International Students as GRAs

The GRA is comprised of members of our international community. The diversity present in this role reflects the diversity of the greater MIT community, which in turn enriches the co-curricular student experience. The following information, provided by the MIT International Services Office, is meant to help our international students navigate the application process and ensure that issues do not arise for those interested in the position:

“If a GRA receives any benefit (stipend, free housing, free meal plan, etc.) for the service they provide, then it is considered employment.  International students on non-immigrant student visas (F-1 or J-1) are limited to a maximum of 20 hours per week of on-campus work during the Fall or Spring terms.  If a graduate student already has a TA or RA, or Fellowship with duty components, that position is already counted against the 20 hours per week of employment.  The GRA could only be done in addition to the TA/RA/Fellowship if the total number of hours of the TA/RA/Fellowship + GRA is no more than 20 hours per week.”

Even if you think you are not eligible to apply to be a GRA, we encourage you to contact the ISO to confirm your eligibility status. You can contact the ISO at