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Graduate Assistantships

The 2021-2022 Graduate Assistantship Application is now closed.

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.

Graduate Assistantship Positions

Below is a list of offices that currently have Graduate Assistants.

Graduate Assistant Positions in the Office of the Dean of Students:

  • Arts & Campus Events
  • Dean of Students (Communications and Training)
  • Events at Vanderbilt/Student Centers
  • Housing Assignments
  • Center for Student Wellbeing
  • Office of Greek Life
  • Student Center for Social Justice and Identity
  • Student Organizations, Leadership, and Service
  • Office Student Accountability

Graduate Assistant Positions in the Office of the Provost:

  • 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
  • Greek Life Housing

Graduate Student Workers (Hourly)

  • Residential Colleges

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.

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

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

Please email with questions.


Positions for the 2021-2022 academic year have been filled. We will begin recruiting for the 2022-2023 academic year in January 2022. Applications are typically due in mid-February.


All interviews will be conducted virtually via Zoom in mid-March.

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 who have been matched will have until April 15 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 in eRezLife, you will be asked to provide the contact information for two references. References will be reviewed before extending an offer.

What if I am unable to interview on the scheduled interview day?
You are still eligible to apply for positions. If you are unable to participate on the scheduled interview day, please email We will work with you to schedule your Zoom interview on a different date.

How many interviews should I expect to have on GA Interview Day?
This depends on how many positions you applied for. On average, applicants can expect between 1 to 4 interviews. Again, we encourage you to cast a wide net but only apply for the positions for which you would seriously consider.

How long are interviews expected to last?
Interviews are scheduled from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM CT. Each interview will last approximately 25 minutes.

I received a scholarship from Peabody College. Can I stack my scholarship with a GA position?
Typically, the GA position is more advantageous and of greater value than the Peabody scholarships. Since the Graduate Student Workers (GSW) and Graduate Area Coordinator (GAC) positions are not tuition-based in compensation, you can combine your package with your Peabody scholarship. For any further questions about your scholarship, please email

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.

Where can I find information about graduate assistant opportunities for my Peabody program?
Different departments share their opportunities at different times. We recommend contacting someone from your department and checking the Peabody Job Board.

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 and HireADore for additional positions that become available throughout the year and 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.