The Stanford King Center on Global Development offers undergraduate students interested in global poverty and development the opportunity to work on faculty-led projects and gain fieldwork experience through the Summer Undergraduate Field Research Assistant Program. 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 minimum time commitment is 9 weeks, and the maximum is 12 weeks. Stipends will be pro-rated depending on the total time commitment. Research assistants may have the opportunity to discuss their work at an event organized by the Stanford King Center on Global Development.
There is a persistent gender gap in political participation and representation in India despite decades of targeted policy interventions. Even after de jure enfranchisement, the barriers to women’s political participation and representation seem insurmountable, particularly in places where gender-biased social norms persist. The goal of this research project is to evaluate how the provision of political information via gender-oriented civics education affects women’s political representation. Through a gender-oriented civics training implemented by the NGO Pradan, women will receive information about the political system and their rights and entitlements within this system and will be directly exposed to existing political institutions, with the aim of reducing informational barriers to political participation. This program was launched as part of a randomized control trial in 2019 across more than 200 villages in rural Madhya Pradesh, India.
The undergraduate researcher(s) will participate in the continued implementation and assessment of the intervention at a local level and to support in the collection of further quantitative and qualitative data. Additionally, based on the learnings from immersive qualitative field research, the student researcher(s) will help to pilot additional small-scale interventions aimed at identifying additional constraints to women’s political participation and representation. Finally, the project also entails collecting data on and conducting interviews with local elected officials.
Local Community Partner: Pradan
Faculty supervisors: Professor Soledad Prillaman, Department of Political Science
Dates: Dates are flexible, likely July-August 2020; 9 weeks minimum and 12 weeks maximum
Location(s) (City/Country): Bhopal, India
The Stanford King Center on Global Development will cover:
- Round-trip, economy class airfare (based on fares to and from San Francisco)
- In-country accommodation
- A nominal stipend, sufficient to cover food and basic living costs including in-country transportation necessary for research
- Students receiving financial aid will have supplementary money added to the stipend depending on the level of aid.
Students are financially responsible for:
- pre-departure immunizations
- travel medicine consultation
- health insurance
- visa costs
- all other incidental expenses including personal travel
- Collect quantitative and qualitative data
- Pilot additional small-scale interventions aimed at identifying additional constraints to women’s political participation and representation
- Collect data on and conduct interviews with local elected officials
- Stanford undergraduates in good academic standing are eligible to apply.
- All majors are welcome.
- Students must be currently enrolled at Stanford as well as spring and fall quarters of 2020.
- All research assistants are required to work at least 35 hours per week for a minimum of 9 consecutive weeks in the field.
- Prior exposure to developing country settings preferred but not required
- Must have good interpersonal skills and an ability to adapt well to cross-cultural contexts
- Per Stanford International Travel Policy, this opportunity is conditional on the security level in the country remaining at level 1 or 2. See the U.S. Department of State for more information.
- International students must check with the Bechtel International Center regarding whether their immigration status will allow them to travel over the summer.
- Students will be required to attend or complete in spring quarter:
- An Office of International Affairs (OIA) international travel preparation course on Canvas;
- A Stanford King Center on Global Development orientation session;
- A field research information session; and
- A Vaden Travel Health information session and/or a travel clinic appointment.
- Please note that these will be held in spring quarter and are mandatory.
- This opportunity is made possible by VPUE funding. Please see VPUE guidelines here for details.
Along with the application, applicants are asked to submit a c.v. and an official Stanford transcript. Additionally, applicants should submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or other individual familiar with the applicant’s academic performance and work ethic. Your letter writer may submit a letter at any time once you have entered their name in the SOLO application. Out of courtesy to the letter writer, please do not wait to add their name until you are ready to submit your application; add their name as soon as you know you will be applying and have requested a letter from them. The deadline for the letter of recommendation is the same deadline as the application.
After the application deadline of Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 11:59pm, completed applications will be reviewed by a committee and finalists will be invited for an in-person interview with the faculty member(s) who will be managing the selection process.
Candidates will be selected based on overall fit with the program, especially enthusiasm for the research focus, and the ability to work both on a team and independently.