as·​sis·​tant·​ship | \ ə-ˈsi-stən(t)-ˌship How to pronounce assistantship (audio) \

Definition of assistantship

: a paid appointment awarded annually to a qualified graduate student that requires part-time teaching, research, or residence hall duties

Examples of assistantship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The current minimum stipend for a nine-month assistantship — employment that helps students pay for school — is $18,340. Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2021 And the dream of ascending from the assistantship of a major American orchestra to its leadership — like rising up a corporate ladder — was cemented in the popular imagination. New York Times, 4 June 2021 Spadone earned a Fulbright assistantship to teach English in Indonesia, but instead of attending, the 22-year-old anthropology major spent the last semester of his senior year isolated in his dorm at Colgate University, in Hamilton, New York. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 17 Dec. 2020 Yet global assistantship as apprenticeship remains more notional than actual. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, 30 Nov. 2020 The Lions currently have six openings on their coaching staff, plus Yates' assistantship to fill: Defensive coordinator, special-teams coordinator, linebackers coach, tight ends coach, defensive backs coach and head and assistant strength coach. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 7 Jan. 2020 At the time, White was also under consideration for a new teaching assistantship. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 July 2018 Her $20,000 annual graduate assistantship ended with her graduate education. Akilah Johnson,, 27 Apr. 2018 The union also is seeking 7.47 percent raises to the minimum pay for assistantships in the current academic year. Dawn Rhodes,, 7 Mar. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of assistantship

1948, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for assistantship

assistant + -ship

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“Assistantship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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