April 20, 2017

Research Assistantships

OSCAR, in coordination with the Office of Student Financial Aid, has created the OSCAR Research Assistant Program. Undergraduate students awarded Federal Work-Study may use their award to work with faculty, staff, and university programs on research projects.

The goal of this program is for students to be introduced to the concept of scholarship, to learn  research or scholarly methods , and to give faculty free project support. Please contact oscarfws@gmu.edu if you have questions about the program.

research assistantships


For more information about this program, please contact oscarfws@gmu.edu




Please be aware that you cannot concurrently participate in the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program and as an OSCAR RA on the same project.


Expectations for the Student

  • Students must be enrolled at least half-time (six credit hours per semester) to be eligible for this program.
  • Students will work as a research assistant for the assigned faculty member for 150 hours per semester. The schedule will be worked out between the student and the faculty member.
  • Students will fill out a bi-weekly timesheet on PatriotWeb to get paid.  Timesheets must be submitted on time. Unprocessed time sheets will not be paid, and cannot be made up in the future. Students will not be paid for hours they have not worked.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to keep track of their own hours worked to ensure overage does not occur. Students and supervisors may use the Paysheet Tracker to keep track of hours. Students may also see the hours they have worked on PatriotWeb.
  • The pay rate for these Federal Work Study Research Assistantships is $10.00/hour.


  • You do not need to have been awarded Federal Work-Study as part of you financial aid package to apply for these positions, you do need FWS to be hired for these positions. If you have been awarded other federal aid, you may be eligible for work study.
  • Eligibility is based on the student’s financial aid award package from on their 20-21 FAFSA.
  • Students must be enrolled at least half-time (six credit hours per semester) to be eligible for this program.

How to Apply

OSCAR Research Assistant opportunities are posted to Handshake as they become available, and applications are submitted and processed entirely through Handshake. Students can use the search term “OSCAR FWS” to more easily find available positions.

Students must include a completed OSCAR Research Assistantship Eligibility Form with their application.