Assistantships are appointments in which graduate students are provided with a tuition and stipend contribution, paid as salary, for either research or teaching. While requirements vary by department, Princeton believes strongly that these assistantships are an integral part of a graduate student’s academic training and professional development.
There are two types of assistantships:
Assistantship in Instruction
An Assistantship in Instruction (AI) is an appointment in which a graduate student receives a stipend and a tuition contribution for teaching. Students appointed to AIs may be involved in some combination of classroom teaching, laboratory supervision, and grading in undergraduate courses.
Assistantship in Research
An Assistantship in Research (AR) is an appointment granted by a department in which a graduate student receives a stipend and a tuition contribution for engaging in research. Students in the Natural Sciences and Engineering divisions are typically supported by ARs after their first year of study and during the summer.