Teaching & Research Appointments

Academic appointments are an important source of financial support and professional development for Berkeley graduate students, although their availability varies by department. Some departments may propose a combination of teaching and research appointments as part of a financial support package. Other departments may expect you to arrange for your academic appointments after you arrive on campus.

Graduate students who hold academic appointments (GSI, GSR, Reader, Tutor) may be eligible for fee remissions that offset either a portion or all of their assessed fees.

All graduate students are restricted to working no more than half time regardless of the position they hold. For example, Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) typically work on average 16 to 20 hours per week. For detailed information, please see the GSI, GSR, Reader and Tutor Guide (formerly known as “What You Need to Know About Being a GSI, GSR, Reader, or Tutor”). Graduate students may not hold any university employment for more than half time without permission from their department’s Head Graduate Advisor and the Dean of the Graduate Division.

For more information on eligibility requirements and the availability of appointments, contact the department for which you want to work.


For information about Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) training and resources see the GSI Teaching and Resource Center website.

GSIs at the University of California are covered by a collective bargaining agreement.


Graduate Student Researchers (GSR) are oriented, trained, and their workload is overseen by their individual Principal Investigator (PI). For resources relevant to the research space, see the Vice Chancellor for Research website.


International students and any family members in any visa category (except permanent residents) should check regulations under which they may be employed. For information about employment eligibility and work permit applications, please visit the Berkeley International Office website.