Graduate Assistantships

A variety of graduate teaching assistantships (GTA), graduate research assistantships (GRA), and fellowships are available with 9-month stipends that typically start at ~$17,964 and usually include a tuition waiver presently worth $26,950. Exceptional Ph.D. students may receive a Lindahl Scholarship totaling $22,000 for a nine month appointment. Salary for Research assistantships can vary but usually range from $18-25,000 for a 12-month position. Summer support is often available.

Teaching assistantships are awarded by the department to students based on academic credentials, student background, research background and our curriculum requirements. In this role, successful graduate students are required to teach course sections such as undergraduate labs for a specific number of hours per semester.

Research assistantships are offered by individual faculty for projects that have usually received external funding from outside agencies or research institutes. In this role, successful graduate students are not required to teach, and are able to focus on research during the semester.

The graduate school also offer a number of fellowships and scholarships, details of which can be found here.

Applying for an Assistantship

Students interested in applying for a graduate position within the department are encouraged to contact a member of faculty in their area of research interest and discuss possible research opportunities.

Applications are created and submitted through the Graduate School, the link to which can be found here.

We accept applications throughout the year, with our major enrollment considered in the Fall of the following year, though Spring enrollment is considered in certain circumstances. Graduate applications will be reviewed in the Fall/Winter Semesters, with a suggested final application deadline of the 15th January. Applications after this date will be considered but will be given a lower priority.

Self-funded students or students with established scholarships/fellowships are also encouraged to apply, with a deadline of 15th March.

**Open Funded GRA Positions**

Open funded research positions will be advertised here when they are available:

  • The Cartwright Cosmochemistry Lab Group at the University of Alabama Department of Geological Sciences announces the availability of a fully-funded MS or PhD position in the area of chronology studies of achondrite meteorites. The project involves the analysis of selected clasts within meteorites using multiple chronometers to improve the understanding of the impact flux in the inner Solar System.

Qualified applicants should have research experience (preferably in geochemistry) including handling of geological samples, data-handling experience, and a degree in geology, geochemistry, astrophysics or physics.

Interested candidates should email the following items to Dr. Julia Cartwright at

  • An up-to-date resume or CV;
  • A 500-word (max) research interest statement;
  • A 200-word (max) career interest statement;
  • Official/Unofficial degree transcripts.

The position is due to start in 2019.

For more information about the research group, visit