Graduate Assistantships

USM Research Administration and Development is pleased to provide funding from the Maine Economic Improvement Funds (MEIF) to allow students to work with faculty members on research in one of the seven MEIF priority areas. As stipulated in Maine law, the System directs MEIF dollars specifically to support university-based research in designated research areas:

  • Aquaculture and Marine Sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Composites and Advanced Materials Technologies
  • Environmental Technologies
  • Information Technologies
  • Advanced Technologies for Forestry and Agriculture
  • Precision Manufacturing

These assistantships serve three purposes: to provide financial support for students, to enhance students’ professional and scholarly development, and to support faculty scholarship. Research Administration and Development has established a policy for length of funding and levels of awards as part of the annual competitive process. The period of stipend support for approved and admitted PhD students may not exceed four years; for MS students, may not exceed two years. The maximum funding per PhD student will be $23K/yr for the stipend portion, $15K/yr for Applied Medical Science MS students, $15K/yr for Computer Science MS students and $15K/yr for Biology MS students.

These funds may only be used for research purposes only, not teaching.  If a student withdraws mid-year, any unused funds are returned back to the funding pool.  An annual call for proposals is held in the spring. 

Call for Nominations (TBA)

MEIF Agreement Form

Research Mission

To support research, scholarship and creative activity to: promote knowledge, discovery and practical application to advance Maine's economy, communities and the quality of life for Maine citizens; to strengthen classroom education and transform the lives of students through real world learning opportunities; and to support faculty and staff commitment to excellence in scholarly accomplishments regionally, nationally and internationally.