Graduate Student Researcher (GSR)

Graduate Student Researcher (GSR)

Research Assistantships are usually awarded by individual faculty members from faculty research grants. These positions are typically awarded to students in research programs, though we do have EPM students each year who are awarded GSR positions. Positions are advertised on Handshake, on the EPM weekly update and students may inquire about open positions with individual faculty members.

EPM students have found GSR positions through:

See eligibility requirements, salary and remission benefits

Work Study

Students who are offered a GSR position may be eligible for Work Study. Work study allows a student to earn financial aid through employment. It allows the program to subsidize the faculty or PI's cost of hiring. EPM students must apply for work study units each quarter. Each quarter, the Graduate Program Coordinator will put out a call asking for applications for consideration. The program considers (1) What research are you engaged in as a GSR? (2) Is there a policy engagement component? (3) How does this contribute to your career objectives? To be considered, you must be the eligibility requirements below and already have been offered a GSR position. The program has a limited amount of units to award each year. 


  • Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident
  • Identified as eligible for Graduate Work-Study by your academic department
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Work with academic a Program Coordinator to inquire about being hired and awarded a Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) Work-Study position. Academic program staff, in conjunction with faculty, hire the GSRs and notify students when Work-Study awards are posted online.