Variable Rate Assistantship
Appointment of graduate students to half-time assistantships at stipend grades 9, 10, 11, and 27 or to quarter– or three-quarter-time assistantships at any grade (9-27) is intended for special circumstances where it becomes necessary to provide stipend rates outside the required half-time grades of 12 through 26. The half-time grades 12-26 should accommodate the vast majority of appointments. Special circumstances may include external fellowship supplements that require less than typical levels of institutional support; extreme market competitiveness within a disciplinary field; the requirement by an outside sponsor to provide a specified institutional match that exceeds the highest stipend level; or other comparable extenuating situations that necessitate rates outside the established range. Approval for all such offers should be obtained prior to conveying assistantship support to prospective or continuing students.
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