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 submit a completed proposal, using the GRA Application Form, by October 20, 2023 to orcs [at] emerson.edutitle="Email the Office of Research and Creative Scholarship".
Note: Proposals that do not use the required Google Form application will not be reviewed.
The application deadline for the FY2024 GRA grant will be on October 20, 2023.
Upcoming Grant Period
Grants awarded in FY2024 must be conducted between November 1, 2023 and May 7, 2024.
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 $15.25. 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 and/or disseminated. 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.
Full-time term and tenured/tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply.
Students must be enrolled in Emerson graduate courses during the academic year, and not be employed by the College as a teacher or affiliated faculty member.
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)
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 $15.25/hour.
GRA Application Form
Eligible faculty members can access the FY2024 GRA Application Form here. Applicants can fill out the application and make changes to the form until the deadline date of October 20, 2023.
October 2, 2023
GRA Application cycle opens
By October 29, 2023
Review and selection of applications
By November 10, 2023
Applicants notified of funding decisions
November 17, 2023 through May 7, 2024
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.