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Assistantships (Education Department)

The University of Minnesota Duluth Department of Education makes teaching assistantships, research assistantships and tuition fellowships available to students who have been admitted to the doctoral program. The teaching and research assistantships will consist of a tuition waiver, monthly stipend and 10-20 hours of work per week for the contracted time period.

Students are eligible to hold a graduate assistantship or fellowship if they are:

  • Admitted to the Ed.D. graduate school program at UMD
  • Registered for a minimum number of required credits an assistantship is held (typically a minimum of six credits per semester)

The typical academic appointment for assistantships begins the August prior to the beginning of the academic year and continue through May of that academic year, with optional summer appointment. However, there may be different configurations of assistantships which might include:

  • Single-semester: A single semester appointment is for one semester only and runs according to the official payroll semester dates. A student must be appointed semester by semester. It may be extended based on the needs of the hiring department, performance, and availability of funds.
  • Annual: An annual appointment runs for a nine-month academic or 12-month fiscal year.

To apply for a graduate fellowship or assistantship, complete the application for graduate assistantship.

  • Graduate assistantships are chosen by the application committee based on qualifications, experience, and needs of the program.

Other Types of Aid

Other types of aid may be available.


Fellowships may also be available the University of Minnesota Graduate Fellowship Office.

Fellowships are also available for members of AERA. While these are very competitive, they are worth consideration, especially the Minority Fellowship Program in Education Research and the AERA Grants Program. Additional funding details can be found on the AERA Funding Opportunities page.


A variety of grants to support student activities are available from GAPSA. See the GAPSA Grants page for details.


UMD participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Student Loan Program. Degree-seeking students, including graduate students may be eligible. For more information, see the Federal Student Loans page.


Employees of the University of Minnesota may apply for the Regents Scholarship Program.

Travel and Conference Support

Each semester, some funds are available to support attendance at conferences. Contact Karen Mehle ( for details on how to apply.

The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA) also provides Travel Grants for students who are presenting at conferences and professional meetings.

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