Current Opportunities


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Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Applications Now Open

Are you interested in pursuing an academic career in political science and are a member of an underrepresented ethnic or racial minority group? Then you should apply for the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute! This program furthers your writing, statistical analysis and research skills throughout the summer of 2018 by posing to you the most significant questions being asked by today’s leading political scientists. The application deadline is January 19th, and the program will take place at Duke University from May 27th to June 28th, 2018. If you would like to learn more about the program, please click here. If you are interested in applying, please click here to view the eligibility criteria.

Research Assistant Positions — (International) Political Economy of Development

Are you interested in international political economy? Have a passion for Development? Or a regional interest in Latin America? What about Africa? Then consider applying to these research assistant (RA) opportunities with incoming Government Professor Eric Arias. Tasks include data collection and management for different projects, such as (i) analyzing the effects of US monetary policy on patronage in the developing world (cross-country + within-country analyses), (ii) an RCT in Medellin examining the effect of community meetings among citizens and police, (iii) an RCT in Burkina Faso to analyze the effect of edutainment soap-operas as a tool to countering violent extremism. The RA(s) will work closely with Eric and gain valuable experience on research design in both observational and experimental work. Desired qualifications (not applicable to all projects) include data collection and data management skills (e.g., Excel and Stata); geospatial analysis (GIS in R), but above all, be very detail-oriented and independent. Starting date and time commitments are flexible. Applicants should send a CV and a one short paragraph expression of interest and time availability to Eric at

Department of Defense Opportunities for Recent Grads

The Department of Defense is looking for recent graduates to fill positions at Fort Eustis. Pay would be very competitive (likely comparable to a starting professorship depending on qualifications) and likely with 25% travel to teach. Traveling would generally be limited to the contiguous United States and always in safe places. Applications would preferably have a solid working knowledge of SNA and the creativity to apply it to various Army & Joint problems sets (both friendly and threat focused). Having an existing security clearance is a plus, but by no means required. Someone with a networks & OB-background, data experience, who
understood coding in R or Python would be the ideal candidate.

Call for Papers: 2018 Virginia Social Science Association (VSSA) Annual Conference


The Virginia Social Science Association (VSSA) is calling for paper submissions for its annual conference. The theme of the conference this year is Symbolism, Discourse, and Inclusivity: Beyond Rhetoric. Those with papers related to this theme are encouraged to apply, but papers from other social science disciplines will still be considered. The conference will hold competitions for best undergraduate and best graduate papers. The winner of the graduate award will receive $500 and the undergraduate award winner will receive $250. To enter either of these competitions, use this form. To be considered for the conference, submit a one page panel or paper proposal by 5:00 p.m. on February 12, 2018 using this form.

Government Department Research Assistant Position: Fall 2017 – Spring 2018

If you’re interested in global environmental issues, check out this research assistant position (RA) with Government Professor S. P. Harish, who is leading an interdisciplinary team researching global coal plant infrastructure. The project aims to compile a global geospatial database of coal plants to enable rigorous research on the costs and benefits of coal plant construction. RAs will gain valuable research experience and the opportunity to interact with experts and faculty members in economics, political science, environmental science, and energy policy. Position responsibilities include basic statistical and quantitative research, including data collection, processing and consolidation. Desired qualifications include data management skills and experience with geospatial software (ArcGIS). The RA must be able to work both fall and spring semesters for approximately ten hours a week. RAs are funded at the rate of $9/hour for up to 10 hours a week for 12 weeks during the semester. Qualified candidates should submit a CV via email to S.P. Harish ( Please include the phrase “Coal Plants RA F17-S18” in the subject line.

Research Assistant Position, Singaporean Text Analysis

Do you want to work on a research project on the text analysis of Singaporean parliamentary speeches? We are looking for a diligent research assistant (RA) who pays attention to detail and can work with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and R. The initial task involves cleaning the various parliamentary speeches into a format that can be used for text analysis. Once this is complete, the RA will assist in conducting various analyses with the parliamentary text. The expected workload is about 10 hrs/week. At the end of the project, the RA can expect to learn the ins-and-outs of conducting text analysis on parliamentary speeches.
If you are interested and can commit to working about 10 hrs/week for the next 10 weeks, then please send your CV and a one short paragraph expression of interest to S.P.Harish at

Position Opening: Senior Research Associate at American Strategies

American Strategies is seeking an experienced Senior Research Associate with expertise in the areas of political polling and quantitative research methods. In this position, your primary responsibility will be overseeing and conducting research projects, including questionnaire design, field oversight, analysis, and presentation. American Strategies conducts public opinion surveys for trade associations and non-profit organizations engaged in advocacy campaigns and candidate campaigns as well as for clients’ internal research purposes. If you would like to learn more about the position, check out this document.



 For a list of past opportunities visit the archive here.