START OF APPOINTMENT
Once the EPSA Program has selected you, there are several steps that need to be completed before you can begin your appointment.
EPSA is responsible for submitting all necessary paperwork to ORAU. You may not begin your appointment earlier than the start date approved by EPSA, nor can you continue past the approved end date without an approved extension (see Renewal of Appointment). EPSA will notify ORAU of this information.
Once ORAU has received the approval and selection from EPSA and has confirmed the availability of the specified funds, you will be sent an appointment letter. You must review, sign and return the appointment letter from ORAU, along with Terms of Appointment and other required forms, before your first day of participation to ensure that you will be eligible to receive a stipend.
You are required to have health insurance in place no later than the first day of the appointment.
It is your responsibility to ensure ORAU receives the following items before your appointment and stipend payments can begin:
- Signed appointment letter and Terms of Appointment
- Proof of U.S. citizenship
- All other forms and documents included in the appointment packet or stated in the appointment letter
- Current résumé
- Copy of official transcript showing most recent degree (after selection)
- Verification of current health insurance
Finally, the EPSA program coordinator will certify the date upon which you began participation through the required Certification of Starting Date form. Once all of these steps are complete, ORAU will begin your stipend payments.