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 students 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 33 positions in 2018-2019 and 63 positions in 2019-2020 with faculty mentors spanning 10 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. It is the hope of the OUR to expand the program and offer more positions in coming years.

Brief Overview of the Restrictions, Requirements, and Details

Students MUST be eligible for Federal Work Study
Students MUST be undergraduates enrolled at least 6 hours
Students must use online application to apply [Link below]
Students must work with a faculty member or expert in research area serve as their mentor.
Students do not have to have a mentor prior to applying for a position.
If offered a position, the student will be a temporary employee of NC State University and will receive a pay check. FWS Awards are not lump sum payments.
Students are paid at a rate of $10 per hour for new hires, $11 per hour for returning employees of the program.
This is a job, this is not a flat sum award.
Average hours worked will be between 6-8 and will not exceed 20 hours per week
The student is required to complete an online brief research Interim Report and Final Report
The student is required to complete one professional development experience each semester and submit a brief reflection within 2 weeks of the experience using the web based form on the OUR website.
The student is required to complete one of the following: A) A reflection paper. B) A poster or oral presentation at the NC State Spring Symposium.
Students must complete the entire hiring process with the OUR [not mentors department] to receive pay/award
Review handbook for additional details and important information
Course credit is not allowed for work done as a FWS employee

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

OUR FWS RA Position Handbook for Students and Mentors





Priority Deadline Fall 2020: July 26, 2020
Deadline Fall 2020: October 1, 2020

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