Deadline: Doctoral Graduate Research Assistantship


Mar. 25, 2014, 5pm



DGRA Program Information

As some may recall, about 4 years ago the Graduate College and Provost's office revamped our formula for distributing state graduate assistantship funds.  As part of the new approach, the Strategic Plan Graduate Research Assistantship (SPGRA) Program was established to competitively award dozens of state funded, 9 month/academic year, research GAs for a 3 year term. It is now time for the second competitive round of applications to identify 40 faculty members or faculty teams who will be awarded a 3-year Doctoral Graduate Research Assistant.  These DGRAs will be funded from fall 2014 – spring 2017, and each of these new DGRAs (Doctoral Graduate Research Assistants) will receive a $13k or $15k base stipend (pre- and post-advancement to candidacy, respectively) and standard GA benefits (tuition, optional health insurance, etc.).  Faculty who are awarded DGRAs are encouraged to supplement the DGRA stipend with external funds, if available, but this is not required.


Applicants may be UNLV tenured or tenure track faculty, or collaborative faculty research teams, who are in graduate programs or who do substantive research in collaboration with a particular graduate program.  The DGRAs are research based GRA positions located in academic units with graduate programs. If awarded a DGRA, faculty may appoint a single doctoral student in good standing for the full 3 years, or give the DGRA position to different students in different years of the project.  Doctoral students in DGRA positions must be enrolled full time for the duration of their funding, work up to 20 hours per week, and continue to make satisfactory progress toward their degree. Faculty DGRA awards may be extended for the full three years, contingent upon successful annual project evaluation.

Submission Guidelines & Information

Please submit the DGRA form with an abbreviated CV highlighting research and publication history from each faculty member associated with the DGRA proposal, and all required documentation, to your graduate coordinator, department chair or director, and then to your academic Dean for their review, input, and signature.  

The graduate coordinator, chair/directory, and academic dean (or designee) will be asked to rate each faculty proposal for a DGRA (highly recommend, recommend, or do not recommend) based on criteria including, but not limited to, the following:

  • relevance of proposed research to UNLV’s research mission and the department/school/college’s strategic plan;
  • overall quality of proposed research;
  • specificity and quality of deliverables;
  • faculty research productivity;
  • history of grant support for GAs, if applicable.


Final DGRA application packets must be delivered to Ms. Megan Svarz in the Graduate College (FDH #304, Mail Stop #1017) or completed, scanned, and emailed to [email protected] later than 5pm on Tuesday, March 25th; please put DGRA in the subject line of your email.

All DGRA applications will then be reviewed, rated, and ranked by a university committee comprised of 1 faculty representative from each College in the Graduate College.  Collaborative proposals will also be screened and reviewed by the UNLV CoRE Fellows.  

For questions about the DGRA program, please contact Ms. Megan Svarz or Dr. Kendall Hartley, Associate Dean of the Graduate College.

The Graduate College will announce faculty DGRA awards on or about May 1st, 2014.

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