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Graduate Assistantships

*The 2020-2021 assistantship positions have all closed.

Please visit DoreWays and the Peabody Job Board to find additional opportunities.

Peabody College is a proud partner with the Office of the Dean of Students, which manages graduate assistantship positions in the Office of the Dean of Students and in a number of other offices at Vanderbilt. These assistantships, which are available to on-campus students, provide compensation and allow students the opportunity to connect theory learned in the classroom with practical work experience.

Sample Graduate Assistantship Positions

Below is a sample of graduate assistantship positions in the Office of the Dean of Students:

  • Arts & Campus Events
  • Center for Student Wellbeing
  • Greek Life
  • Housing Assignments
  • Project Safe Center
  • Student Center for Social Justice and Identity
  • Student Centers
  • Student Organizations
  • Student Leadership Development
  • Office Student Accountability

Below is a sample of graduate assistantship positions in the Office of the Provost:

  • Black Cultural Center
  • Provost Office
  • Office of LGBTQI Life
  • Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life
  • Women’s Center

Graduate Area Coordinators (Live-In Positions)

  • Office of Housing & Residential Experience (4 positions)

Graduate Student Workers (Hourly)

  • Residential Colleges
  • Housing and Residential Experience Graduate Program Coordinator
  • Next Steps at Vanderbilt

Please email with questions.


Graduate Assistants

The compensation for this assistantship includes an annual stipend paid over the 9-month period and a 66% tuition scholarship, (33% paid by the Office of the Dean of Students/Office of the Provost and 33% paid by Peabody College) paid directly to your student account. The tuition benefit is for the total minimum number of hours needed to complete your academic program.

NOTE: It is required that you apply for financial aid and request that any available work-study funding be used towards these positions.

*The tuition award is tied to your academic year, rising 2nd and 3rd-year students’ tuition scholarship differs.

Graduate Area Coordinators
Compensation includes campus-housing accommodations and an annual stipend paid over the 9-month period.

Graduate Student Workers
Hourly compensation and weekly time commitment specific to each role.

Please email with questions.


The application for the 2021-2022 academic year will open February 2021. Applicants who are interested in applying will do so online and complete an online application. You will be required to upload a resume, provide written responses to a series of prompts about your interest and undergraduate or professional work experience, select which offices you wish to be considered for, and enter reference contact information.

More information regarding the application process will be made available in January 2021.


All interviews are held virtually via Zoom, Skype, or by phone.

More information regarding the interview process will be made available in January 2021.

Matching Process

Candidates will be selected based on a matching process. Following interview day, applicants will be asked to rank order the positions for which they interviewed. Supervisors will do the same for the candidates for which they interviewed.

Candidates will be notified whether they have been matched or not. Candidates who have been matched will have until April 15, 2021 to formally accept or decline the position offer. Additional rolling matches may be made after the initial matches have been made as candidates notify us of their decision to accept or decline the offer.


How many positions should I apply to?
We encourage applicants to cast a wide net. Some positions will receive between 50 – 60 applications for one available GA position and thus can be more competitive. While some students will want to be considered for every available position, we encourage you to select positions you would seriously consider.

Are references required as part of the GA application process?
Yes. During the application process, you will be asked to provide contact information for two references. References will be reviewed before extending an offer.

I was admitted to another program besides Higher Education Administration (HEA). Am I still eligible to apply?
Yes. While applicants in the HEA program will receive preference, the positions are open to all Peabody admitted professional (master’s) students.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS regarding Dean of Students graduate assistantships and related assistantship opportunities should be directed to A member of the Dean of Students team will be in touch to assist you.


The Dean of Students and Provost Office graduate assistantships are not the only graduate assistantship positions available at Vanderbilt for students. Offices across Vanderbilt will have additional work opportunities for graduate students. We encourage you to visit the Peabody Job Board for additional positions that become available throughout the year and to check your email for positions sent out directly by the Peabody College program offices. Please note, these positions are not part of the graduate assistantship program and the responsibilities, time requirements, and levels of compensation vary. To apply, send materials to the appropriate contact listed in the job description.