2019-20 Becker Graduate Research Assistantship – Now Accepting Applications

To apply: Follow instructions on the CURRENT flyer: https://esp.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/01082019_Becker-Fellowship-revised-for-2019.pdf

Deadline: 5:00pm, Friday, February 15, 2019


The Catherine and Richard Becker Graduate Research Fellowship is made possible by a generous gift from the Beckers to the College of Science in November 2016:



Two Graduate Research Fellowships will be awarded to master’s students for the academic year 2019-2020. The Fellowship enables a more inclusive graduate academic experience – incorporating learning, teaching and research – by providing more opportunities for Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) graduate students to serve as Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) and Graduate Research Assistants (GSAs).

The Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. Applicants must submit materials to Susan Cheselka by 5:00pm Friday, February 15, 2019.

Two recipients will be notified by Monday, April 1, 2019.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must have applied to, or be already enrolled in, the Environmental Science and Policy M.S. program
  • Will serve at least one semester as a GTA
  • Must have maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must have an advisor

Preference will be given to students expressing interest in how human populations impact environmental sustainability.


  • $24,000 stipend annually (20 hours/week $18,000 Academic Year, $6000 Summer term)
  • Tuition waiver: 12 credits of in-state credits / year

Important Dates for Students

SPRING 2020 Semester (modified due to COVID-19)

MLK Day (university closed): Jan 20

First day of classes: Jan 21

Spring Break (extended): Mar 9-20

Dissertation/Thesis Deadline: May 8

Last day of classes: May 11

Reading Day(s): May 12

Final Exam Period: May 13-20

University Commencement: May 22 (tentative)

COVID-19 DATE CHANGES – For the complete modified spring calendar, see https://registrar.gmu.edu/calendars/spring-2020/ and for latest COVID-19 updates, see: https://www2.gmu.edu/coronavirus