Graduate Student Research Assistantship
(GSRA) Program FY 2014


Graduate Student Research Assistantship (GSRA) Program

Issued: November 1, 2012
Review of Applications begin February 7, 2013
Application Deadline: March 7, 2013

Limited Funding Available: Early Applications Encouraged

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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, 2013 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.

Program Description:
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 including 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.

Application Requirements:


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 7, 2013) stating:       

        1) You are applying for a ND EPSCoR GSRA award

        2) List the department in which you want to enroll and the faculty advisor

        3) Include your contact information: mailing address, telephone number, and
            email address.

2. Send COPIES of the signed letter to:

    a. The Department Chair of institution in which you want to enroll.

    b. The corresponding ND EPSCoR office(s) of the university to which you are     

        applying AND, IF APPLICABLE,documentation of tribal enrolled membership.


1735 NDSU Research Park Drive
Suite 142
NDSU Dept 4200, PO Box 6050

Twamley Hall Room 415
264 Centennial Drive - Stop 7093
Fargo, ND 58108-6050 Grand Forks, ND 58202-7093



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 11, 2032. 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 or waivers. The ND EPSCoR GSRA award does not include waivers or other tuition assistance. 



Submit to your campus ND EPSCoR office no later than April 17, 2013, 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 2013-2014 academic year will be made by April 25, 2013. Funds are expected to be available after August 16, 2013. Awards are contingent upon continued funding from the National Science Foundation and the State of North Dakota.

NDSU: Please direct questions to Sheri Anderson, Interim Co-Project Director, at 701.231.7516 or

UND: Please direct questions to Mark Hoffmann, Co-Project Director, at   701.777.2511 or