Application Process

PitE Fall 2014 GSI Application Process Slideshow (powerpoint) (Powerpoint presentation)

Like most units on campus, the Program in the Environment hires qualified graduate students to assist professors with class laboratory, discussion and lecture sessions. Consistent with the Program's interdisciplinary focus, these graduate student instructors (GSIs) are from a variety of academic disciplines across campus.

GSI Informational Sessions 

GSI Informational Sessions are held twice each year in October and February. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend these informational sessions. Available positions will be posted on the UM Jobs Website. Deadlines for applications will be announced each term. Applicants will be notified of appointment or non-appointment by December 1st for the Winter Term, and by April 1st for the following Fall Term. 
Click here for the Fall 2014 GSI Position Application, Selection & Hiring Timeline (PDF).


To be eligible to apply for an instructor position, a graduate student must commit to registering for at least 6 hours of coursework, and be qualified to do the teaching that is outlined in the position description. In addition, students must be making satisfactory progress toward the degree, as determined by their home unit. Ph.D. students will be limited to ten terms of teaching, dual degree master’s students to seven terms of teaching and single degree master’s students to four terms of teaching. Teaching while enrolled in a master’s program counts toward the ten-term limit for students who go on for a Ph.D.

Each applicant should take care to outline his/her specific qualifications for each position s/he applies for. The selection of PitE GSIs is a competitive process. 

The frequently asked questions section addresses other eligibility issues.


Each GSI appointment of .25 or greater provides a stipend, tuition waiver and health benefits during the term of appointment. Each GSI appointment is for one term only.


Applicants apply for GSI positions and submit all application materials through the UM Jobs website.

Requirements for a complete application include:

  • Completed online application form, cover letter, resume, U-M transcript, which must be combined into a single PDF for a one time submission; the UM Jobs website will not allow for multiple uploads. 
  • The PDF must be 500 kb or smaller.
  • Undergraduate transcripts or those from other institutions must be emailed separately to
  • Please submit ranking of your applications to