Graduate Research Assistanships

Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) are employed on a half-time basis (20 hrs/week) on a research project during a specified appointment period. GRAs are required to fulfill their employment obligations without regard to academic terms. This means, they are expected to average twenty hours of work per week between academic terms.


Graduate teaching and research assistantship average stipends range from approximately $1869 – $1970 per month for half-time appointments during the academic year.  Stipends might include supplemental scholarships, which depend upon the student’s academic record.  The ME Department assumes the responsibility of paying the in-state tuition, engineering and technology fees, and 90% of health insurance (if it is purchased through the university) of all students supported on GTAs and GRAs.  Students MUST enroll in a minimum of 12-18 hours of courses and/or research.  The Graduate School waives the out-of-state portion for students, with assistantships, who earn $4,000 or more during the academic year.

Offer Letters

Your responsibilities, in connection with your assistantship and the details of the financial support which you will receive, are outlined in your offer letter from the department.  To maintain the assistantship during the specified period, students must complete their assigned duties in a satisfactory manner and make satisfactory progress toward their degrees.

Continued Support

If continued support beyond your current offer is desired, you should contact your Advisor at least two months before the end of the support period indicated in your offer letter.  Details of your financial support should be discussed before this selection is finalized.  Contracts cannot be continued without documentation by your advisor.  US citizens and permanent residents are encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid each spring as some available funding & fellowships are need based.