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Grad Assistantships and Employment

Many graduate students at Texas A&M at Qatar are employed as graduate assistants or graduate student workers. Here’s a few terms that help explain.

Graduate Assistant (Research) or GAR – works on a faculty research projects.

Graduate Assistant (Teaching) or GAT


Important Note: Graduate Assistants are required to enroll full-time  and maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher to keep their assistantship. Full-time is 9 hours in the fall and spring and 6 hours in the summer.

Assistantships are available to qualified students depending on funding. GARs are selected by faculty members and GATs and GANTs are selected by the academic programs. The Qatar Graduate Studies Office manages the hiring process, ensures adherence to university rules and regulations and prepares the offer letter (or contract). Once the contract is signed by the faculty supervisor, administration and student, the Qatar Graduate Studies Office forwards the Human Resources Services, Finance, Building Operations, and Information Technology offices at the Qatar campus.