Native American Graduate Student

Research Assistantship (NA-GSRA) Program FY 2011

Native American Graduate Student Research Assistantship (NA­GSRA)

Pilot Program
Issued: February 2, 2010
Applications Accepted Immediately
Final Due Date: Noon, March 31, 2010

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ND EPSCoR implemented this program to increase opportunities for Native American students from the North Dakota tribes to obtain M.S. and/or Ph.D. degrees in science, engineering, and mathematics at North Dakota’s research universities. The pilot program is available at NDSU.

Applicant must be an American Indian/Native American or Alaskan Native, and: 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. Applicants will have graduated with a bachelor’s degree on or before June 15, 2010.

Program Description:
The monthly stipend will be equal to the current stipend of the host department (not to exceed $1,500/mo. which may be supplemented by the department), and will be available for up to a 24-month period. Use of the assistantship through the summer is expected. A supplement of up to $2,000 will be available for the host department to offset some of the costs of the 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 may be evaluated at the host campus by the Principal Research Administrator, the campus ND EPSCoR Co-Project Director, and two members of the graduate faculty.

Application Requirements:
Prospective Student Instructions:
1. Submit requisite application materials directly to the NDSU graduate school by March 31, 2010.
2. Along with the graduate school application, submit a separate letter with signature to the NDSU graduate dean stating: 1) you are applying for a ND EPSCoR Native American GSRA Pilot Program award; 2) the department in which you want to enroll; and 3) include your complete postal mailing address along with your telephone number and email.
3. Send a COPY of your signed letter, submitted in item 2 above, to the chair of the department in which you want to enroll, and to ND EPSCoR.
4. Send documentation of tribal enrolled membership and a COPY of the letter to the dean of the NDSU graduate school, described above, to:

1735 NDSU Research Park Drive-Suite 142
NDSU Dept 4200, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Host Department Instructions:
Submit a letter of nomination to the NDSU ND EPSCoR office by April 20, 2010. The nomination letter signed by the department chair and/or 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 NA­GSRA award does not include this cost.

Graduate School Instructions:
Submit to the ND EPSCoR office, by May 4, 2010, notification that the student is accepted into the graduate program.

Award Announcements and Additional Information:
Application can be made to enter either a master’s or doctoral graduate program at NDSU. Award announcements will be made on or about May 11, 2010. Funds are expected to be available after August 16, 2010, for up to two awards. Awards are contingent upon continued funding from the National Science Foundation and the State of North Dakota.

Please direct questions to Mr. David R. Givers, Co-Project Director, at 701-231-7516 or