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Graduate Student Research Assistantship
(GSRA) Program FY 2012


Graduate Student Research Assistantship (GSRA) Program

Issued: October 22, 2010
Review of Applications begin February 10, 2011
Application Deadline: March 10, 2011

Limited Funding Available: Early Applications Encouraged

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ND EPSCoR implemented this program to increase opportunities for graduating seniors from the North Dakota University System baccalaureate universities and tribal colleges that hold membership in the ND Association of Tribal Colleges; or have a participant in ND EPSCoR;s Nurturing American Tribal undergraduate Research and Education (NATURE) program to obtain M.S. and/or Ph.D. degrees in science, engineering, and mathematics at North Dakota's two research universities, NDSU and UND.


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, 2011 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 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. Students who complete  this program at the master’s level will be eligible for the ND EPSCoR Doctoral Dissertation Award program. The thesis 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 requisite application materials directly to the graduate school(s) of the host institution(s) no later than March 10, 2011. Limited Funding - Immediate applications are encouraged.
  2. Submit a signed cover letter to the campus graduate dean, along with application materials, stating:
    a) You are applying for a ND EPSCoR GSRA award                                        b) List the department and faculty advisor in which you want to enroll
  3. c) Include in your cover letter your postal mailing address, telephone number, and email address 
  4. Send a COPY of your signed cover letter (see  Item 2 above) AND, IF APPLICABLE, documentation of tribal enrolled membership, to the            corresponding ND EPSCoR office(s) of the university to which you are applying:                      

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 12, 2011. 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.



Submit to your campus ND EPSCoR office no later than April 19, 2011, 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 2011-2012 academic year will be made by April 27, 2011. Earlier announcements may be made for those who apply early. Funds are expected to be available after August 16, 2011. 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 david.givers@ndsu.edu

UND: Please direct questions to Cathy Lerud, Administrative Officer, at 701.777.2511 or cathy.lerud@und.edu



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