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Summer Undergraduate Field Research Assistant Program

The Summer Undergraduate Field Research Assistant Program offers opportunities for fieldwork experience to Stanford undergraduates interested in global poverty and development across disciplines. Selected students spend up to 12 weeks in a low- or middle-income country conducting full-time research for a Stanford faculty member or affiliate. Each research assistant receives a stipend to cover travel and living expenses. These field research opportunities are a full-time commitment, i.e., at least 35 hours per week. An orientation session on conducting research in developing countries and compliance with Stanford University policies is required. Research assistants may have the opportunity to discuss their work at an event organized by the King Center. Each year, new opportunities are offered with varied scopes of research in many different countries.

View summer 2020 field research opportunities!   

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

We are no longer accepting applications for summer 2020 field research opportunities.  Summer 2021 opportunities will be available beginning fall quarter 2020. 

Previous opportunities

The summer 2019 opportunities included research projects on work ranging from the impact of technology on entrepreneurship; the socioeconomic impacts of urbanization; and improving sustainability of water, sanitation, and hygiene services in rural healthcare facilities; to how moderization affects business performance of small scale retailers. The locations included Brazil, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Rwanda, Thailand and Uganda. Some of these opportunities were 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 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 were 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.