Graduate School Scholar Assistantships

The Graduate School Scholar Assistantship (GSSA) is a recruiting assistantship intended to be used to attract and matriculate the best and brightest prospective graduate students. The GSSA provides two semesters for a doctoral degree and one semester for a thesis-based master’s degree on a Graduate School funded research assistantship dedicated to full-time research related to the student's dissertation or thesis. 


  • Applicants must have applied for full time study to a doctoral degree or thesis—based master’s degree and be in the top 10% of the applicant pool for that degree program. 
  • The nominating department must offer a full graduate award. 
  • Students completing non-thesis options are not eligible. 
  • If a recipient of the GSSA changes from a thesis to a non-thesis option during the course of his or her studies, the student will forfeit the award.

Application Procedures

To nominate an applicant for the GSSA, the Department Chair or Graduate Director will submit application materials using the following Qualtrics Graduate School form. Nominations must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, February 15, 2022. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.