Each year Graduate Research Assistants (GRA) and Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA)
are appointed to assist with the education and research goals of the Department.
The students must be on qualified or approved status to be eligible for assistantships.
Selection of these appointees is competitive and is made on the basis of academic
excellence, promise as a graduate student and the student’s ability to help the
department. The General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be taken if a student
wishes to be considered for funding. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship
must contact the Chair of the Department or their faculty advisor before the deadlines
for application. Note that only full time campus students are eligible for assistantships.
GRA and GTA funds come from a variety of sources including departmental funds, NASA
Space Grant, the UND School of Graduate Studies, and faculty grants. Graduate assistantships
include a stipend and a tuition waiver. Assistants are required to work 20 hours
each week for a ½ time position and 8-10 hours each week for a ¼ time position under
the guidance of a Space Studies faculty member. The work expected for GRAs and GTAs
is arranged between the advisor and the student, but is typically to help the advisor
in research or teaching. Work goals and expectations will be arranged with the advisor
and progress will be monitored continuously. Half time and quarter time assistants
must carry a minimum of six credits per semester (3 credits for summer). Funded
students will be assessed at the end of each academic semester for continued funding.
Typically, a maximum of 2 years funding (4 semesters) is available for students.
Tuition waivers provide for a waiver of tuition to students who are commencing or
continuing work toward a graduate degree. Awards are made on the basis of academic
achievement and promise. Several tuition waivers are available to Space Studies
graduate students who are on approved or qualified status, on a per-semester basis.
The following conditions apply for granting a tuition waiver:
The General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be taken if a student wishes
to be considered.
Tuition waivers will not be available for courses taken to fulfill admission requirements.
Your chances for securing a tuition wavier are improved by having an approved
program of study on file.
Waivers will not be granted beyond the limit of 24 credits unless an approved
program of study is on file with The School of Graduate Studies.
Tuition waivers will not be available for courses taken beyond the required number
of credits to graduate.
Tuition waivers will not be available for retaking failed courses, dropped courses
for which a waiver was once given, and in lieu of unused waivers.
Tuition waivers are not available for students in a combined degree program.
To be eligible for tuition waivers, the students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or
Other The School of Graduate Studies policies will apply.
Students interested in obtaining a tuition waiver must submit an application form
to the Director of Graduate Studies
by March 31st for the following academic year. The deadlines for tuition waiver
applications are as follows: March 31st for the Fall Semester, October 15th for
the Spring Semester, and February 28th for the Summer Semester. Note that most of
the available tuition waiver funds are awarded to students during the latter half
of the Spring Semester for all semesters in the subsequent academic year. Therefore,
students are strongly encouraged to submit their requests for tuition waivers for
the following year by the March 31st deadline. While students may request a tuition
waiver for subsequent semesters past the March 31st deadline, the chances for having
those requests granted are greatly diminished since most of the departmental tuition
waiver funds will have already been allocated.
The School of Graduate Studies lists financial aid resources at their webpage. These resources
include Federal financial aid, The School of Graduate Studies scholarships and tuition
waivers, graduate research assistantships and others.
Please visit the
UND Financial Aid
website for more information for graduate students and for applying for Federal