The University of Lethbridge has a GSA Collective Agreement that governs Research Assistantships for graduate students. Under the new agreement these positons are called Graduate Assistant (Research) appointments. These positions are intended to allow faculty continue to employ graduate assistants whose duties include the performance of research and related duties unrelated to the program of study. These positions are typically funded by a faculty member’s research funds. For more information on the new appointment classification, please see the most recent GSA Collective Agreement.
It is important to note the difference between a graduate research stipend and a GA (Research) appointment. Graduate research stipends can be offered in order to promote the completion of the students’ academic program of studies and is not considered employment income. GA (Research) funding is payment for research work completed on behalf of a faculty member’s research program (which is unrelated to the students’ academic program of studies). This is considered employment income. For more information or clarification between a stipend and GA (Research) funding please contact the SGS.
Under the new guidelines an “Offer of Appointment” must be extended to the potential GA (Research) candidate outlining the details of the GA (Research) position. The School of Graduate Studies has provided a template for this purpose. Click below to see the most recent version of the Offer of Appointment: