Graduate Student Funding Opportunities

Below you will find a list of funding opportunities available to graduate students across the University. Please note that these funding opportunities come in several forms and you should make sure you understand the type of position to which you are applying:

  • Graduate Assistantship (tuition remission + stipend)
  • Tuition Scholarship (tuition remission only)
  • Graduate Assistant Hourly (GAH) (hourly pay only, no tuition or stipend)

IMPORTANT: The majority of Villanova’s funding opportunities for graduate students come from the departments, and most graduate programs on campus have departmental funding. The positions listed on this page require a separate application process, and are outside of academic departments in various centers, offices, and institutes across campus. Please read the descriptions, deadlines, and application requirements listed here carefully—especially since each one is different.

Please keep in mind that if you are an applicant to a graduate program and have not yet received an admission decision you can proceed in applying to the below positions. However, if you are not admitted to the graduate program of your choice at any point during the application process for the below funding opportunities your application for funding will no longer be considered.

 

 

FALL 2024 OPENINGS

  • Description:  The Graduate Assistant (GA) provides holistic support to a diverse population of students in the Center for Access, Success, and Achievement which include but are not limited to:
    • Assist in organizing and implementing CASA Retention and Programming Events.
    • Provide support to enrolled CASA Students.
    • Manage student caseload.
    • Develop and implement CASA Retention Programs.
    • Assist in planning program activities, correspondence, typing reports, and formal documents, and maintaining program websites.
    • Perform general secretarial and administrative duties: maintain program files, and other official records and files.
    • Create an email distribution list and Calendar of Events for all program students.
    • Attend all scheduled meetings, training, and staff development and programs pertaining to CASA programming: Graduate Assistant Restorative Conference Meetings, professional development.
    • Assist with College Day Programs and Unitas Weekend.
    • Create, implement, and evaluate programs pertaining to the CASA Retention and Outreach Program. This includes coordinating the logistics of the programs: creating flyers, reserving space, notifying students, sign-up sheets, transportation, contacting speakers, etc. to promote academic, personal, social, and career-related development.
    • Present selected topics pertaining to Early Access at annual Staff Training, Conferences, and throughout campus.
    • Additional duties as assigned.
  • Eligibility: Must be enrolled in a graduate program in any of the colleges at Villanova. The student must have been accepted into a master's program by the date of hire. The graduate assistantship is contingent upon the acceptance.
  • Start Term: Fall 2024
  • Deadline to Apply: April 8, 2024
  • Work Hours Per Week: 20 hrs/week
  • How to Apply: Students must fill out this application form to apply. Resume, Cover letter and scenario questions upon interview.
  • Additional Information: Learn more about CASA.
  • Description:  This is a unique opportunity to work in two student-facing departments at Villanova University for 20 hours a week in exchange for tuition remission and a monthly stipend. The candidate in this position will work 10 hours in the CASA office. This position is for administrative support and assistance to the Director for the Center for Access, Success, and Achievement as needed and including all operations related to the CASA Lending Library, general office tasks. This position also works 10 a week with the Coordinator of the Service and Social Justice Experience Program in the office of Campus Ministry, assisting with all necessary operations of the program. Learn more about the position on this website.
  • Eligibility: Must be enrolled in a graduate program in any of the colleges at Villanova. The student must have been accepted into a master's program by the date of hire. The graduate assistantship is contingent upon the acceptance.
  • Start Term: Fall 2024
  • Deadline to Apply: April 8, 2024
  • Work Hours Per Week: 20 hrs/week
  • How to Apply: Students must fill out this application form to apply. Resume, Cover letter and scenario questions upon interview.
  • Additional Information: Learn more about CASA and the Center for the Common Good.

The College of Engineering has open positions based on available funding and current projects. Please review the College of Engineering Graduate Assistantship website for open positions.

