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Summer Undergraduate Field Research Assistant Program

The Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development will post available positions for summer 2018 in January 2018.

The Summer Undergraduate Field Research Assistant Program offers opportunities for fieldwork experience to Stanford undergraduates interested in global poverty and development. Selected students spend up to 10 weeks in a low- or middle-income country conducting research for a Stanford faculty member or affiliate. Each research assistant receives a stipend to cover travel and living expenses. The minimum time commitment is 6 weeks, and stipends will be pro-rated if the total time commitment is less than 10 weeks. An orientation session on conducting research in developing countries and compliance with Stanford University policies is required. Research assistants will have the opportunity to discuss their work at an event organized by the Center.

Previous research assistants have evaluated the effect of secondary school scholarships on life outcomes in Ghana, conducted exploratory interviews with households and business in Côte d’Ivoire for a study on the impacts of urbanization, and gathered recently declassified data to examine when civil disobedience movements succeed in India.

This program is open only to current Stanford undergraduates who are enrolled for both the preceding spring quarter and the following fall quarter.

Students are welcome to apply to multiple openings, but must tailor the letter of interest to each project.