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Competitive Fellowships

GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP (GRF)

 

The School of Graduate Studies, Research, and Innovation (GSRI) holds a Graduate Research Fellowship Competition each year for graduate students working towards the master's degree or sixth year diploma program. Each fellowship award is in the amount of $12,000 for full-time recipients or $6,000 for half-time award recipients for the academic year.

Consideration for a Graduate Research Fellowship is contingent upon 1) acceptance to a graduate degree or sixth year program, 2) a minimum 3.2 grade point average for all undergraduate work as well as a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.75 for all completed graduate work, if any, 3) a complete GRF application. Applications require departmental nomination and sponsorship by a member of the graduate faculty who will mentor the fellow during the year of the fellowship. The student's scholarly research must be of a quality that can be submitted for refereed publication, presentation, or in a refereed creative activity appropriate to the academic discipline.

Students must be enrolled full-time during the year of the award, unless the program is only offered part-time or justification for part-time enrollment is given by their faculty sponsor. Students cannot hold other University supported positions (such as graduate student worker; graduate research fellow; graduate teaching assistant; research administrative assistant; resident advisor; graduate intern, or adjunct faculty) while holding the GRF award.

The GRF provides support to a graduate student while completing the research associated with a capstone project (i.e., thesis, dissertation, special project, or equivalent). At the conclusion of the fellowship the student will be required to submit their approved project report to the School of Graduate Studies, Research, and Innovation. 

GRADUATE STUDENT GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP (GSGA)

 

The GSRI School's Graduate Assistantship (GSGA) is a non-need based award administered through the School of Graduate Studies, Research, and Innovation and is contingent upon: (1) acceptance to a graduate degree or sixth-year certificate; (2) the achievement of a minimum 3.2 grade point average for all undergraduate coursework; and (3) a 3.75 grade point average for all graduate coursework.

Nominated students must be enrolled full-time during the year of the award, unless the program is only offered part-time or justification for part-time enrollment is given by their faculty sponsor.Students cannot hold other University supported positions (such as graduate student worker; graduate research fellow; graduate teaching assistant; research administrative assistant; resident advisor; graduate intern, or adjunct faculty) while holding the GSGA award. 

GSGA awardees will be required to complete an average of 20 contact hours of work per week during the academic year, if full-time award recipient, and 10 contact hours if half-time award recipient. Specific activities will be dependent on the nature of the assistantship offered by the department/administrative unit and approved by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, Research, and Innovation.

Two types of GSGA’s are:

  • (1) graduate teaching assistantship; and
  • (2) graduate research assistantship. 

Each GSGA award involves a scholarship/stipend totaling $12,000 for the academic year, if full-time award recipient, or $6,000 if half-time award recipient. Up to ten awards will be made for the academic year by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, Research, and Innovation.