit an application will be considered for a GTA  position.
  • No applications will be reviewed prior to the April 1 deadline.
  • Assistantship positions officially start in the fall of each year.
  • Assistantships are subject to available funding.
  • To be considered for a GTA position, students must submit an application each year regardless of past appointments.  Reappointments are not guaranteed.

What to Expect if Awarded


All positions provide the following:

  • Tuition / maintenance fee
  • Health insurance
  • Monthy stipend* (paid over twelve months)
    *Salary (stipend) is subject to federal income tax.

Students remain responsible for paying all other university fees, including (but not limited to) programs and services fees, campus facilities fees, technology fees, library fees, and transportation fees.

Work Load

Postions can be either 25% or 50% appointments.  The work loads for each type are:

  • 50% appointment = 20 hours of work per week, excluding organized class time.  Students must be registered for a minimum of 6 credit hours.
  • 25% appointment = 10 hours of work per week, excluding organized class time.  Students must be registered for a minimum of 9 credit hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

Any student admitted full-time to one of our graduate-level public health degree programs is welcome to apply for a GTA position.  This includes both international and domestic students.

The Department of Public Health has very few GTA positions available.  Open assistantship positions are awarded in the following preferential order:

  1. Returning GTAs
  2. PhD Students
  3. Currently enrolled MPH students
  4. Newly admitted MPH students

While newly admitted MPH students are welcome to apply, funding for assistantships is limited and often exhausted by returning GTAs, PhD students and currently enrolled MPH students

The deadline for applying for a GTA position is April 1 of each year.
We strive to notify applicants of whether or not they have been awarded a position no later than one month after the application deadline.
No. In order to maintain fairness for all applicants, assistantships are not awarded until the application deadline has passed.

Yes.  Assistantship opportunities are also available through other departments on campus.  General information regarding graduate assistantships and a list of some (but not all) GA positions in other departments is available on the UT Graduate School website. The applicable policies governing graduate assistantships are in the Graduate Catalog.

Additionally, occasionally individual public health faculty members will hire students to serve as graduate research assistants (GRA).  GRAs are paid positions but rarely include tuition waivers.