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Summer Undergraduate Field Research Assistant Program

Summer 2019 opportunities are now available! 

Students are welcome to apply to multiple opportunities, but must apply to each field research project separately via the Stanford Off-Campus Learning Opportunities (SOLO) website at

The Summer Undergraduate Field Research Assistant Program offers opportunities for fieldwork experience to Stanford undergraduates interested in global poverty and development. Selected students spend up to 12 weeks in a low- or middle-income country conducting research for a Stanford faculty member or affiliate. Each research assistant receives a stipend to cover travel and living expenses. The time commitment varies by opportunity.  An orientation session on conducting research in developing countries and compliance with Stanford University policies is required. Research assistants will have the opportunity to discuss their work at an event organized by the Center. Each year, new opportunities are offered with varied scopes of research in many different countries.

The Summer 2018 opportunities included research projects spanning India, Indonesia, Senegal, and Cote d'Ivoire and dealt with subjects ranging from blasphemy laws and political elections to medical care and artisanal traditions.  Some of these opportunities are part of Stanford's Cardinal Quarter initiative that supports students to pursue full-time, quarter-long public service opportunities locally, nationally, and across the globe. 

The Summer 2017 research assistants evaluated the effect of secondary school scholarships on life outcomes in Ghana, conducted exploratory interviews with households and business in Côte d’Ivoire for a study on the impacts of urbanization, and gathered recently declassified data to examine when civil disobedience movements succeed in India.

This program is open only to current Stanford undergraduates who are enrolled for both the preceding spring quarter and the following fall quarter.