Undergraduate Research Assistantships


Undergraduate Research Positions

This program is being rolled into Student Engagement Fund.

The deadline to apply for Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 is February 23, 2015.

The Undergraduate Research Assistantship (URA) program has now been rolled into the Student Engagement Fund (SEF).  Students and faculty interested in receiving funding (stipend) for undergraduate research positions are encouraged to apply through SEF.

Through the Student Engagement Fund, students and faculty can apply for on-campus employment opportunities for NIU undergraduates.  Students selected to receive a stipend through SEF are able to work under the guidance of a faculty member in a position that is directly related to their career path and/or academic discipline.  Students can work up to 120 hours per academic year and are paid $10 per hour.  For example, a student can work 8 hours per week for 15 weeks, receiving a total of up to $1200 in stipend per academic year (Fall, Winter, Spring). Work-study positions are available and encouraged.

Students of diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented minority students, students from economically disadvantaged and underserved backgrounds and students with disabilities, are also strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Process:

Students and faculty are encouraged to apply through Student Engagement Fund. The deadline to apply for research positions for Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 is February 23, 2015.

Faculty who are awarded funding to have an undergraduate researcher will be responsible for choosing a student for their project. Hiring paperwork and timesheets will be processed through OSEEL.

Timesheets will be completed by the student and signed by the faculty supervisor (or designee) and turned into OSEEL every two weeks.  Late or unsigned timesheets will result in a delay in the student’s pay.  As of January 1, 2015 we are unable to process timesheets without student signatures.


*Please note, funding that was previously allocated to the URA program is now available for paid undergraduate positions through the Student Engagement Fund. Applications will continue to be available three times a year.