GSI Hiring and Application

Apply for a Graduate Student Instructor Position

To be considered for open GSI positions in the BSE, please fill out this GSI Application Form. We accept applications on a rolling basis. However, given our schedule for matching qualified candidates with available positions, it is best to submit your application by the following dates to be given full consideration:

2024-2025 Academic Year
Fall 2024 positions: February 1, 2024
Spring 2025 positions: June 30, 2024

2023-2024 Academic Year*
Fall 2023 positions: March 22, 2023
Spring 2024 positions: June 30, 2023

*Please feel free to submit more than one application during the year as your circumstances change.

As we refine the Academic Year matching process, summer positions will be determined by course instructors. Please reach out directly to summer course instructors if you are interested in those positions, and verify you have met the GSI Requirements (see “Requirements for first-time GSIs” section on this page) if you will be serving as a First-Time GSI in the summer.

If you believe you qualify for an Early Step Advancement, please fill out this Early Advancement Petition. If you have questions, please contact the Director of Student Services Pam Gleason (pgleason@berkeley.edu).

Additional Resources

Related Forms

  • Request for Exception Form(required to work more than 50%, or to serve as a GSI for a 200-level or above course if you have not yet advanced to candidacy)

Steps in the GSI Matching Process

  1. Submit your application by the dates specified in the section "Apply for a Graduate Student Instructor Position" to ensure you are fully considered for all available positions for a given semester. 

  2. After the dates specified in the section "Apply for a Graduate Student Instructor Position," Student Services in collaboration with course instructors and the BSE Faculty Advisor for GSI Affairs will review all applications against a list of position needs and qualifications, and identify several applicants for each available GSI position in the BSE.

  3. A short list of pre-identified applicants is sent to the instructor of each course with an open GSI position in the BSE. Instructors are also provided with the full list of applications in case they would like to conduct additional review.

  4. Instructors identify the candidate they would like to hire. This may include conducting interviews or other additional reviews with candidates.

  5. Once the instructor and GSI confirm a match, Student Services will share appointment paperwork to be completed by the faculty member and GSI.

  6. The faculty member will submit hire paperwork to the Student Hiring Coordinator Jasmine Nouri (bse_studenthiring@berkeley.edu) to begin the formal hiring process.

  7. After the appointment paperwork is submitted, please wait for confirmation from Student Services that the appointment has been processed before starting work.

Requirements for First-Time GSIs

To be eligible for GSI positions, Graduate Council Policy stipulates that students must complete a number of requirements. These requirements must be completed before the first day of a students' prospective GSI assignment:

  • Complete an hour-long Academic Student Employee (ASE) orientation session.

  • Complete or be concurrently enrolled in the EDUC 375 pedagogy course (or another 375 course on campus, with approval from the course instructor and the BSE Faculty Advisor for GSI Affairs).

  • Attend the day-long Teaching Conference sponsored by the GSI Teaching & Resource Center. This conference is held in the fall and spring semesters on the Friday before classes begin. Pre-registration is required. Attending this conference by the spring semester is necessary to be eligible for first-time appointments during the summer.

  • Additionally, if you are an international student and first-time GSI, you must also complete the Teaching Conference for International GSIs, which takes place in the fall semester on the Thursday before classes begin. Attending this conference is necessary to be eligible for first-time appointments during the subsequent fall, spring, or summer semesters (ex: attend training in fall 2023, then apply for spring or summer 2024).

  • Complete the online course GSI Professional Standards and Ethics in Teaching before interacting with students (in person or online) in the role of instructor.

More information can be found in the Graduate Council Policy on Appointments and Mentoring of GSIs