  • Description: The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' Office of External Relations and Communications is seeking a Graduate Assistant to support the team with a variety of projects and responsibilities including creating content for the College’s social media accounts, drafting press releases, creating materials to promote special events, and capturing photos or videos primarily for social media. Applicants should have excellent time-management skills and the ability to manage a variety of moving parts in one project.
  • Eligibility: Must be enrolled in a graduate program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Graduate student in either English or Communications graduate program preferred.
  • Start Term: Fall 2024
  • Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2024
  • Work Hours Per Week: 20 hrs/week
  • How to Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, a social media example, and one writing sample (non-academic) to Marissa Wasserleben, Assistant Director of Communications at marissa.wasserleben@villanova.edu.
  • Additional Information: Learn more about the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • Description: The Assistantship has been created to attract to the Graduate Division of Liberal Arts and Sciences outstanding students committed to Gender and Women’s Studies and to recognize the strength of the Graduate Division’s faculty resources in Gender and Women’s Studies across the humanities and social sciences. Because the Gender and Women’s Studies program at Villanova University emphasizes the links between theory and practice, academic learning and its application, we expect the holder of the assistantship to be a knowledgeable and active participant in the Gender and Women’s Studies community. Graduate students who are planning to enroll in the Gender and Women’s Studies Graduate Certificate program will be given special consideration for the position. Candidates should also have demonstrable administrative skills, including knowledge of programs like Microsoft Word and Publisher, the interest and ability to work on the program’s webpage, and all social media. Preference given to applicants with experience organizing and planning events
  • Eligibility: Must be enrolled in a graduate program in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Start Term: Fall 2024
  • Deadline to Apply: March 15, 2024
  • Work Hours Per Week: 20 hrs/week
  • How to Apply: To apply, submit the following information to gws@villanova.edu:
  1. Personal Information:
    1. Name:              
    2. Mailing Address:
    3. Phone: 
    4. Email:
    5. Undergraduate institution and department/program & graduation date: 
    6. Anticipated Villanova graduate program:
    7. Do you intend to pursue the GWS graduate certificate?
    8. Honors or awards received:
    9. List three feminist, queer, and/or trans books or articles you’ve found particularly insightful:
  2. Experience
    1. Provide a detailed bullet-point list of relevant experience, including social media planning, meeting facilitation, event planning, data entry, project management, content creation, community organizing (and/or other activist work), webpage upkeep, and/or graphic design (even if just using Canva).
    2. Optional: attach an example of your graphic design work.
  3. Résumé: Attach a copy of your c.v./résumé.
  4. Two references:
    1. Provide contact information for two references (collaborators, employers, supervisors, and/or professors) who can speak to your interest in Gender and Women’s Studies and your ability to provide programmatic and administrative support. Include name, title, email, and phone number.
  5. Statement:
    1. Provide a 500-word statement discussing how the intellectual commitments of Gender & Women’s Studies (including queer studies and/or trans studies) intersect with your personal, academic, and political aspirations, as well as the plan of study you intend to pursue during your graduate work.
  6. All materials should be emailed to gws@villanova.edu by March 15, 2024.
  • Description: The University Honors Program Graduate Assistantship is a two year position, providing support to the program’s curricular, co-curricular, and communication processes. The Graduate Assistant additionally supports Honors Senior Thesis, Honors events, and social media engagement. This position reports to the Director of Program Operations, University Honors Program. The Graduate Assistantship is a two year position, providing support to the program’s curricular, cocurricular, and communication processes. The Honors Graduate Assistantship includes full paid tuition and a monthly stipend. Learn more on this website and a full position description can be found here.
  • Eligibility: Must be enrolled in a graduate program in any of the colleges at Villanova
  • Start Term: Fall 2024
  • Deadline to Apply: March 10, 2024
  • Work Hours Per Week: 20 hrs/week
  • How to Apply: Students must fill out this application form to apply.
  • Additional Information: Learn more about the University Honors Program.
