The Department of Leadership studies aims at supporting as many students as possible through a combination of scholarships and work opportunities in SOLES and at USD. Through our scholarship funds, students can be offered tuition support in the amount of $2,000 to $15,000.

In addition to these scholarships, the various departments and centers in SOLES regularly hire hourly paid Research Assistants for approximately 25 hours a week. The following areas are examples:

  • Dean's Office
  • Department of Leadership Studies
  • Department of Learning and Teaching
  • Leadership Studies Minor
  • The Nonprofit Institute
  • Institute for Entrepreneurship in Education
  • SOLES Assessment Support
  • SOLES Global Center
  • Student Affairs / SOLES Collaborative (SASC)


Applicants should be currently enrolled or newly admitted SOLES doctoral students in good standing, carrying a full course load (6 units per semester).

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I find out about assistantships?
  • What do assistants cover?
  • Is there a maximum amount of scholarship I can be awarded with an assistantship?
  • How can I apply to be a Research Assistant?
  • What are Research Assistants' responsibilities?
  • What hours do Research Assistants work?
  • May I apply to more than one Research Assistantship or may I take other positions at SOLES during my Research Assistantship?
  • May I renew my assistantship contract?