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.