Graduate Assistantships

GRA positions generally provide 9-12 credits of tuition remission and a monthly stipend based on the number of hours (FTE) worked. The School has a limited number of GRAs available as part of the MUS and Urban Studies PhD admissions process, and none for the MURP program. However, research centers and individual faculty members regularly post and hire for GRA positions based on external grant and contract funding. These GRA positions are handled directly by the center/institute or faculty member. Listed below are a few of the research centers where students have found GRA positions.

General information about University Graduate Assistantships is available here.

Center for Urban Studies

The mission of the Center is to promote and facilitate the conduct of research and community service for faculty and students on urban issues relevant to the metropolitan area. The Center is an established and ongoing link between the University and the community. The Center provides the infrastructure by which the assets of the University can be accessed by the community, and a means by which the University can access the community as a research laboratory. The Center does not offer GRA positions directly, but individul faculty members offer GRA's through CUS.

Population Research Center

The Population Research Center (PRC) is an interdisciplinary public service, research, and training unit for population-related data and research for the State of Oregon.

Institute on Aging

The Institute on Aging at Portland State University gathers some of the top researchers and instructors in the field to provide much-needed education and insight into our aging population.

Community Environmental Services (CES)

Community Environmental Services (CES) is a research and service unit within the Center for Urban Studies in the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University. CES has provided high quality research, technical assistance, data collection, and educational outreach services in the areas of solid waste management, recycling, waste prevention, and other resource conservation and business sustainability issues since the late 1980's.

CES employs between 15-20 students annually. Over 80% of CES staff are graduate students from programs within Portland State University including Urban and Regional Planning, Urban Studies, and Public Administration. CES usually continues employing students over the summer. The best way for students to get hired is to drop the director an email along with a resume. When they know they are hiring they contact those who they have resumes for. They also post to USP and UPA listservs.

Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies 

The Institute was created to better connect the university to issues of concern to communities in the six-county Portland-Vancouver Metropolitan Area, and to bring new attention to key issues of metropolitan significance. Acting as both a broker and a catalyst, the Institute has been serving the region since 1992. IMS sometimes hires GRAs on externally funded projects. Contact the Director, Sheila Martin, for more information:

Northwest Economic Research Center (NERC)

The Northwest Economic Research Center was officially founded in September 2011, but the concept has been in the works for over 15 years. Our mission is to serve the public, nonprofit, and private sectors in Oregon and Southwest Washington with high quality unbiased economic analysis.

The Center produces research and provides advice that is understandable to policymakers and stake holders. NERC brings together researchers from other centers and institutes on campus to serve as a hub for economic issues. In this process, the Institute provides practical outlets and experience for researchers, and trains graduate students interested in pursuing careers in applied economics.

Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC)

TREC, the Transportation Research and Education Center for Portland State University, houses the National Institute for Transportation and Communities, or NITC, and the archives of its predecessor grant program, the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium, or OTREC. TREC also administers the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation, or IBPI, and other transportation grants and programs. We produce timely, practical research useful to transportation decision makers and support the education of future transportation professionals through curriculum development and student participation in research.