Academic Assistantships


Each semester the School of Data Science awards a number of assistantships to support SDS graduate and undergraduate academic programs.  Only students enrolled in an SDS program are eligible to apply for SDS-funded assistantships.  Assistantships are usually in one of two forms: Instructional Assistants or Teaching Assistants.  

Instructional Assistants (IAs) are hired as Student Temporary workers.  IAs are paid on an hourly basis, $18.00 an hour, and are usually assigned to support special projects or clerical projects.  They are responsible for submitting bi-weekly time sheets.

Teaching Assistants (TAs)  are hired to support a faculty member in the delivery of a class.  Responsibilities may include grading papers, setting up laboratory experiences, keeping class records, preparing instructional materials, staffing office hours, and limited teaching responsibilities. TAs are paid roughly $18.00 an hour.  


  • full-time appointment for a TA or IA is 20 hours per week
  • half-time appointment for a TA or IA is 10 hours per week
  • Awards are for one semester but may be extended at the discretion of the program
  • SDS appointments do not come with a tuition remission


  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Must be enrolled in an SDS graduate program
  • Students funded through the SDS program may enroll in a maximum of 9 credit hours while holding a full-time appointment (20 hours)
  • In-state, out-of-state, and international students are eligible to apply
  • Current and newly admitted students are eligible to apply
  • Enrolled in the DSBA, Health Informatics, or Data Science undergraduate program

Additional information can be found on the Graduate School's and UNC Charlotte's Human Resources websites. 

How and When to Apply

The application portal opens the first week of October for Spring assistantships and the first week of March for Summer and Fall Assistantships. Once the application portal is open, it will stay open throughout the semester. The application is an online electronic form that allows applicants to highlight skills, note their preferences, and upload both a cover letter and resume.

Interested students should apply by completing the SDS Instructional Assistantship Application form below. Submitted applications will be reviewed and candidates interviewed and selected by the faculty. Students will be notified if additional information is needed or if they have been selected for a position. The application for Summer 2023 and Fall 2023 Graduate Assistantships are available now:

Spring 2024: Apply Here

Additional Funding Resources

The Graduate School offers information on graduate assistantships beyond the SDS, need and merit-based awards, and payment plans on its website.  The Career Center also posts open TA and IA positions HERE.