Graduate programs at UCLA offer employment opportunities to graduate students including teaching and research assistantships. Additional work resources are available here, such as special readers, departmental scholars, postdocs, and internships.
Teaching Assistantships (TAs / TA’ships)
A Teaching Assistantship (TA) is a meaningful way for graduate students to obtain teaching experience. Teaching assistants are selected on the basis of scholarship and promise as teachers. Duties may include teaching, holding office hours, preparing course materials and grading under the tutelage and supervision of regular faculty members who are responsible for curriculum and instruction in the University.
If you are interested in a TAship, first confirm that you meet TA eligibility criteria, then identify departments you may want to work for. Contact them regarding TA openings. Here you can find: TA contacts per-program. You can also sign up to receive announcements on open Teaching Assistantship Positions.
Applicants whose first language is not English: please see how to qualify for a TA appointment on the Test of Oral Proficiency for UCLA Graduate Students.
Research Assistants (RAs)
Research assistants are appointed to the title Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) and are selected on the basis of scholastic achievement and promise as creative scholars. GSRs assist faculty with scholarly research under the direction and supervision of a faculty member.
Departmental scholars, distinguished undergraduate students recognized by departments, are eligible for apprentice teaching appointments in lower-division courses with departmental endorsement and Graduate Division approval after the qualified pool of graduate students is exhausted. scholarly research under the direction and supervision of a faculty member.
If you are interested in a TAship, first confirm that you meet TA eligibility criteria.
Readers & Special Readers
Readers/Special Readers assist faculty members with the reading and grading of students’ papers and exams, under the guidance and direction of faculty members. Readers must have taken and received at least a B in the course for which they are hired while Special Readers must have taken and received at least a B+ in the course for which they are reading. Readers are appointed for undergraduate numbered courses (1-199) while Special Readers are hired for upper division undergraduate or graduate level courses (100 and above).
The primary duty of a Tutor is individual or small group review instruction related to, but not required in, specific courses. The duty is performed under the supervision of faculty “instructors of record” or designated staff members who are vested with the sole and final responsibility for course content, work assignments, performance evaluations and grading in the assigned course and its related tutoring.
Tutors must contact the program they’re interested in for open positions.
TAs and RAs are considered Academic Apprentice Personnel (AAP). This term applies to registered graduate students who have fulfilled the University’s established criteria for appointment (no more than 50% time) to teaching or research assistantships and for which they are compensated at rates approved annually by the Regents of the University of California. The University of California considers Academic Apprentice Personnel primarily as students being professionally trained, and graduate student status takes precedence over University employment.
Graduate students who hold AAP appointments must meet criteria including the following:
- Registered/enrollment in at least 12 units continuously for the term(s) of appointment.
- Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at the time of hire.
- Supervised by a UCLA faculty member.
Departmental Scholars students who want to be appointed as a Teaching Assistant must meet criteria including the following:
- Cannot exceed 25% appointment in any term
- Must have a 3.5 GPA
- Must have completed 12 quarters at UCLA if entered as a freshman or 6 quarters if entered as a transfer
- Must have completed 8 upper division courses toward the undergraduate major
- Must be enrolled in at least 12 units
- Must enroll in the same 375 and 495 TA training and pedagogy courses that are required of graduate students in their respective departments
Please see the Academic Apprentice Personnel Manual for further details.
Academic Apprentice Personnel (AAP) are eligible to receive checks in advance of service as short-term, interest-free loans, which are repaid by payroll deductions from their compensation.
Interest-free loans are available for qualified ASEs and GSRs as a way to receive checks early. Apply through the ASE/GSR Advanced Loan Authorization Form.
Graduate students holding Academic Apprentice Personnel (AAP) titles may qualify for Fee Remissions.
Fee remissions for Academic Apprentice Personnel (AAP) cover approximately 95% in-state fee/tuition assessments in the form of Employer-paid benefits applied to the appointee’s quarterly/semester fee assessment. Fee remissions cover the following assessment categories:
- Health Insurance (100%).
- Tuition (100%).
- Student Services Fee (100%).
- Qualified GSRs in appointments of at least 45% time for an entire academic quarter may also be eligible to receive nonresident tuition remission covered at 100%.
To qualify for fee remissions, a graduate student must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Serve in AAP titles for at least 25% time (10 hours weekly) in a term.
- Meet minimum requirements for AAP Eligibility, above.
More AAP Employment Resources
- Employment Resources List
- TA Marketplace (Teaching Assistantship Positions Group)
- Teaching Assistant & Reader Appointments
- Academic Apprentice Personnel Manual
- Academic Apprentice Salary Scales
- Graduate Work-Study at UCLA
- Work Eligibility for AB540/DACA Students
- Childbirth Accommodation Funding
- Childcare Reimbursement Program
Graduate Work-Study at UCLA
Federal work-study grants are available to “financially need eligible” graduate students to complete part-time paid internships, community service, research projects, or other endeavors closely related to their academic degree program.
Once you’ve acquired your doctoral degree, you may apply to do postdoctoral research on campus. A postdoctoral scholar conducts research under the general oversight of a UCLA faculty mentor in preparation for a career position in academe, industry, government or the non-profit sector. Postdoctoral work provides essential training in many disciplines for individuals pursuing academic careers and may include opportunities to enhance teaching and other professional skills.
Learn about UCLA’s postdoctoral scholar opportunities and resources at the Graduate Division’s Postdoctoral Scholar Services.
Internships offer opportunities to gain “real-world” experience—a chance to apply theory to practice—in specific areas. They are available on campus and off for current UCLA students. Some offer course credit.
The UCLA Career Center’s Internship & International team is a good place to start looking for internships, as is the UCLA International Education Office if you’re looking for an experience abroad. Other places are your home program/department and other programs/departments on campus.
Open Staff Administration Positions
Open Faculty Positions
The Academic Personnel Office at UCLA offers information about academic employment opportunities, professional development, and faculty retirement benefits.