Past Opportunities

Past Opportunities

Charles Center Honors Fellowships

Are you a junior considering conducting an honors thesis? Each year, the Charles Center the provides resources and support to fund honors student projects through their Honors Fellowships. Students like you can receive up to $6,000 to carry out your research. The deadline to apply for 2016 is Wednesday, March 2, 2016, so interested juniors should plan time to finalize topic ideas and meet with advisers before that date. More information about the Honors Fellowships can be found here.

Standford Law Research Fellow Applications

Stanford Law is looking for Research Fellows! Applicants should be graduating seniors or recent college graduates and will be applying to work full-time alongside law professors of various backgrounds in the social sciences during the Spring/Summer of 2016. Fellow responsibilities include analyzing complex datasets, interpreting study results, communicating with government officials and other important stakeholders, and writing research reports. Experience in quantitative research and with statistical packages such as Stata, R, and Python is preferred, but not required. The first application deadline is Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 11:59PM PST. Interested students should go here for more information about the position and associated benefits. 

Morton Book Fair

If your personal stash of literature on politics and government is looking sparse, head to Morton 2 ALL DAY next Tuesday, February 9th, to check out the FREE books up for grabs in preparation for the Government Department move to Tyler. Again, all available books are completely free

University of Essex ISER

Graduating students interested in applied qualitative analysis are encouraged to apply to the University of Essex Institute for Social and Economic Research MSc and PhD programs in Survey Methodology for the upcoming year. Applications are due February 5, 2016, and more information can be found here.

See the flier for the event at this link (MSc.PhD.SurveyMethods).

Georgetown Public Policy Review

The Georgetown Public Policy Review, the student-run, peer-reviewed academic journal of the McCourt School of Public Policy, is currently seeking submissions for the digital debut of its Spring 2016 edition.With an estimated 2.5 billion millennials worldwide, the footprint of the first global generation and a post-millennial world is taking shape. Articles should explore the problems, prospects, and implications of a post-millennial world, illustrating the ways in which the millennial has, is, or could continue to uproot conventional expectations of twenty-first century national and foreign policy.Submissions may focus on any topic of national or international affairs that is related to policy analysis and, at its essence, explore a ‘post-millennial’ question or theme. Papers must bridge the divide between theory and practice, with highly encouraged inclusion of data analysis, visualizations, and media. GPPR welcomes submissions, including articles and commentaries, on a rolling basis until December 15, 2015. Please submit articles to

Click here for more information.

MPSA 2016 Call For Poster Proposals

The Midwest Political Science Association is calling for undergraduate poster proposals for its 2016 conference in Chicago, April 7-10. This conference is a terrific opportunity for undergraduates to show off their research, see others’ research projects, attend lectures from experts in the field, and network with other political science scholars. Proposals must be submitted electronically (with advisor recommendation) by December 10, 2015. Full instructions for submitting a proposal can be found on the MPSA’s Submission Guidelines page at

For information on funding opportunities at W&M to support your attendance at this conference, please visit this link.

Four Intern Positions Open in SSRMC

Are you interested in undergraduate research? Are you looking for a position that will develop marketable skills? Would you like to be challenged by strategizing the growth of a major research center on campus? The Social Science Research Methods Center (SSRMC) was founded in 2014 to provide the infrastructure and training to meaningfully integrate undergraduate students studying social sciences into faculty research. Our goal is to facilitate students in both developing their own independent research projects and developing the skills necessary to be competitive for jobs requiring data analysis skills. We are looking to grow. The four student staff members of the Center (Student Director, Omnibus Director, Technical Director, and Science Writer) are an integral part of the success of the SSRMC and handle much of its day-to-day operation as well as planning and strategizing for future growth of the Center. The SSRMC is looking to hire four interns for the Spring 2016 semester. These interns will work closely with the current faculty and student staff to learn about the operations of the SSRMC. Successful interns will be offered the chance to apply for paid positions in the Fall 2016 semester. Brief descriptions of the positions are below. Please visit the Tribe Careers site for more information. Applications are due by January 22nd. Please direct questions to Professor Jaime Settle ( or Professor Marcus Holmes (


Student Director: Responsible for supervising daily Social Science Research Methods Center operations. Works closely with Professors Settle and Holmes, student members of the SSRMC, faculty members of the SSRMC, and members of the administration to ensure the SSRMC runs smoothly. Creates and updates the goal sheets, coordinates various deadlines and schedules, and contacts different facets of the administration to effectively organize operations. Performs tasks given by the faculty directors of the SSRMC. (Tribe Careers position #19084)

Omnibus Project Director: Work with researchers to implement lab and survey-based political science and international relations research. This includes working with researchers to develop effective survey designs, programming the survey instrument in the W&M Qualtrics surveying platform, managing in-person lab scheduling and operations, and managing back-end processes. (Tribe Careers position #19085)

Science Writer: Generate and disseminate information about the SSRMC to the broader public. Work closely with Professors Settle and Holmes, student members of the SSRMC, faculty members of the SSRMC, and other members of the University community to solicit story ideas and write content for the SSRMC. Science writers will write both short and long-form content, both in online and traditional media formats. (Tribe Careers position #19083)

Web Developer: Responsible for maintaining websites and providing technical support to members of the SSRMC community. The web developer will work closely with Professors Settle and Holmes, student members of the SSRMC, faculty members of the SSRMC, and other affiliates of the SSRMC to ensure that the website accurately reflects developments, such as speaking events and research updates. (Tribe Careers position #19082)

SNaPP Lab Seeking Research Assistant

Applications Deadline, 1/22/16

Are you interested in political behavior, the study of why people think, act, and feel the way they do about politics? Would you like to be involved in collaborative research with other students, working directly with a professor? Applications to become a research assistant on the Lab Experiments Team in the Social Networks and Political Psychology (SNaPP) Lab are now being accepted.

For more information on the SNaPP Lab, please visit our website.

Applications should be submitted through the Tribe Careers site. Search for “SNaPP Lab Research Assistant,” position #19610.

The deadline to apply is Friday, January 22nd at 5:00 p.m. Please contact Professor Jaime Settle at with any questions.

Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics paper submissions

The Editorial Board of the Pi Sigma Alpha undergraduate journal, the national political science honors society, is calling on undergraduate students to submit original research to the journal. Students are encouraged to submit research from honors theses, independent research projects, senior seminars, or methods courses. Submissions should be less than 35 double spaced pages in length. Successful submissions have a well-developed thesis, compelling arguments, and original analysis.Submission deadlines are October 1st for the fall issue of the journal, and February 1st for the spring issue.Submissions should be sent to:

Princeton’s Emerging Scholars Program Application Deadline

The Princeton Emerging Scholars in Political Science program is designed to increase the participation of students from underrepresented groups in Ph.D. programs in political science.

The ESPS program provides students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree the opportunity to explore their research interests and prepare for graduate school through intensive research, coursework, and mentoring. The ESPS program strongly encourages applicants from historically underrepresented groups, including but not limited to:

  • Black/African American
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

The application deadline is October 31, 2015.  It is anticipated that the first group of ESPS participants will begin the program in early 2016.

For more information about the Emerging Scholar Program or to apply, visit this link.