  • Description: This position reports to the Associate Director, University Honors Program. The Young Alumni Fellow (to be filled by a recent graduate of Villanova University) is a one-year position with option for two, providing support to Vocare: The Call to Recover Purpose in an Achievement Oriented World, a two-year funded grant applied for by the University Honors Program. The Young Alumni Fellow will focus on grant deliverables including course facilitation, mentorship, co-curricular programing, alumni network scaling, and enhancements to the Honors Shaping a Life Initiative, and the Honors Vocare Scholars Program.
  • Eligibility: Must be a Villanova Honors Program recent grad and enrolled in a graduate program in any of the colleges at Villanova.
  • Start Term: Fall 2024
  • Deadline to Apply: March 10, 2024
  • Work Hours Per Week: 20 hrs/week
  • How to Apply: Students must fill out the application found here.
  • Additional Information: Learn more about Young Alumni Fellow Graduate Assistant position.
  • Description: The Graduate Assistant for Fraternity and Sorority Life serves in an academic year appointment working approximately 20 hours per week. This individual is responsible for the development of educational programming and for assisting with the advisement of the fraternity and sorority community at Villanova University, which includes ten Interfraternity Council fraternities, eight Multicultural Greek Council fraternities and sororities, and nine Panhellenic Council sororities. 
  • Eligibility: Bachelors degree required, Maintain full-time enrollment in a master's level graduate program at Villanova, higher education or counseling preferred.
  • Start Term: Fall 2024
  • Deadline to Apply: March 15, position open until filled
  • Work Hours Per Week: 20
  • How to Apply: Those interested should submit a resume and cover letter detailing their qualifications and experience to Jennifer Toomey at jennifer.toomey@villanova.edu.
  • Additional Information: Learn more about the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.
  • Description:
    The Graduate Resident Director (GRD) is a paraprofessional member of the Office for Residence Life. Responsibilities include the overseeing of daily operations of assigned hall(s), including student staff supervision, building maintenance, planning and implementing community building efforts, policy enforcement, and crisis intervention. GRDs serve in the primary on-call rotation after hours. In addition, each GRD will be given one collateral assignment in the Office for Residence Life based on interest, experience, and skills. GRDs are supervised by the Area Coordinator for Residence Management for their designated area. Read the full job description here.
  • Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree required. Must be enrolled in a full-time Graduate Program at Villanova University. Previous experience as a Resident Assistant strongly preferred. Strong written and verbal communication skills; Strong administrative, planning and programming skills. Appreciation for mission and values of Catholic higher education.
  • Start Term: Fall 2024
  • Deadline to Apply: Thursday, January 18, 2024.
  • How to Apply: Carefully review the information on this website to learn about the position and application process.
  • Additional Information: Contact Dillon Eppenstein with any questions and view the Residence Life website.
  • Description: The Office for Residence Life strives to create a welcoming residential community and to maintain a comfortable and safe environment for students residing in our residence halls. Resident Assistants are crucial to the success of these goals. Resident Assistants are the university’s representatives to resident students, and consequently, they have broad responsibilities extending to all areas of the students’ physical, social, academic, and emotional well-being. As such, the Office for Residence Life expects that students accepting these positions will exercise high standards of moral and ethical conduct in their performance both on and off campus and follow all university and residence life policies. Read the full job description here.
  • Eligibility: RAs at Villanova are sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students who demonstrate exceptional leadership and interpersonal, organizational, and decision-making skills. Read more about eligibiliity and benefits on the Residence Hall Student Staff Opportunities website.
  • Start Term: Fall 2024
  • Deadline to Apply: Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at 12:00 PM.
  • How to Apply: Carefully review the information on this website to learn about the position and application process.
  • Additional Information: Contact Dillon Eppenstein with any questions and view the Residence Life website.
