Graduate Research Assistantship Awards

The College of Arts and Sciences is suspending Graduate Research Assistantship Awards for the academic year 2018-19.

To advance our mission of research, discovery and academic scholarship, the Western Michigan University College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to offer competitive research assistantship awards for graduate students. Faculty mentors and eligible students are invited to apply for assistantships in the summer I and/or summer II 2018 sessions.

Award Information

  • Two types of applications are welcome:
    • Faculty may request a graduate research assistant to help with new or ongoing research, discovery or creative activities.
    • Graduate students may request a research assistantship to fund completion of their dissertation or thesis research, discovery or creative activity.
  • Awards will support either masters or doctoral research, which may be part of the student’s thesis or dissertation.
  • Awards will include  up to two summer sessions of full appointment tuition and stipend at the 2017-18 Graduate College Research Assistant (RA) / Research Discovery (RD) rates.
  • Awards will be evaluated based on the quality of the research proposal, the student’s progress toward his or her degree, and the evidence for broad dissemination of the resulting work.
  • Preference will be given to proposals from untenured faculty who are research-active but have limited sources of external funding.
  • Preference will be given to support students with no other sources of funding.
  • The amount per award and total number of awards will depend on the number and type of proposals submitted and the availability of funds.

All awards are subject to final budgetary approval and authorization by the College of Arts and Sciences dean’s office.


Nov. 15

  • Applicants will be notified of the results within six weeks of the application deadline date
  • No late or incomplete applications will be considered


  • Tenure-track or tenured faculty with a tenure home in a department or unit in the College of Arts and Sciences may apply for this award. Faculty must identify a graduate student in a College of Arts and Sciences masters or doctoral program who will receive the assistantship.
  • Masters or doctoral students entering or in their final year of study in a College of Arts and Sciences program may apply for this award. Graduate students must identify a faculty mentor in the College of Arts and Sciences who will supervise their project.
  • A student receiving this award is ineligible for other forms of full-time or part-time support, including teaching assistantships (TAs), research assistantships (RA/RDs), and fellowships that provide stipend and/or tuition support from the Graduate College (e.g., Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Gwen Frostic Award, etc.) during the session(s) of the CAS research assistantship award. A student may hold or receive a Graduate College Research Grant or Travel Grant while appointed on the CAS research assistantship.


Submit the following materials by the deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

  1. Completed and signed Application
  2. The assistantship proposal abstract prepared according to the guidelines provided on the application form
  3. A current, unofficial WMU transcript for the graduate student
  4. A letter of recommendation from the faculty supervisor prepared according to the guidelines on the application form


College of Arts and Sciences Office of the Dean:

Submit application as a single PDF, putting the title of the award (CAS Graduate Research Assistantship) and applicant name in the subject line of the email. Emails from WMU accounts may serve in place of signatures.


Please do not hesitate to contact the College of Arts and Sciences dean’s office with any questions or concerns.