Types of Assistantships offered:
Most of the students find assistantship with out much difficulty. The main point that plays a vital role in deciding whether the student gets these assistances is the students ability of excel in his course. There are 5 different kinds of assistantships that a student can seek while applying for admission to these courses They are
These are offered to students brilliant in their studies by third parties. This I the scholarships offered by people to students excelling in their studies but are unable to find sponsorship. The funds from the scholarships help cover either the education or some expense related to education of the student. NeoVeda has a scholarship scheme as an encouragement for students. There also many available resources though which the student can recover most of the money spent on the application procedure.
Fellowships are normally granted to students whom the Universities feel will be resourceful to their departments. A student who has fellowship is paid a stipend along with the exemption of paying the course fee. The student has to only concentrate on his studies and take care of himself. This is the best likely form of assistantship a student can hope to achieve. Though, it has to be said, the competition for the fellowship grants are very tough.
Research Assistantship (RA)
A research assistant is expected to assist a specific professor with his/her research, writing papers etc. It is crucial that the student puts in a total of 10 - 20 hrs every week, besides his study timings. Through RA the student may gain partial or total wrap up of his tuition fee and also earn a stipend.
Teaching Assistantship (TA)
Sometimes the students are assigned with helping a professor in his teaching tasks. In such cases the student would be required to conduct tutorial or correct the homework of students. The student would be required to put in about 10 to 20 hrs a week for his TA job. The deciding quality in getting TA is the student’s proficiency over English and how well he is able to communicate his thoughts.
Earning within the campus
Students who are brilliant in their study group occasionally get partial or full exemption from paying their course fees. In spite of such exemption the department may not be able to support the student due to the lack of funds. Under such circumstances the student is permitted to find a job to support him. Any kind of job in the cafeteria or library or computer lab is permitted, as long as it is within the university or college premises. No job is considered as menial or undignified to the student. The only criterion is that the student is required to put in regular, allotted timings for these jobs.
A key attraction of US universities is that in addition to quality education and research, plenty of funding opportunities exist. Most of the applicants are very much interested in getting funded. While there is no magic wand for funding, it helps to understand the root cause and the reasons behind the existence of funding. Lets start with a trivia quiz:
Q. US Universities provide funding opportunities to local and international students because:
(a) America is a rich country and universities have a lot of money
d is a good answer, a and b are correct to a very limited extent, but c is the best answer.
It is important to understand the following facts about the funding:
Here is what you should understand:
Now the key question: Who gets funded?
Wisdom Mart key to funding:
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