The John L. Bryan* Chair endowment provides full support for up to two Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) every year. The support is provided to outstanding, incoming Master of Science (MS) students, domestic or international, in the FPE department and is awarded on a competitive basis.

The support goes to an individual who has already applied or will be applying to the FPE M.S. program. Identification of a research project and a M.S. thesis faculty advisor are welcome but are not required. The recipient of the John L. Bryan GRA Award is expected to complete the proposed research project under the supervision of a member of the Faculty of the FPE Department.

The Award includes standard tuition credits (up to 25), health benefits, and a stipend (approximately $40k). The duration of the support is up to 12 months. A (new) requirement of this award is that the awardees agree to serve as Teaching Assistants for one course during both the Fall and Spring terms (1/2 TA positions).

Interested applicants should provide a one-page statement of purpose explaining their interest in the M.S. degree program in general and in fire research in particular. Applicants should also provide an updated resume. Applications should be submitted via email to Arnaud Trouvé, FPE Professor and Director of Graduate Studies ( The deadline for application is usually around February 15 and will be announced on the FPE website. A decision on the recipient of the John L. Bryan GRA Award is made by the beginning of March. The competition applies to incoming students who start their M.S. program in the following Summer, Fall, Winter or Spring terms.  Download the award information sheet here: PDF iconBryan Chair RA 2023

The 2023 John L. Bryan GRA Award recipient is Kyra Cromwell Reed - follow this link to read more!

*Dr. John L. Bryan served as Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Fire Protection Engineering beginning with the establishment of the Department in 1956 until his retirement from the University of Maryland in 1993.