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Graduate Assistantship (GSGA)

Graduate Assistantship Application (GA) 2016-2017(* right click > save as .pdf -- before filling the form out electronically.) 

The School of Graduate Studies announces the Graduate Assistantship (GSGA) competition for matriculated graduate students for the 2016-2017 academic year. The application deadline is Friday, February 19, 2016 at 4:00 PM EST. Please be aware that we have significantly changed the nature of the GSGA award. This is no longer a student application. Rather faculty members will submit an application to the Dean of Graduate Studies making a case for a GSGA to fulfill the duties in one of the two categories noted below. Additionally, the GSGA position is intended to aid a program in recruiting or retaining current graduate students. As such the application now requires the faculty member to indicate how the award will aid in that purpose. The application process will involve two steps.

Applications will initially be reviewed by the Dean of the School in which the graduate program resides. Each Dean will then recommend up to four applications to The Dean of Graduate Studies. These 16 applications will then be reviewed by the Deans and between 5 and 10 applications will be selected for an award. Applicants this year will be asked to indicate whether the GA will be either part-time (ten hours per week) or full-time (20 hours per week). The exact number of awards will be contingent upon the number of part-time and full-time applications recommended for awards. The faculty member awarded the GSGA position will have until 3 August 2016 to identify and submit to the Dean of Graduate Studies the name of the student to fill the position.

The Dean of Graduate Studies will review the recommendation and either approve or deny the recommendation. If the recommendation is denied, the Dean will provide the faculty member with an explanation and ask that another student be chosen. The final change involves the length of time for the award. Awards will be for up to two years. The second year of the award will be contingent upon the student successfully maintaining a GPA of 3.5 and the faculty member assigned the GA position indicating that the student is meeting the expectations and needs of the faculty member. And that the faculty member’s need for the GA position remains.

  1. Eligibility: The GSGA is a non-need based award administered through the School of Graduate Studies and is contingent upon the student who is recommended to fulfill the GSGA position having: (1) been accepted to a graduate degree or Sixth Year diploma program; (2) achieved a minimum 3.0 grade point average in his/her undergraduate coursework if the student has completed no graduate work or a 3.5 grade point average for all graduate coursework. Students being recommended by the faculty member receiving the GSGA award must be enrolled in the appropriate level of course work for his/her stage of progress toward the degree. For students not in special project, thesis or dissertation phase of his/her program this means that they must be a full-time student during the year of the award, unless the program is only offered only as a part-time program, for those students in thesis, special project or dissertation phase, the student must be taking the required number of credits to complete the thesis as determined by his/her program of study, this may include being registered for IDS 900. Students cannot hold other University supported positions (such as graduate student worker; graduate research fellow; graduate teaching assistant; resident advisor; graduate intern, or adjunct faculty) while holding the GA.
  2. Amount of Assistantship: Each GA involves a scholarship and stipend totaling $12,000 for full-time positions and $6,000 for part-time positions for the 2016-2017 academic year. Between 5 and 10 awards will be made for the academic year by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Please note that awards are contingent upon availability of funds.
  3. Required Activities: GSGA awardees will be required to complete an average of 10 contact hours of work per week if part-time or 20 contact hours of work per week if full-time during the academic year. Specific activities will be dependent on the nature of the Assistantship as outlined in the application and approved by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.
  4. Application Process and Filing Deadline: The following documents must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, 501 Crescent Street, EN B 110, New Haven, Connecticut 06515, on or before 4:00 PM EST on Friday, February 19, 2016 by the faculty member submitting the initial application either in hard copy or electronically to GradDocs@southernct.edu. Applications submitted electronically (the preferred option) may be signed using an electronic signature.