Graduate Student Instructor (GSI)

Graduate Student Instructor (GSI)

And other Academic Student Employment (ASE)

ASE (GSI, Reader, and Tutor) applications for the fall 2021 semester are now open! The priority deadline for GSI and other ASE applications is 5 PM (PDT) on Friday, May 14, 2021. 

Graduate students can now apply to be a Physics GSI through our Fall 2021 GSI application. The application is open to Physics graduate students, outside graduate students returning to be a P-GSI, and non-Physics graduate students teaching Physics at Cal for the first time.

Important things to keep in mind when completing the GSI Application:  

We will accept GSI applications as long as there is a need. P-GSI hiring order is as follows: 1) Physics graduate students, 2) continuing or returning Physics GSIs from outside departments with high GSI evaluation scores, and 3) remaining qualified applicants. 


Reader, Tutor, and UGSI opportunities are also available for the upcoming fall semester.

Students can apply for Reader, Tutor, and UGSI positions through our Fall 2021 ASE Application. Important things to keep in mind when completing the ASE application:  

  • Undergraduate applicants must have a 3.0 overall GPA or better and A- or better in the Physics courses for which you want to be a Reader, Tutor, or UGSI. Additionally, UGSI applicants must have taken and received an A- or better in Physics 111A and Physics 137A. Learn more about eligibility via the Appointments Handbook.
  • UGSIs may be appointed by exception only. Exceptions are approved by the Campus only if a department is not able to recruit any qualified graduate students (including graduate students in other departments) to fill an essential GSI position.
  • Eligibility requirements mentioned in the above section—Fall GSI Application—for GSIs also apply to UGSIs, including language proficiency and first-time GSI requirements.
  • View Berkeley Labor Relations to see current rates for Reader, Tutor, and UGSI pay.
  • Undergraduate Readers and Tutors are not eligible for fee remissions. UGSIs are eligible for partial fee remissions.
  • Hiring for Readers, Tutors, and UGSI positions will depend on course enrollment and reflect the need for additional class support. We cannot guarantee appointments for these positions.

Important note: UC Berkeley expects academics with appointments (e.g. GSIs, Readers, Tutors, etc.) to arrive in the United States with valid work authorization prior to the start of the appointment. If an individual is not able to arrive by their start date, despite their best efforts to do so, the Berkeley Academic Personnel Office will evaluate what to do on a case-by-case basis.

For any questions, please contact Christian Natividad (christiannatividad@berkeley.edu).