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Faculty competition for Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) in the arts & humanities

The Graduate School will be awarding up to five 12-month GRA positions for the fall, winter and spring/summer terms of 2016-2017 to faculty in the arts and humanities departments. The disciplines eligible are Communication Science and Disorders, Communication, English, Fine Arts, History, Languages, and Philosophy. The GRA appointment start date will be Aug. 18, 2016. The GRA positions will be awarded directly to faculty on a university-wide competitive basis for support of their research/scholarship and training endeavors. Individual graduate students need not be named at the time the application is submitted.

At the time of the appointment, the GRA must be a Ph.D. student. M.A students in disciplines for which the terminal degree is a master’s also will be considered. The research conducted by the appointed GRA must be directly related to their own dissertation research.

Applicant eligibility

Eligibility to receive a GRA position is limited to regular members of the WSU graduate faculty with active research interests and responsibilities.

Limitation of awards

The award consists of a 12-month graduate research assistant position, which includes an annual stipend of $17,669; up to 10 graduate credit hours of tuition assistance for the each of the fall and winter terms; up to two graduate credits for the spring/summer term; and subsidized health, vision and dental insurance. All 12-month graduate research assistants are required to enroll for a minimum of six graduate credits per term (fall and winter). If all course and research credits have been completed, the GRA should enroll for Ph.D. maintenance status, which is the equivalent of full-time enrollment.

Award priorities

Funding for the assistantships will be awarded primarily on the merits of the proposed research/scholarship or training opportunities, past productivity of the investigator(s), the award’s potential for increasing publication output and external funding, alignment with the university/unit strategic goals and objectives, as well as the research/scholarship and training priorities identified by the schools/colleges.

The program is designed to encourage the development of new directions in Ph.D. training in cutting-edge research and scholarship; to facilitate graduate and undergraduate participation in collaborative, multidisciplinary projects; to enhance the university’s ability to obtain extramural training grants; to facilitate strategic plan-driven initiatives in Ph.D. research/training; and to assist faculty recruitment and retention efforts.

While this list is not exclusive, it represents the overall direction for the use of these resources. These priorities have been developed to reflect the rapidly growing emphasis on collaborative, multidisciplinary research and scholarship. When making awards, funding agencies are moving toward a problem-focused approach that draws on solutions from multiple disciplines and moving away from inquiry led by a single investigator. Consistent with this change, multidisciplinary research and scholarship is an objective of the university’s strategic plan.

Process and approvals

Requests for GRAs require the approvals of all department chairs and deans of the faculty involved. For requests involving more than one school or college, one dean should be designated as the lead dean.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted collectively by the school or college, accompanied by a cover letter from the dean indicating the school or college’s research/scholarship and training priorities. Each dean’s office should submit an email to ac0576@wayne.edu with attached cover letter and one PDF document per applicant that includes signature page(s), application, and abbreviated CVs (each CV should not exceed four pages) by 5 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2016.

If you have questions regarding the pre-funding stage, please contact Karen Schramm in the Graduate School at 313-577-8053 or ac0576@wayne.edu. For post-funding questions, please contact Lakshmi Sabapathy in the Graduate School at ab3326@wayne.edu or 313-577-8051.


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