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 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, "COVID-19 left these students behind. Now, they're fighting for their futures.," 17 Dec. 2020 Yet global assistantship as apprenticeship remains more notional than actual. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "What if You Could Outsource Your To-Do List?," 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, "Detroit Lions promote Hank Fraley to OL coach; could another assistant be on the move?," 7 Jan. 2020 At the time, White was also under consideration for a new teaching assistantship. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Women Really Quit Breastfeeding," 17 July 2018 Her $20,000 annual graduate assistantship ended with her graduate education. Akilah Johnson,, "US attorney supports ICE arrest of Chinese immigrant in federal court," 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,, "Striking U. of I. grad student workers stage sit-in at president's office," 7 Mar. 2018 Only those who work 10 to 27 hours a week for their assistantships are part of the bargaining unit, according to the union leaders. Dawn Rhodes,, "Grad students, U. of I. reach tentative contract agreement to end strike," 8 Mar. 2018 Many departments offer graduate research, teaching, and staff assistantships to students, which come with full tuition waivers, health insurance and a stipend. Washington State University, The Seattle Times, "The world needs more people with graduate degrees," 4 Aug. 2017

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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