Past Opportunities


Stanford GSB Research Fellows Program

Interested in doing a PhD in social science? Check out the Stanford GSB Research Fellows Program, a pre-doctoral program that offers valuable research and academic training for those interested in pursuing PhD programs in political science, economics, psychology, or other social science fields. Fellows have the opportunity to do research with GSB Faculty mentors​,​ take doctoral-level courses, and fully engage in the intellectual life at GSB. Fellows ​receive a fellowship that includes living stipend and tuition. For more information, contact


VCU Political Science Conference Call for Papers

Looking for a place to present research you’ve been working on? Check out the 11th Annual Politics and Government Student Research Conference at Virginia Commonwealth University on April 14, 2017! The theme this year is “Politics, Society, and World Affairs,” but the conference will host a diverse array of panels. To apply, send your paper abstract/proposals to (you do not need to have a finished paper to apply—papers in progress will be considered). The deadline to apply is March 28, 2017. You can send questions to that address or to with the words RESEARCH CONFERENCE in the subject line.


ProPublic Data Institute

If you’re interested in data and/or journalism, check out ProPublica’s second Data Institute. The Data Institute is an 11-day intensive workshop on how to use data, design and code for journalism. The workshop will be from June 7 to June 21 at ProPublica’s NYC offices. The deadline to apply is March 31. To learn more, click here, and to apply, click here.


A Conversation with Norm Ornstein (Tuesday, March 21, 6:30-7:30PM in Blow 201)

The public is invited to hear “A Conversation with Norm Ornstein” on Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30 pm. Norm Ornstein, a political scientist at the American Enterprise Institute, is the Hunter B. Andrews Fellow at the College this Spring. He is a noted columnist and commentator who has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration. He also co-authored the book, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism,” with Brookings Institute Fellow Tom Mann. The presentation will be in Blow Hall Room 201, and John McGlennon, Professor of Government at the College will engage Ornstein in the conversation.


International Methods Colloquium Talk: “The Speaker Affect Model for Measuring Emotion in Political Speech with Audio Data” on Friday 3/17 at 12PM

On Friday, March 17th at 12 PM, the International Methods Colloquium will host a presentation by Christopher Lucas of Harvard University titled, “The Speaker-Affect Model for Measuring Emotion in Political Speech with Audio Data.” The talk will cover the Speaker-Affect Model (SAM) that Lucas has developed to complement and extend existing methods for text analysis by modeling speech dynamics and incorporating a ridge-like regularization step. Additionally, he will demonstrate an extension of SAM that permits supervised analysis of text and audio jointly. Lucas will also apply this method to common benchmark data from computer science and to recordings of Supreme Court oral arguments. To tune in to the presentation and participate in the discussion after the talk, visit and click “Watch Now!” on the day of the talk. To register for the talk in advance, click here.


Psychology Colloquium: Mediation in Statistical Analyses

The Psychology department is hosting a colloquium by W&M alum Dr. Kris Preacher, Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology at Vanderbilt, on March 20, from noon-1pm in Tidewater B, Sadler Center. Dr. Preacher will present his recent work on mediation analyses, including the various methods and underlying assumptions for testing indirect effects in applied settings (i.e., real data, not simulations). He will also illustrate how to use online tools (and other software) he’s developed to perform these tests easily and accurately. His talk is relevant to anyone doing statistical research or in relevant courses. For more information, please see his website (


Research Position at the MIT Election Data and Science Lab

If you are graduating this year and are interested in elections and data science, check out the senior research support associate position at the MIT Election Data and Science Lab ( This position is geared towards recent graduates who are looking to go to graduate school or do work in election-related data science. The senior research associate would primarily be responsible for collecting and organizing the lab’s data, plus assisting in various research projects the lab would be undertaking. To apply, click here.


Kraemer Scholarship for Study or Research in the British Isles

Each year, the Charles Center’s Kraemer Scholarship provides funds to one or more students to spend a minimum of five full-time weeks studying or conducting research in the British Isles. The student award is $2,500. Any undergraduate who is not graduating before December 2017 is eligible to apply. The application deadline is noon on February 28, 2017. Please see this page for details. Select “Kraemer Scholarship” from the drop down menu on the main application page.