Research Assistant Hiring Process

Nelson Granados with MBA student


Tenured and tenure track faculty can apply to have a research assistant (RA) support them in their research. When faculty members apply for an RA, they are responsible for identifying eligible research assistants and confirming a funding source. RA's are paid $15.50 per hour for a maximum of 10 hours per week for the length of the term. To maximize our budget, RA's do not automatically roll over to the next term, therefore, faculty members are asked to complete this form during the application period.

Next, in collaboration with the Student Employment Office, the Faculty Affairs Department facilitates the hiring process of research assistants. If approved, the faculty member will manage the duties of the research assistant and the Faculty Affairs team will approve the students' timecards on a bi-weekly basis.

Process to Apply

  1. Applications open approximately four weeks prior to the start of each term and close after a two-week window.
  2. Faculty members are asked to complete this form each term.
  3. Pending budget allocation, Faculty Affairs will cover the cost of one RA per faculty member on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  4. After the application period has closed, Faculty Affairs will notify faculty who are approved to hire a RA.
  5. Faculty Affairs will facilitate the hiring process with the student and copy the faculty member once the process is complete.

Funding Sources

Research assistants can be funded in multiple ways:

  • Faculty Affairs (Standard -- 1 per faculty member; contingent on budget availability)
  • Denney Award Research Funds (Individually Awarded)
  • Julian Virtue Research Funds (Individually Awarded)
  • Development Funds (Pending Department Chair approval)

Faculty Affairs funding is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The budget is reviewed each term to ensure that we are maximizing our funds and supporting as many faculty as possible. After the application window closes and funds have been allocated, faculty can be put on a waitlist or apply to use development funds.


  • What are the requirements in hiring a student employee?
    • Must be a current Pepperdine student with legal documentation to work within the United States.
  • Can I hire an international student?
    • Yes; however, please be aware that there are specific guidelines that international students must adhere to --- learn more information here.
  • Can I hire a second research assistant?
  • Can a student work for more than one professor?
    • Yes, RA can apply to work for more than one faculty member if: (a) both faculty members agree and (b) the Program Committee Chair verifies that the student is within good academic standing.
    • NOTE: Students are not to exceed 20 hours per week (10 hours per week per faculty member).
  • Can students work when the university is closed?
    • No, students are not allowed to record hours in Kronos when the university is closed. See schedule for more details.
  • Can students work between term breaks?
    • Yes, with faculty member's approval, students can record hours during term breaks.
  • How long can students work after they graduate?
    • Fall = last day of the fall term in December
    • Spring = work until mid-July
    • Summer = last day of their class
      • If the student's last class ends after session A, their employment eligibility will also end at that time.

NOTE: Please contact the Student Employment Office for additional information. International students are not eligible to work after graduation.