Graduate Research Assistant/Associate

Hiring Graduate Researcher Assistants/Associates (GRA) on Contract


In order to be considered for a Graduate Assistant/Associate (GA) position, a graduate student must:

  1. Be admitted to a graduate degree seeking program. Students enrolled solely in Certificate programs are not eligible for GA appointments.  Law, Medicine and Pharmacy (PharmD) students are not eligible for GA positions unless concurrently enrolled in a regular graduate degree-seeking program. 
  2. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0. If a student is newly admitted, the admission GPA is considered for this requirement. A student must also maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 during their appointment. Appointing departments may also require a higher GPA.  It is important to check the GPA before making an offer of GA appointment so that any issues can be addressed in a timely manner.  The Graduate Assistant/Associate Low GPA Waiver form must be submitted should a hiring exception be necessary.  GPA exceptional appointments are limited to one semester appointments and are not eligible for reappointment until grades are reviewed.
  3. Be enrolled in at least 6 graduate level units. Undergraduate or audited courses do not satisfy this requirement. Appointing departments may also require a higher enrollment.

Appointing departments may also have additional criteria that a graduate student must meet in order to be appointed into a Graduate Assistant/Associate position.

Please review the Graduate Assistant Manual for additional information.


Please secure Department Hiring Authority approval prior to submitting this request to RII Employee Services. 

1.  Complete the GRA Hiring Form.

2.  RII ES will prepare the GRA Offer Letter and will email the draft back to the department for review and signature by hiring authority and graduate student employee. (Please note, electronics signatures are expected and accepted). 

3.  Submit fully signed offer letter to RII ES for processing.  Deadline is one week prior to start date.

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