Student Research Assistantship
(GSRA) Program FY 2013
REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS
Graduate Student Research Assistantship (GSRA) Program
Issued: November 16, 2011
Review of Applications begin February 9, 2012
Application Deadline: March 8, 2012
Limited Funding Available: Early Applications Encouraged
This program helps increase opportunities for students from the North Dakota University System baccalaureate universities and ND tribal colleges, to pursue graduate degrees at North Dakota’s two research universities in the areas of science, engineering and mathematics.
Application can be made to enter a master’s or doctoral graduate program at NDSU or UND. Applicants will have graduated with a bachelor’s degree on or before June 15, 2012 from Dickinson, Mayville, Minot, or Valley City State Universities or a graduate of a tribal college that holds membership in the ND Association of Tribal Colleges; or has been a participant in ND EPSCoR’s Nurturing American Tribal Undergraduate Research and Education (NATURE) program.
The ND EPSCoR monthly stipend is $1,500/month for up to a 24-month period. Departments may supplement the stipend. Use of the assistantship through the summer is expected. A UND awardee is expected to be enrolled in six credit hours.
ND EPSCoR provides the host department up to $2,000 to help offset costs of an awardee’s research activities such as conference travel and journal publication. In the second year, it is expected that the awardee will devote 100% time to coursework and thesis research, and have no teaching responsibilities. Participation in this program does not affect eligibility for the ND EPSCoR Doctoral Dissertation Award program. The thesis or dissertation advisor is required to submit a proposal to the National Science Foundation during the term of the GSRA award.
The application is normally evaluated by the Graduate Dean, the host department, the campus ND EPSCoR Co-Project Director.
PROSPECTIVE STUDENT Instructions:
1. Submit directly to Graduate school(s) of the host intitution(s):
a. Requisite GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATION materials.
b. Sign and mail a LETTER addressed to the campus graduate dean (No later than March 8, 2012) stating:
1) You are applying for a ND EPSCoR GSRA award
2) The department in which you want to enroll and the faculty advisor
3) Include your postal mailing address, telephone number, and email address.
2. Send a COPY of your signed Cover Letter to the Department Chair of institution in which you want to enroll.
3. Send a COPY of your signed Cover Letter to the corresponding ND EPSCoR office(s) of the university to which you are applying AND, IF APPLICABLE, documentation of tribal enrolled membership.
|ND EPSCoR||ND EPSCoR|
1735 NDSU Research Park Drive
|Twamley Hall Room 415
264 Centennial Drive - Stop 7093
|Fargo, ND 58108-6050||Grand Forks, ND 58202-7093|
HOST DEPARTMENT Instructions:
Submit a letter of nomination to your campus ND EPSCoR office as soon as your department has accepted the student and no later than April 12, 2012. The nomination letter signed by the department chair and/or department graduate director should address: 1) the student’s qualifications; 2) an abbreviated, projected program of study; 3) a timeline for degree completion; and 4) provisions, if any, for student tuition grant assistance. The ND EPSCoR GSRA award does not include this cost. UND departments: letter should also address any provisions made for tuition waivers.
HOST GRADUATE SCHOOL Instructions:
Submit to your campus ND EPSCoR office no later than April 17, 2012, a copy of the letter of notification that the student has been accepted into the graduate program.
Award Announcements and Additional Information:
Application can be made to enter either a master’s or doctoral graduate program.
Award announcements for the 2012-2013 academic year will be made by April 25, 2012. Earlier announcements may be made for those who apply early. Funds are expected to be available after August 16, 2012. Awards are contingent upon continued funding from the National Science Foundation and the State of North Dakota.
NDSU: Please direct questions to David R. Givers, Co-Project Director, at 701.231.7516 or firstname.lastname@example.org
UND: Please direct questions to Mark Hoffmann, Co-Project Director, at 701.777.2511 or email@example.com