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OU offers and renews awards at its sole and absolute discretion; offers and renewals are contingent upon the availability of funds and continuation of the programs.


The Oakland University Assistantship programs provide students an opportunity to gain professional experience, which enhance Graduate instruction and research, while contributing financial assistance to the successful completion of a Graduate Degree.

Oakland University budgets financial resources for a number of Graduate Assistantships that are made available to full-time, degree-seeking Graduate students. 

ELIGIBILITY and REQUIREMENTS for a Graduate Assistantship Appointment:

  • Students must have"Regular" admission status to a specific Graduate Degree Program.
  • Students must be in good academic standing (3.0 GPA).
  • ALL Students with graduate assistantships are expected to maintain a full-time enrollment status at Oakland University during the semester(s) for which they are appointed. 
  • Graduate Assistants must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 AND show satisfactory progress toward completing degree requirements. 
  • Students may not hold other employment positions during the term of appointment, either at Oakland University or elsewhere, without prior written permission from their faculty adviser and Graduate Student and Lifelong Learning. 


Notify academic department of your interest in receiving an assistantship. Although Graduate assistantships may be awarded without submission of this form, the information on this form provides academic departments pertinent details often associated with review of assistantships awards. 

Eligible Graduate Students should send their completed copy of the form to: 

Evonne Mitchell
Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning
520 O'Dowd Hall 
Rochester, MI 48309

Submit questions or concerns to Evonne Mitchell at


The majority of Graduate Assistantships at Oakland University are offered through academic departments and might NOT appear on this page. Graduate students interested in assistantship opportunities should also talk with their advisor and other faculty members within their department. 

International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO)

Job Description: The Graduate Assistant for the International Student and Scholars Office is an Oakland University Graduate Student who works in the ISSO. The GA, under the direction of the Director of ISSO, is involved in a variety of activities including the organization of annual embassy visits, research in best practices for international student services and recruitment of international students, creating proposals for new international opportunities, as well as maintaining marketing materials for the International office. For more information please click here

EMPLOYERS - Download the Graduate Assistantship Posting Form


Detailed information regarding Graduate Assistantships can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Oakland University supports the Council of Graduate Schools Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants.

KCP Fellowship

The King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program (KCP) was established in 1986 by the Michigan State Legislature. The purpose of the program is to increase the pool of traditionally underrepresented candidates pursuing faculty teaching careers in postsecondary education. Preference will not be given to applicants on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, sex, or national origin. Applications from women, men, people with disabilities, and individuals from cultural, linguistic, geographic, and socio-economic backgrounds who would otherwise not adequately be represented in the graduate student and faculty populations are encouraged to apply.

The KCP Fellowships are funded from an annual State of Michigan appropriation to Oakland University. Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning holds a competition for KCP awards and provides recipients with financial assistance to pursue master's and/or doctoral degrees. A master's recipient can receive a maximum stipend of $20,000, and a doctoral fellow can receive a maximum stipend of $35,000.

The tuition for KCP fellows is paid by Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning as long as the recipient

  • Remains in good academic standing
  • Enrolls for minimum of 16 credit hours each calendar year
  • Enrolls in courses that satisfy degree requirements

Awarded Fellows must file a Request for Tuition Reduction each term they are enrolled. 

The King-Chavez-Parks Future Fellowship Program is administered by Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning with the support of the Workforce Development Agency


To be eligible for this Fellowship, a candidate must: 

  • Be admitted into an Oakland University Graduate degree program that facilitates a career in post-secondary education;
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident;
  • Be a Michigan resident as defined by Oakland University; 
  • Be in a good academic standing as defined by Oakland University; 
  • Not be a current recipient of a KCP Fellowship Award at another institution; 
  • Not have received another KCP Fellowship Award for the same degree level (Master's or Doctorate); Possession of a Doctoral degree disqualifies a candidate from holding a KCP Fellowship; 
  • Not currently be in default status on any guaranteed student loan and/or a KCP loan 

Eligible students who are enrolled currently or admitted into a Graduate degree program at Oakland University may complete the application and submit it, along with supporting documents by the JANUARY 12th Deadline Date. The complete Fellowship application is composed of the following SIX parts: 

  • KCP Application Form
  • 2 RECOMMENDATION FORMS which should be current and speak to the Fellowship.
  • A Letter from the academic program coordinator or department chair indicating the student will satisfactorily complete the intended degree in a reasonable time. For students admitted to Master's programs with the expectations of completing the Doctorate at Oakland University or at another Michigan university, this letter must also address the likelihood of the student being admitted to such a Doctoral program.
  • A Personal Statement which indicates the applicant's academic and career goals are in post-secondary education.
  • A Resume or Curriculum Vitae - a brief statement of the applicant's education and scholarly achievements.  

 Application must be complete in order to be reviewed. 


KCP Fellowship Award
Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning
Oakland University
520 O'Dowd Hall 
Rochester, MI 48309  


A selection committee reviews applications annually and recommends the candidates to receive the award to the executive director of Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning. Selections are made on a competitive basis using criteria that include academic performance, research accomplishments and potential, recommendation letters, and the personal statement. Fellowship decisions are not subject to appeal.

Award notifications will be sent by mail no later than end of April. 


Future Faculty Fellows agree to complete a Master's degree within four years and a Doctoral degree within eight years of receiving the Fellowship, and are obligated, by signed agreement, to remain in post-secondary faculty teaching or administration in a public or private, 2 or 4 year, in-state or out-of-state post-secondary institution for a minimum of three years equivalent full-time.

Fellows who do not fulfill the teaching and/or other obligations of their fellowship agreement may be placed in Default, which results in their fellowship converting to a loan (referred to as a KCP Loan) that the Fellow repays to the State of Michigan.

Contact Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning at (248) 370-2700 if you have additional questions.

Federal Student aid comes from the U.S. Department of Education as a result of filing a FAFSA. There are three categories of federal aid:


Federal Traineeship Grants:
The  School of Nursing applies each year for Federal Traineeship Grants. Funds for the traineeship come from the Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The purpose is to support traineeships for licensed registered nurses enrolled as full-time graduate students, first-year Nurse Anesthesia students, part-time students in the last 12 months of their program, or full-time students beyond the twelfth month of study in a master’s nurse anesthesia program.

The Federal TEACH Grant:
Offered to students in a master’s degree program which leads toward teaching. The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides $4,000 in annual grant. The maximum cumulative award is $8,000 (two years). Less than full time students have the same cumulative maximum, but have prorated annual awards. Candidates must agree to serve as full-time teachers at certain schools serving low-income students, and teach subjects within certain high-need fields (foreign language, mathematics, reading specialist, science, special education) for at least four academic years within eight years of completing the course of study for which the grant was received.  If a grant recipient does not fulfill the teaching obligation, the TEACH grant funds convert to a Direct unsubsidized loan that must be repaid with interest. Requires completion of the FAFSA


Available to graduate and undergraduate students, work-study awards are wages that can be earned through a campus job and does not have to be repaid. Funds are limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis according to a student's financial need. Visit to search and apply for student employment positions.


A graduate student can receive a Federal Unsubsidized loan without a co-signer. To view annual and aggregate loan limits, visit the loans page on the Federal Student Aid website. .

Graduate students are able to apply for a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan. The Graduate PLUS loan is approved or denied based on the graduate student's credit. An online application is available at For information regarding interest rates and repayment terms, visit the  PLUS loans page  on the Federal Student Aid website..
  • FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid