Research Assistance Fellows Program

Call for Applications: Tobias Center Research Assistance Fellows Program

The Randall L. and Deborah F. Tobias Center for Innovation in International Development is pleased to announce the inaugural call for applications for its Research Assistance Fellows Program. Faculty (tenure and non-tenure track) may apply for funding to employ an undergraduate research assistant for up to 10 hours per week for the Spring 2019 semester. Students enrolled in SGIS-granted BA/MA programs are also eligible for RA positions, regardless of their official status as undergraduate or graduate students.

Program Details

  • Program begins January 7, 2019
  • RAs may be undergraduate students enrolled in any degree throughout the IU Bloomington campus or students enrolled in an SGIS-granted BA/MA program.
  • RAs receive $15/hour for up to 10 hours of research support a week
  • RAs participate in a series of three professional development trainings
  • Research teams share their progress at a Fellows Program colloquium in April

Faculty Requirements

  • Provide research assistant with 5-10 hours of work per week on research project related to the major themes of the Center: measuring development; international investment and development; climate change, development, and the environment; and global public health and development
    • Set weekly goals/deliverables for your RA
    • Meet face-to-face at least bi-weekly and maintain communication with your RA
  • In collaboration with the RA, present a research status report at a meeting of Tobias Center Research Assistant Fellows in April 2019
  • Work with Tobias Center personnel on paperwork related to payment of RA

Application Procedures

Faculty seeking funds should submit their application to by November 9, 2018. Applicants should specify that they are applying to the Research Assistants Fellows Program. Applications must also include:

  • A research proposal of no more than 1,000 words, briefly describing the project’s content, scholarly significance, and contribution to the Tobias Center’s mission
  • A short (no more than one page) description of the research tasks the investigator anticipates hiring the RA to complete, along with a plan for providing the RA with relevant training to complete these tasks.
  • The faculty member’s C.V.
  • A statement of interest (no longer than one page, single-spaced) from the undergraduate student the faculty would like to hire, along with the student’s resume.

Award Criteria

The Tobias Center will decide awards based on the relevance of the research to the Tobias Center’s mission and the pedagogical value of the RA’s proposed research tasks. Applications will be reviewed by a three-person committee composed of Members of the Tobias Center Steering Committee.

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