Formed from a partnership between the Graduate Student Association, the Office of Graduate Studies, and the Office of Research and Creative Scholarship, the Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) grant intends is to extend the student’s classroom learning, expose them to current challenges in their discipline, build analytical skills, and provide a meaningful work experience that will also benefit faculty in the development of their research and scholarship agenda. Through this program, we also hope to encourage external grant applications that include graduate research assistants.

Funds are available to support a limited number of GRA positions for this academic year. If you are interested in mentoring a GRA this year, please email a completed proposal, using the GRA Application Form, by October 22, 2021 to orcs [at] emerson.edu.

Note: Proposals that do not use the attached template or follow the template guidelines will not be reviewed.

Deadlines

The application deadline for the FY2020 GRA grant will be on October 22, 2021.

Upcoming Grant Period

Grants awarded in Academic Year 21-22 must be conducted between November 1, 2021 and May 8, 2022.

GRA Funding

The maximum award will be $2,000 per student, though amounts awarded are dependent on the number of applications received and availability of funding. The funds can be used to hire a graduate student assistant at a recommended hourly rate of $14.75. Additionally, a portion of the amount requested may be allocated to the costs associated with a mentored GRA attending a relevant academic or professional conference.

Proposals need to include a clear and concise description of the project, the expected outcomes, and how the work will be evaluated. Applicants should outline how this work benefits their discipline, their professional research/scholarship agenda, and the student. Applicants should include a short job description for the Graduate Research Assistant position, including responsibilities, required skills, and any other pertinent aspects that will be used when the open position gets posted on the Student Employment website. If the application includes funds for conference travel, the applicant must identify the conference, its location and dates, and explain how it will enhance the student’s learning and academic growth.

Eligibility

For Faculty

Full-time term and tenured/tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply.

For Students

Students must be enrolled in graduate courses during the academic year, and not be employed by the College as a teacher or affiliated faculty member.

Eligible Projects

Examples of Eligible Projects:

  • Support for a student to assist in research, literature review for a book or other project
  • Support for a student to assist in development or curating of curricular or scholarly materials
  • Support for a student to assist in data collection, cataloging, and analysis
  • Support for a student as a film or production assistant
  • Support for the student to attend an academic or scholarly conference related to their field of study (alongside student wages)

Ineligible Projects

Examples of Ineligible Projects:

  • Support for a student to provide general clerical and administrative assistance for regular academic and teaching duties
  • Projects that do not clearly demonstrate a meaningful work and learning experience for students
  • Compensation or support for regular curricular, credit-bearing activities, such as coursework, theses, or directed studies
  • Requests for travel/conference funds that do not also include student wages

Criteria & Considerations

Proposals must include:

  • A clear and concise description of the project
  • The expected outcomes of the project or research
  • How the work will be evaluated
  • Outline how this work benefits your discipline, your professional research/scholarship agenda, and the student
  • Include a short job description for the Graduate Research Assistant position, including responsibilities, required skills, and any other pertinent aspects that will be used when the open position gets posted in Workday
  • If the application includes funds for conference travel, applicants must identify
    • The name of the conference
    • The dates and location of the conference
    • An explanation of how the conference will enhance the student's learning and academic growth

The maximum award will be $2,000 per student at a recommended hourly rate of $14.75/hour.

GRA Application Form

Eligible faculty members can download the 2021-22 GRA Application Form here. Applicants can fill out the application, save, and e-mail the completed form to orcs [at] emerson.edu by October 22, 2021.

AY2022 Calendar

October 1,2021
GRA Application cycle opens

October 22, 2021
GRA Applications are due to orcs [at] emerson.edu

October 25 through October 29, 2021
Review and selection of applications

November 1, 2021
Applicants notified of funding decisions

November 1, 2021 through May 8, 2022
Approved projects conducted

Review and Selection of Applications

ORCS will review the applications and make recommendations for selection to the Office of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Student Association.