Graduate Education at Idaho State University

Contact Info

Graduate School

Idaho State University
921 S. 8th Ave, Mail Stop 8075
Pocatello, ID 83209-8075

Phone: 1-208-282-2150

FAX: 208-282-4847


Graduate Catalog

Assistantships and Fellowships

Assistantships and Fellowships Idaho State University offers qualified post-baccalaureate students financial assistance in exchange for their teaching, research and service work to the University. Teaching and Research assistantships are awarded by individual departments. Further inquiries should be directed to the Graduate Chair of the Department. Assistantships are a great way for students to gain further experience in their field of study and gain professional skills as well. Advantages include collaboration with professors and students, leadership abilities, definite responsibility and performance evaluations.

Students interested in Graduate Assistantships should apply through the Graduate School. Because full-time graduate assistants are expected to work up to 20 hours per week, the maximum number of credits an assistant may earn is 12. To be qualified for a graduate assistantship, a student must be fully admitted in a graduate program and enrolled in nine graduate credit hours.

Process for awarding graduate assistantships and DA fellowships


Graduate Assistantships (GA)

There are about 200 GA's available across the University; most of these require serving as an instructor for a department. Most assistantships are awarded in the spring semester for the next academic year. Full time GA's are expected to work up to 20 hours/week for their stipend. Contact the department chair or graduate program director for GA application information.

International Students

Graduate assistants who are international students, whose native language is not English, and who have assigned to teach, must complete an English speaking proficiency examination, usually the Spoken English Assessment Kit (SPEAK), administered at the ISU Student Success Center. In order for an international student must score a 23 or above on the Speaking Section of the TOEFLiBT.


Normally, graduate assistants are involved in classroom instruction, supervision of laboratory sections, grading papers and/or examinations, assisting faculty members in research activities, or other equivalent duties.


Research Assistantships (RA)

Research Assistantships are available across the University through grant monies or other external sources. Conditions of employment and amounts of compensation vary. Questions about such sources of support should be directed to the academic departments or colleges.

To Apply Contact your Graduate School!



There are 26 Doctor of Art Fellowships awarded each year to students admitted to and enrolled in the Doctor of Arts program. These are available only in the Departments of Biological Sciences, English, Mathematics and Political Science. Most of these are awarded late spring-early summer each year. Contact these departments for details and applications. See location/phone below.

To Apply Contact your Graduate School!

Contact Location Phone
Biological Sciences Life Sciences Building 282-3765
English Liberal Arts Building 282-2478
Mathematics Physical Sciences Building 282-3350
Political Science Business Admin Building 282-2211


Common Templates Used

Assistantship Offer Letter Template
Summer Award Template


Contract Payroll Information

Personnel Recommendation Form
GA Fellow Contract Rates
Payroll Date Calendar
Contract Payroll Dates


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209