OUR Federal Work Study Research Assistant Positions

The Office of Undergraduate Research through the Division of Academic & Student Affairs (DASA) will provide undergraduate research positions through the Federal Work-Study (FWS) program up to the maximum of the student’s FWS award during an academic year (typically $1500-$2000).

This program was started in the Fall of 2017 with 21 Research Assistant positions being created and expanded to over 80 positions in 2020-21 with faculty mentors spanning 9 colleges at NC State University.

The goal of the program is to provide students with a work-study position that allows the student to earn money through an enhanced work experience by learning about and conducting research with a faculty mentor.

Brief Overview of the Restrictions, Requirements, and Details

Requirements/RestrictionsBrief Details
Students MUST be eligible for Federal Work-StudyStudents do not have to have a mentor to apply
Students MUST be undergraduates enrolled in at least 6 credit hoursFWS is not a lump sum award, but a paid job
Students must have a faculty mentor or expert in the research areaNew hires are paid at $11 per hour, returning OUR FWS RA’s are paid at $12 per hour (revised for 2021-22)
The student is required to complete either 1. a reflection paper or 2. present at the NC State spring symposiumStudents work on average 5-10 hours per week
The student is required to complete a professional development activity each semesterWolf Time is used by students after being hired to track hours
The hiring process must be completed in order to receive the FWS award fundingExpanded details can be found in the handbook [link below]
Students may not receive a OUR Research award during the same time as working as an OUR FWS RAStudents will use Moodle to access program information and requirements after being hired
Students must use the online application [link below]

Complete Restrictions, Requirements, and details may be found in the OUR FWS RA Position Handbook found below.


The OUR uses a general job listing that is meant to encompass all colleges and disciplines for its posting within the Federal Work Study Job site found in the MyPack Portal. Please email any questions you have to the office at undergradresearch-fwsra@ncsu.edu