About the GR Position

Key Aspects of the GR Position

  • Contributing to community and relationship development among residents in the residence halls
  • Support the RA staff in their programmatic and on-call efforts.
  • Serve on a limited on-call duty rotation
  • Mentor and advise house councils.

Please view the full 2021-22 GR Position Description*.

*GR Position description is subject to change


Benefits and Compensation

Stipend: The GR stipends begin at $4,000 and increases by $250 every two semesters in the RA role up to $4,500. Graduate Residents receive a stipend that is divided into four payments throughout the year.

Meal Plan: Additionally, all GRs receive a meal plan allotment of $1,150 per semester. GRs without a kitchen/kitchenette in their apartment receive additional meal points

The meal allotment is not considered a full meal plan. Its purpose is to provide GRs with food points so they can dine with residents and RAs. GRs may supplement the meal allotment with their own funds.

The GR package may impacts each student’s financial aid differently. We advise potential GR candidates to consult with financial aid to learn more about any potential financial implications. For questions about how the GR compensation may impact your financial package, please contact the financial aid office for the graduate or professional school your program is housed in.


GR Eligibility Requirements 

  • GRs must be a full-time enrolled, graduate, or professional degree-seeking student in good academic standing at Duke University.
  • Must maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA while in the GR position.
  • GRs must also remain in good conduct and disciplinary standing with the university at all times. This includes adhering to all University and Housing & Residence Life policies as outlined in the Duke Community Standard and Housing License.
  • Must be able and willing to adhere to all positional conditions and expectations.

Important Information

  • GRs are expected to maintain a maximum of 19.9 hours/per week availability for GR related activities.
  • The term of appointment spans one academic year. Reappointment for an additional academic year is contingent upon satisfactory performance and successful completion of the annual reapplication process.
  • GRs are required to attend the entirety of Fall GR Training and Winter GR training.
  • Arrive early each semester and leave late at the end of each semester, as scheduled, to coordinate building openings and closings.
  • GRs are expected to help provide residential team leadership presence when the residence halls are officially open (including Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, Spring Break, and Commencement/Beach Week, as required by the Residence Coordinator).
  • GRs may take a total of twelve (12) pre-approved leave days per semester