Financial Support

Teaching Assistantships

Applicants interested in applying for financial assistance can do so in their online application.

Teaching assistantships in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences are awarded in early spring for the following academic year (fall semester). Admission decisions are made first, followed by offers for TA positions.

Download the Graduate Teaching Assistantships Info flyer for more details.

Being admitted to one of our graduate programs does not guarantee funding. TA positions are highly competitive, with many more applicants than available assistantships. Funding is available primarily for graduate students admitted to one of our PhD degree programs.

Differential stipends are employed to reward and encourage students as they progress through their degree programs. The base stipends for doctoral students are fixed at the levels set by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For administrative purposes, a student's level in any given semester is based on their status at the end of the previous semester.

Limited summer support is available in the form of teaching positions during the six-week and eight-week summer sessions pending budgetary approval.

International students

Teaching assistant applicants must either speak English as their native language or have a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 100 (IBT).

Criteria used in making awards include academic records, letters of reference and demonstrated ability in English.

All international students with teaching assistantship positions must take the ASU-administered Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK) upon arrival to ASU and receive full certification on the SPEAK after the first two semesters of support to be eligible to compete for continued financial support. International students are encouraged to take the International Teaching Assistants Teacher Training Course.

ASU Resources

ASU Graduate College Funding Opportunities
Graduate College TA/RA Handbook

Additional Funding Resources

SMART Scholarship: Science, Mathematics & Research Transformation
Graduate Loans
Graduate Student Grants
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program