GSRA Benefits

Benefits of a GSRA position at UM-Flint include the experiential learning opportunities provided by performing research for an academic unit in the student’s area of interest. Close contact with faculty and other graduate students, an employment experience in an academic setting, and the opportunity to devote one’s energies to academic work are some of the other intangible benefits of this program.


The minimum amount for stipends associated with GSRA appointments is announced annually by the Flint Office of University Human Resources. In 2020-2021, the full-time per-term rate for the Flint campus is $14,775. Most GSRAs are appointed between 10% and 15% effort, amounting to per-term stipends of $1,477.50 and $2,216.25. GSRAs are paid monthly. Most graduate assistants qualify for additional financial assistance in the form of scholarships, grants, and student loans. The Office of Financial Aid should be consulted for further details at (810) 762-3444 or on their website at

Travel Accident Insurance

Graduate Student Research Assistants who travel on University business (other than trips to and from their regular work site) are covered by the University's Travel Accident Insurance plan.

Vacation and Sick Leave

GSRA appointments do not provide for paid vacations or holidays. However, remuneration is not reduced during the term of the appointment for class recess or holidays. Graduate Student Research Assistants are eligible for sick pay not to exceed three (3) weeks in a consecutive twelve (12) month period, beginning on the first day of the initial appointment period when unable to meet appointment obligations because of personal illness or injury. Pay during such periods is subject to approval of the department chairperson, head of the research unit, or the GSRA's supervisor or mentor, as appropriate.

Leaves of Absence Without Salary (F.M.L.A.)

Leaves of Absence from an academic program are academic issues handled locally by each academic unit. In general, due to the limited term nature of GSRA appointments, no leaves of absence are available during the course of the appointment period. However, if an individual has been appointed by the University, in any capacity, for 12 months or more and has worked at least 1250 hours during the 12 months immediately preceding the request for leave, a federally mandated Family Medical Leave may be available. In no case can an FMLA leave extend beyond the previously-processed appointment end date. The University complies fully with the Family Medical Leave Act.

Other Benefits and Additional Information

GSRA's responding to a subpoena may serve on jury duty or as a witness without loss of compensation. Other benefits include instructional staff library privileges and bereavement time.

GSRA's with a 25% or greater appointment fraction are eligible for additional benefits in the form of a tuition waiver and group health, life, and dental insurance. Appointments of 25% or greater are rare on the Flint campus.

Students with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations at Disability and Accessibility Support Services (, 264 UCEN (810) 762-3456.

UM-Flint GSRAs are covered under all University of Michigan policies for GSRAs. Details can be found at Other University of Michigan employment policies also apply. Contact Human Resources for additional information at (810) 762-3150.