As part of my budget I will be requesting funding for a graduate student Research Assistant. I will be asking for salary buyout for myself for the fall and spring semesters. Would it be any issue if I were to ask for a stipend for the RA for fall, spring, and summer semesters even though I would not be asking for buyout for myself in the summer?
It is no problem to request RA support for semesters in which you won’t be released. Just be sure that the project timeline specifies how the RA work will be spread across that time. Also, just keep in mind that the project will begin on June 1, 2018 and end no later than June 30, 2019, so the summer work will have to be either in the first summer of the project or in June 2019.