Graduate Research Assistantships are usually supported by research grants or gifts awarded to the major professor. A candidate must be accepted as a graduate student prior to receiving a GRA position, but once accepted, the faculty member who manages the grant or gift is responsible for hiring the GRA.
Normally GRAs are considered half-time positions and require 20 hours service per week. GRA’s usually are awarded on a 9 or 12 month basis. Stipends are determined by research, graduate experience, and other factors. Students in GRA positions are expected to help the faculty member meet the goals of the research grant by which the GRA is funded