Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships in Interdisciplinary Arts Research

UGA offers Graduate School Research Assistantships to students entering programs in Art, Music, and Theatre and Film Studies following a highly qualified student’s nomination by their major department. These competitive, merit-based awards support collaborative research between the arts and other disciplines. Recipients of these assistantships work in a cohort of six graduate students with Ideas for Creative Exploration, an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at UGA.

To be considered for a Graduate School Research Assistantship, applicants must provide a one-page statement to their home department’s Graduate Coordinator. The statement should describe the applicant’s current research interests and any previous training and experience in interdisciplinary or collaborative programs and environments. Nominees will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary selection committee.

The benefits of this assistantship include an annual payment of $22,062 for a masters student or $24,541 for a doctoral student holding a master’s degree and a reduction of tuition to $25 per semester, instead of the standard tuition, which for the 2022-2023 school year is $4,439 for in-state students and $12,593 for out-of-state students. Contingent upon satisfactory academic progress, work performance, the recommendation of the home department, and continued funding by the State of Georgia, the award will be extended for the following year from July 1 to May 31.

These awards require a sixteen-hour per week work commitment. Graduate Research Assistants will receive peer mentorship and practical experience in arts research design, project leadership, and community engagement while supervised by the Artistic Director of Ideas for Creative Exploration. Assistantship duties will include the student’s own collaborative work across disciplines and facilitating collaborative projects and proposals with faculty, students, and community members.

All University of Georgia students are required to pay mandated student fees. For fall semester 2022, these are $695 and include services of the University Health Center and Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities, as well as transportation, athletic, technology, and activity fees. For further information on tuition and fees, please see

Individual departments will make every effort to continue funding at a rate consistent with their established stipends following the Graduate School Research Assistantship; please be aware that the stipend rate may change after this award ends. Individual departments will assign duties during additional semesters of study.

For more information about graduate degrees in the arts please visit:

Lamar Dodd School of Art

Graduate Coordinator: Isabelle Wallace

Hugh Hodgson School of Music

Graduate Coordinator: Adrian Childs

Theatre and Film Studies

Graduate Coordinator: John Patrick Bray

Ideas for Creative Exploration is supported in part by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate School.

For information about assistantships contact Artistic Director Mark Callahan,