Graduate Research Assistantships to Support Faculty Research


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will make available 17 Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) awards to support faculty research across all CLAS disciplines in Fall 2022-Spring 2023.  These awards are intended to support high impact faculty research and interdisciplinary projects.

Each individual award provides for a 9-month, non-renewable .50 GRA appointment with a stipend of $21,000.  Resident rate tuition (up to 9 hours, or up to 12 hours if required by the program and documented in the Academic Catalog) and all required campus fees will be provided. Awards are made to an individual faculty member, who may then select the GRA recipient from among eligible doctoral students.

Call for Nominations


The faculty member must:

  • Be tenured or tenure-track in any CLAS department or program.
  • Have been awarded external funding for the proposed research within the 12 months prior to the application deadline.
  • Agree to award the GRA to an advanced doctoral student in good academic standing who has successfully passed the comprehensive exam by the time of appointment.   
  • Agree to prepare and submit a mentoring plan for the GRA. 

Priority Allocation

A committee appointed by the Dean will determine the allocation of awards using the following priorities:

  • The research addresses a specific societal need or problem.
  • The research is collaborative and interdisciplinary in nature.
  • The GRA will make a significant impact on research progress.
  • The GRA will contribute to the development of the doctoral student’s research skills.
  • The external award secured was highly competitive and sufficient to support sustained research activity.
  • The external award included some form of support for graduate students (if allowable by the funding agency). 


Faculty who wish to apply must submit an application using the online application form no later than 12 Noon on Monday, April 11, 2022.  We strongly encourage applicants to review the list of application form fields (docx) and prepare your responses first in a Word document. For more information please see the application preview document (docx).

Questions?  Please contact Kristine Latta at

Deadline and Application Form

Application materials must be submitted via the online form by 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Monday, April 11, 2022. Late nominations will not be accepted.