Undergraduate Research Assistants to Faculty Associates and Harvard Academy Scholars

For Harvard undergraduates only.

The Weatherhead Center invites Harvard College undergraduates to apply for positions as research assistants to Weatherhead Center Faculty Associates and Harvard Academy Scholars. The Faculty Associates hail from a variety of disciplines, but all have research interests relating to international affairs. Harvard Academy Scholars are a small group of postdoctoral scholars whose work combines excellence in the social sciences with an in-depth grounding in countries outside of the United States or Canada. The Center may hold workshops run by graduate students to teach undergraduate research assistant candidates specific skills such as Excel, SSCI, LexisNexis, JSTOR, Stata, PowerPoint, OmniPage Pro, HeinOnline, EndNote, and WordStat, among others.

Financial Compensation

Undergraduate research assistants earn $16.00 per hour for up to ten hours per week while classes are in session; their salary is cost-shared with the participating faculty member or with The Harvard Academy.

Who Is Eligible

Harvard College undergraduates who have an interest in international affairs are encouraged to apply. Preference will usually be given to candidates with some prior experience with either research assistance or research methods.


Undergraduate research assistants can expect to spend approximately four to ten hours per week assisting a Faculty Associate or Academy Scholar. Research assistance may include some of the following: quantitative and qualitative data research; entering data into spreadsheets; data and spreadsheet management; finding source materials at Harvard libraries; finding and evaluating sources on the Internet; analyzing and summarizing research materials; compiling bibliographies; reference checking; and helping to proofread and edit written work.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit the following materials:

  • a brief cover letter stating their interest in becoming a research assistant;

  • a résumé, including academic accomplishments, previous research experience, and language skills;

  • a Harvard College transcript which may be a photocopy or grade print-out; and

  • one letter of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s academic accomplishments and promise. This letter should be submitted directly by the recommender to Ann Townes.

For More Information

Contact Ann Townes.


Applications will be accepted throughout the year, but the preferred deadlines are September 17 (fall semester) and February 4 (spring semester).

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