  • Description: The mission of the Sophomore Service Learning Community (SSLC) and Freshman Service Learning Community (Caritas) is to bring 1st and 2nd year students together in a multidimensional living and learning experience. Integration of theoretical knowledge and experiential learning in the community provides a context for critical and constructive thinking and action that promotes the common good.  Students are placed in under-resourced schools or community agencies who serve those who are marginalized by economic class, identity or ability. SSLC is comprised more than 150+ first year, sophomores and junior and senior leadership.  Graduate Assistants inspire, educate and facilitate the development of students in the SSLC and Caritas Communities as part of a team with the Director of Service Learning and undergraduate student leadership.  There are two planning meetings each week with the director, as well as independent work, research, organizing and implementing student leadership meetings, and planning social and community building events.
  • Eligibility: Must be enrolled in graduate program in College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • Start Term: Fall 2024
  • Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2024
  • Work Hours Per Week: 20
  • How to Apply: Applicants must complete the full application form, which can be found here. A completed application consists of: resume, cover letter, application, one letter of recommendation. Questions can be emailed to mary.aiello@villanova.edu.
  • Additional Information: Learn more about the Office of Service Learning.
  • Description: The Graduate Student position works in the Office for Undergraduate Students to manage outreach efforts for the office including development of social media content, newsletters and communications to undergraduate students, and co-advisement of a student group. The position will also support the office through providing front desk coverage for the office, assessing and directing student, faculty, and staff inquiries to the office. This position offers the opportunity for the graduate student to gain practical experience in an office that offers academic advising, retention/student support, professional development, health professions advising, and academic operations.
  • Eligibility: Must be enrolled in graduate arts and sciences. Preference given to students in the higher education program.
  • Start Term: Fall 2024
  • Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2024
  • Work Hours Per Week: 17 hrs/week. This position is a Tuition Scholarship (tuition remission provided in exchange for 7 hrs/week) plus GAH (graduate assistant hourly rate of $18/hr for 10 hrs/week).
  • How to Apply: Please complete the application available here.
  • Additional Information: Learn more about the Office for Undergraduate Students in CLAS.
  • Description: The Graduate Assistant (GA) focused on Professional Development and Internships in the Office for Undergraduate Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will help to implement and direct the Peer Career Coaching Program, which includes hiring, onboarding, training, supervising, and evaluating the success of undergraduate peer career coaches who meet one-on-one with fellow students to provide peer career support.  Additionally, the GA will meet with undergraduate students to discuss their personal career and professional development goals to provide individual résumé and other professional correspondence reviews, help students to understand why networking and mentorship matter and can benefit their career growth, and work with students to craft career plans based on their unique educational and professional pursuits. The GA will also attend virtual and in-person student career and professional development events, and often help to plan and organize them, as well as complete other related tasks as assigned, such as staffing the OUS Front Desk in our Main Suite, SAC 107.   In addition, the GA is expected to:   
    • Assist with presentations to classes, clubs, and organizations.  
    • Help with communication, promotional, and outreach efforts.  
    • Maintain strict confidentiality.  
    • Review semesterly data to make informed decisions on growth of Peer Career Coaching program. 
    • Participate in meetings, training sessions, and one-on-one supervision meetings.  
    • Provide Front Desk support as needed in main office suite.  
    • Represent OUS Professional Development at special on-campus events as needed. 
    • Collaborate on special projects as assigned.
  • Eligibility:
    • Knowledge of professional development 
    • Interest in student career coaching/counseling 
    • Interest in Student Affairs  
    • Commitment to social justice  
    • Superior communicator and collaborator   
    • Dedicated to seeing tasks completed from start to finish.
    • Must be a graduate student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • Start Term: Fall 2024
  • Deadline to Apply: March 15, 2024
  • Work Hours Per Week: 20 hrs/week
  • How to Apply: Please send a letter of interest and résumé, along with the names and contact information of two professional references, to:   Kate Szumanski at kathryn.szumanski@villanova.edu
  • Additional Information: Learn more about the Professional Development team in OUS.

 

 

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