The College of Graduate Studies and Research (CGSR) and the Research and Creative Activities Advisory Group are pleased to announce the 2020-2021 Graduate Dean’s Research and Creative Activities (RCA) Assistantships for graduate students at Northeastern Illinois University. The goal of these awards is to give graduate students an extended opportunity to experience and participate in the conduct of a research or creative activity project with an NEIU faculty member.

The RCA Assistantships will provide support for one academic year. Each award will include one course tuition waiver per term for two terms (fall and spring), a stipend of $300 a month for 10 hours a week of work assisting a faculty mentor with their research or creative activity project, and a research budget of up to $250. Students are eligible if they are graduate students in good standing in a degree program at Northeastern during the period of the award.

The awards will be contingent on available funding. 


Due date for applications: 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020

Award period: Fall 2020-Spring 2021


Graduate students who are in good standing in a degree program at Northeastern during the period of the award are eligible. Awards are contingent on students enrolling in at least one graduate-level course in the fall and spring terms. Students are only eligible to receive RCA Assistantships once (up to two terms) during their program enrollment. 

Application Process 

Submit the following materials in PDF format to

  • Copy of the student’s full NEIU transcript (unofficial transcript is acceptable) including both undergraduate and graduate levels, if the student did undergraduate work at NEIU

  • CV or resume (optional)

  • 1-2 page outline of the research or creative activity project and plan, including a description of what will be produced. The first paragraph should be a lay summary of the project and plan. These research descriptions should be written by the student, but can have input from the mentor

  • Annotated budget up to $250 for research or creative activity support (if requesting this support)

  • Letter of recommendation for the student from the faculty member mentoring the student on the research/creative activity project, including a description of any objectives for the student’s growth experience as an RCA Graduate Assistant that complement the project plan

​Award process

A group of faculty solicited by the CGSR Dean will review the applications and budget proposals, and make its recommendations to the CGSR Dean. The committee encourages projects that develop the professional skills of the graduate assistant as well as further the research or creative activity itself.  


The student will present at the Spring Student Research and Creative Activities Symposium and submit a one to two page research summary by the end of the spring term. 

Please contact with any questions about this assistantship opportunity.