What is a GE?

Graduate Employee (GE) is the term used at the University of Oregon (UO) for teaching, research, and administrative graduate assistantships (Formerly GTF, or Graduate Teaching Fellowship). UO GEs receive a competitive compensation package that includes a monthly salary, full-time tuition waiver, mandatory fees subsidy, and health insurance premium coverage (and subsidized health insurance premium coverage for dependents). Generally, there are two ways to find out about GE opportunities:

  • Through your major department/program. Academic departments have GE positions that are open only to students within that specific department and are advertised only to students in that department. Please contact the academic department to which you have been admitted to find out more about these positions.
  • Through the Graduate School. There are GE positions (mostly administrative in nature) open to all graduate students, regardless of major. These are posted on the Graduate School website for a minimum of 10 business days. See current GE openings on the Graduate School homepage.
Types of Appointments
  • Teaching. Most positions in academic departments are teaching-related. Duties may include serving as a grader, a teaching assistant, a lab or discussion section leader, or sole instructor for a class.
  • Research. Research positions primarily exist in academic departments as well as research centers and institutes.
  • Administrative. These positions exist primarily in non-academic (administrative and research) units. Duties can involve playing a leadership role with regard to a particular program (e.g., Peace Corps GE in the Career Center), counseling or advising responsibilities (e.g., in Academic Advising or the Accessible Education Center), or playing a specialized role central to particular function (e.g., communications, writing, editing, IT).
  • To be eligible to apply for a GE, you must have been regularly admitted into a master's or doctoral degree program. That is, your classification must be Conditional Master's, Master's, Conditional Doctoral, Doctoral, or Law.
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