SOURCE Funding Opportunities for Faculty

Research Assistant Grant Program

Application for RAs to work during Spring 2022, Spring + Summer 2022, or Summer 2022 only (there will also be an opportunity to apply for Summer 2022 RAs in March 2022)

October 21 – Required Intent to Apply form due

October 28 – Application due

Application for RAs to work during Summer 2022, Summer + Fall 2022, or Fall 2022 only

March 3 – Required Intent to Apply form due

March 10Application due


The SOURCE RA Grant provides funding through a faculty-led application to hire undergraduate student research assistants. Funds provide either academic year payroll or a summer stipend to students for remote or in-person work with faculty mentors that supports the mentor’s ongoing research or new research projects. The goal of this program is to provide a mutual benefit to students and faculty mentors.

Priority given to mentors working with lower-division students (first- or second-year students), and to mentors in humanities, social sciences, arts, communications, journalism, or management fields.

The application may be made with a specific student(s) in mind, or SOURCE will advertise the position on Handshake and collect applications for the faculty mentor’s review and selection. Both the student and faculty mentor will need to submit regular reports to SOURCE, including a final report, and student research assistants will participate in some of The SOURCE’s peer mentoring, research skills workshops, presentations, and other activities.

Guidelines and eligibility

  • Mentors may apply for 1-3 student RAs.
  • Student eligibility: undergraduate students only – first-year students, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  Working with seniors (May ’22 grads) in Spring 2022 is permitted, but seniors (May ’22 grads) may not be funded in Summer 2022 or beyond.
  • Mentor eligibility: faculty mentors that are tenured or tenure-track; faculty mentors with appointments that are not tenure-track or tenured are eligible with approval from the department chair; research teams or co-mentors are eligible and may also include faculty with appointments that are not tenured or tenure-track, research-focused staff, and graduate students.
  • A primary mentor/point of contact should complete the application.
  • Mentors will create the timeline that’s suitable to their schedule and workflow.
  • During the academic year, student pay (total including fringe) is transferred to the department so that the student can be put on payroll by the department budget administrator.
  • During the summer, students are typically paid by summer stipend.
  • Pay rate is typically $15/hour unless the research group has a different standard.
  • All work and communication is to be completed in compliance with Syracuse University’s latest COVID guidelines.

Goals of the program:

  • Provide research skills training to undergraduate students with particular interest in hiring lower-division students (first or second-year students) who might go on to design their own projects, or lead an independent piece of the larger project.
  • Create stronger engagement in fields with lower participation in undergraduate research, or where faculty traditionally receive less or no funding for research assistants (e.g. the humanities, social sciences, arts, communications, journalism, or management fields).
  • Students will engage in meaningful work and learn about research methodologies and design in the discipline.
  • Faculty mentors or research groups will advance their research agenda.
  • Students and mentors will create a plan for project goals and deliverables, regular communication, and mentoring.


Questions?  Contact or 315-443-2091


Intent to Apply form available here

Application available here