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Federal Work Study Research Assistantships

The Office of Undergraduate Research has coordinated with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships in order to allow students to use their federal work-study funds for positions as undergraduate research assistants for faculty at UT. The goal of this initiative is to expand opportunities for students to be introduced to the concept of scholarship, and to learn the research or scholarly methods in their field.

For more information about this program, please review our Federal Work Study Research Assistantships Handbook.

Please be aware that you cannot concurrently participate in the Semester Research Assistants Program or Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program

Student Information

Expectations for the Student:

  • Students will work as a research assistant for the assigned faculty member for 150 hours per semester. The schedule will be worked out between the student and the faculty member.
  • Time sheets are completed through the online Work-study System
  • Time reports are due to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships on the Friday before the pay period ending date. ALL time reports received after 10 am on Monday following the pay period ending date will not be processed until the next payroll.
  • For the 2019-2020 academic year, the pay rate is $8.50 per hour.


Eligibility is based on demonstrated financial need and is calculated by the UT Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. You MUST HAVE ALREADY BEEN AWARDED FEDERAL WORK-STUDY to apply for these positions! Please visit One Stop to view your eligibility.

For specific questions about your unique situation, please call One Stop at (865) 974-1111.

How to Apply

Students can find available opportunities and apply for positions in the online Work-study System.

Make sure to write a unique cover letter that explains to the faculty member how you have the skills and abilities (or at least an interest in learning the ones listed) to do the project.

*Note that department is the home department of the faculty mentor, NOT the required major. Most positions are open to all majors.

The Work-study program is limited to 20 slots this semester.