Graduate Research Assistantships

The Guam EPSCoR program at the University of Guam is funded by a five-year, $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Established Program for the Stimulation of Competitive Research (EPSCoR). The program aims to broaden the participation of underrepresented students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields through developing a research program that helps ensure the sustainability of coral reef ecosystems in the face of environmental change. Guam EPSCoR aims to situate Guam as a premier research and STEM education hub bolstering sustainability, economic development, and informed decision-making by engaging communities in 21st-century science.

In addition to its research goals, Guam EPSCoR seeks to increase the number and diversity of students who choose STEM careers by engaging students it its Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) program. 

The Graduate Research Assistantship is a three-year long program designed to train graduates in scientific research. Selected students will benefit from a tuition waiver of up to 12 credits per semester for the pursuit of a master’s degree, research training, faculty mentorship, possible travel opportunities, and an $18,000 annual stipend ($1,500 per month).

Selected applicants will choose to specialize from the following disciplines: Ecology, Genomics, and/or Oceanography. Depending on chosen specialization, students may learn about DNA extraction and sequencing and/or how to read and analyze data to characterize marine environments. The program may involve hands-on fieldwork to investigate coral reefs or to deploy and retrieve oceanographic instruments while working at the UOG Marine Laboratory. Graduate students will also receive support for their individual thesis defenses. 

The program seeks to increase the number and diversity of students who choose careers in STEM. All qualified students are encouraged to apply, in particular women, minorities, and students with disabilities.

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and/or permanent resident of Guam; or non-immigrant alien admitted into Guam under the Compacts of Free Association
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in undergraduate studies, or 3.25 in master’s program
  • Must be enrolled, accepted, or pending acceptance into UOG’s master’s program
  • Research experience and training
  • Faculty/Researcher mentoring
  • Annual stipend of up to $18,000
  • Tuition waiver of up to twelve (12) credits per semester. Not to exceed thirty-six (36) credits over a period of three (3) years
  • Travel opportunities

The deadline to apply is 5:00 P.M. on March 31, 2021.
Accepted students will be notified by April 14, 2021.

Late applications may be considered until the UOG Masters Application Deadline, pending availability of positions. 

Program Start date: August 16, 2021

To apply:

  1. Download and complete the application from the link below and submit the completed document with transcripts, references, and a personal statement to Guam EPSCoR at
  2. Additional instructions can be found on the bottom of the first page of the application. 
For more information, contact Sho Hammond at