Internships & Opportunities

The PSTC offers various opportunities for involvment through:


Summer Internships for Undergraduate Students

In cooperation with the Leadership Alliance, the PSTC at Brown University participates in the Summer Research–Early Identification Program (SR-EIP). This 9-week program provides excellent students from underrepresented groups an opportunity to complete an internship in demography, working closely with faculty and graduate students on existing research projects. This may include organizing and analyzing survey and census data, preparing new surveys, and critically reviewing existing literature. It might also include working with qualitative data from interviews and other sources.

In addition to the internship, students receive a stipend, travel expenses, and lodging in a university dormitory.  Participants also attend the Leadership Alliance National Symposium, where they can apply to present research before faculty and peers.


Any undergraduate student meeting the following criteria may apply:

  • In good academic standing (GPA ≥ 3.0)
  • Has completed at least two semesters of undergraduate education
  • Has at least one semester remaining of undergraduate education
  • Interested in pursuing graduate study
  • Documented U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status

Please note that the internship program is principally designed for students from traditionally underrepresented and underserved groups. It is not designed for students pursuing non-academic careers in law, business administration, clinical medicine, clinical psychology, or the allied health professions.

Applications should be sent through the Leadership Alliance. To learn more about the program and life in Providence, RI, please visit the following links:


Related Studies at Brown

Graduate Program in Development

The Graduate Program in Development (GPD) is an interdisciplinary initiative sponsored by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies and supported by an IGERT (Integrated Graduate Education Research and Training) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). GPD seeks to promote social science research on processes of social, political, and economic transformation in the developing world with a special focus on the persistent problem of inequality. Inequalities of well-being and opportunity represent the most difficult and persistent obstacles to promoting equitable, democratic, and sustainable development. As the problems of development and inequality become ever more complex and global, GPD aims to provide graduate students with the interdisciplinary skills necessary for innovative research.

The program supports training and research for Ph.D. candidates in Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, and Sociology by offering specialized courses, funding field-based research, providing fellowships, hosting visiting faculty, and promoting collaborative research initiatives with partner institutions in the global south. The program builds on a core group of faculty internationally renowned for their research and scholarship in the area of development and inequality.

Program activities are open to all Ph.D. students at Brown. In addition to hosting trainees supported by their department, the GPD program admits four to eight fellows a year who receive full support for two years. All trainees and fellows are eligible for summer fieldwork research grants.

The program is co-directed by Barbara Stallings and PSTC Associate Patrick Heller. Many other PSTC associates (such as Andrew Foster, Daniel Smith, and Leah VanWey) teach in this program, and several PSTC trainees are also simultaneously participating in the GPD. For more information on admission and funding, visit the GPD web site.

Job Opportunities at the PSTC 

Short-term visiting African scholars

The PSTC is accepting applications until the end of July for positions for several short-term visiting African scholars during the 2014-15 academic year. Positions are competitive and open to scholars working on population issues from any disciplinary perspective (e.g., Anthropology, Economics, Education, Geography, Public Health, and Sociology). 

 Duration of residence at Brown is variable, depending on the proposed scope. Preference will be given to stays of one to three months. These are not salaried appointments, but costs of travel expenses, as well as costs of residency (meals and lodging), will be provided. Based on the number of appointments, modest funds for research-related expenses may be available. Support for the positions comes from the NICHD R24 Administrative Supplement.

The residency should be used to complete or advance a significant scholarly or research activity, such as the completion of an article, book, or research grant proposal, or the advancement of a collaborative research project with a PSTC faculty associate.   

Special note: these funds may be combined with Bureau of Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) support for economists based in Africa who are eligible and interested in attending one of BREAD's biannual conferences ( BREAD travel funds are administered through the PSTC by a grant from the Hewlett Foundation and can also be used to support visits to other U.S. institutions with faculty affiliates of BREAD. 

How to apply: 

 Applications may be submitted by PSTC faculty associates or their collaborator by July 31, 2014, via email to Ana Karina Wildman, PSTC assistant director, at Ana_Wildman@brown.eduApplicants should expect to hear back by August 8.

What to include:

  1. A one-page (single-spaced) statement proposing the scholarly objectives and outputs for the visit, the duration of the stay and desired time frame, and name(s) and title(s) of all collaborators, along with the visitor's CV;
  2.  If a collaborator is applying directly, a support statement from a PSTC faculty associate is required;
  3. A budget for the entire visit;
  4. For BREAD funding, the application should note whether the individual is interested in attending a BREAD conference and, if so, demonstrate that he or she has the appropriate qualifications (holds a Ph.D. in Economics and is based in Africa). 

Please contact Ana Karina Wildman at with any questions or concerns.

Research Analyst and Programmer Position

The Population Studies and Training Center (PSTC) at Brown University seeks a research analyst and programmer to enhance the quality and efficiency of quantitative research in the population sciences.  Position provides high quality data management and statistical support to PSTC’s faculty and graduate students.  This is a grant funded, 50 percent time position.  Successful candidate may be able to increase time above 50 percent through collaborative externally funded projects with PSTC Associates. Learn more and apply.

Postdoctoral Positions at the Population Studies and Training Center, Brown University

The PSTC generally has at least two openings for one- or two-year postdoctoral positions per year.

Candidates for PSTC postdoctoral positions must have a Ph.D. in Anthropology, Demography, Economics, Sociology, or a related social science discipline.

One position is for a Postdoctoral Research Associate and the other is for an NICHD-Funded Postdoctoral Fellow. NICHD-Funded Postdoctoral Fellow candidates must be United States citizens, non-citizen nationals of the United States, or must have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residency at the time of application. 

Click here to read Postdoctoral Program Overview.

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