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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.

Open Positions for 2021-2022

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

  • Arts & Campus Events
  • Dean of Students
  • Events at Vanderbilt/Student Centers
  • Housing Assignments
  • Student Center for Social Justice and Identity
  • Student Organizations, Leadership, and Service (3 Positions)
  • 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 (3 Positions)
  • Greek Life Housing

Graduate Student Workers (Hourly)

  • Residential Colleges

Recently Added*: Editorial Assistant, Research in Higher Education Journal (RIHE)

Please email with questions.


Graduate Assistants

The compensation for this assistantship includes an annual stipend of $11,700 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 $1,300 paid over the 9-month period.

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

Please email with questions.


If you are interested in applying, please visit the hiring site at Here, you will create an account and select the job posting “2021-2022 Vanderbilt Graduate Assistants” to start your 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.

The job descriptions for the open positions are linked at the right. Please review the positions to determine which positions you wish to be considered for.

The application priority deadline is Friday, February 19.*

*Due to inclement weather and power outages the week of February 15, the application will remain open until Sunday, February 21 to ensure that those impacted by the weather have time to complete their applications.


All interviews will be conducted virtually via Zoom on Friday, March 5, 2021. Interviews will be held between 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM CT.

Candidates will be notified on Friday, February 26 if they are invited to interview and for which positions. Candidates will also receive a link to sign up for interview time slots with individual offices.  Zoom links will be sent out no later than 24 hours in advance.

If you are extended an offer to interview and are unable to participate in an interview on March 5, please email the primary contact listed for the position description directly to schedule your Zoom interview on another date.

Matching Process

Candidates will be selected based on a matching process. Following interview day on March 5, 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. Rankings are due to by Tuesday, March 9, 2021.

Candidates will be notified whether they have been matched or not by Monday, March 15. 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 in eRezLife, you will be asked to provide the contact information for two references. References will have until March 12, 2020 to complete a reference feedback form on your behalf. References will be reviewed before extending an offer.

What if I am unable to interview on March 5?
You are still eligible to apply for positions. If you are unable to participate on March 5, 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.