Graduate Assistantships in Interdisciplinary Arts Research

The University of Georgia offers Graduate School Assistantships to students entering programs in ArtMusic, and Theatre and Film Studies following a highly qualified student’s nomination by their home department. These competitive, merit-based awards support collaborative research between the arts and other disciplines. Recipients of these assistantships work in a cohort of graduate students with the UGA Arts Collaborative, an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at UGA.

To be considered for a Graduate School Assistantship, applicants must provide a one-page statement to their home department’s Graduate Coordinator. The statement should describe the applicant’s current research interests and any previous training and experience in interdisciplinary or collaborative programs and environments. Nominees will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary selection committee.

The benefits of this assistantship include an annual payment of $23,633 for a masters student or $26,289 for a doctoral student holding a master’s degree and a reduction of tuition to $25 per semester, instead of the standard tuition, which for the 2023-2024 school year is $4,439 for in-state students and $12,593 for out-of-state students. Contingent upon satisfactory academic progress, work performance, the recommendation of the home department, and continued funding by the State of Georgia, the award will be extended for the following year from July 1 to May 31. 

These awards require a sixteen-hour per week work commitment. Graduate Assistants receive peer mentorship and practical experience in arts research design, project leadership, and community engagement while supervised by the Artistic Director of the UGA Arts Collaborative. Assistantship duties include the student’s own collaborative work across disciplines and facilitating collaborative projects and proposals with faculty, students, and community members. 

All UGA students are required to pay mandated student fees. For the 2023-2024 school year, these are $695 and include services of the University Health Center and Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities, as well as transportation, athletic, technology, and activity fees. For further information on tuition and fees, please see

Individual departments will make every effort to continue funding at a rate consistent with their established stipends following the Graduate School Assistantship; please be aware that the stipend rate may change after this award ends. Individual departments will assign duties during additional semesters of study.

For more information about graduate degrees in the arts please visit:

Lamar Dodd School of Art

Graduate Coordinator: Isabelle Wallace

Hugh Hodgson School of Music

Graduate Coordinator: Adrian Childs

Theatre and Film Studies

Graduate Coordinator: John Patrick Bray

The UGA Arts Collaborative is supported in part by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate School. 

For information about graduate assistantships contact Artistic Director Mark Callahan,