Opportunities for Students

Undergraduate Research Assistants for Scholars and Fellows of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs


The Weatherhead Scholars Program (WSP) accepts applications from Harvard College students for positions as paid research assistants to the Scholars and Fellows.. This year the WSP is working in partnership with the International Relations on Campus student organization to identify research assistant candidates.

Who is eligible?

Harvard sophomores, juniors, and seniors.


Accepted students may spend 5-10 hours per week assisting a Scholar or Fellow with various tasks such as conducting library and online research, summarizing and analyzing research materials, and proofreading and editing written work. The Center will, whenever possible, match the academic goals and interests of each student.

Each Undergraduate Research Assistant will be assigned to a specific Scholar or Fellow to facilitate his or her research by:

  • Alerting Fellows and Scholars to intellectual opportunities in the Harvard environment;
  • Finding appropriate source materials held by the Harvard College Library;
  • Analyzing and summarizing research materials;
  • Compiling bibliographies; and
  • Proofreading and editing written work.

To apply, please fill out the application form, and be prepared to upload the following materials:
  • A resumé, including your academic accomplishments, previous research experience, and language skills;
  • An unofficial Harvard College transcript.

Financial Compensation

Students are expected to spend 5-10 hours per week assisting their Scholar or Fellow. Students are paid at an hourly rate of $17/hour.


Applications are accepted at the start of the semester, preferably no later than October 1. There will also be another opportunity to apply at the start of the spring term. 

Erin Goodman, Director, Weatherhead Scholars Program 
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs 
61 Kirkland Street 
Cambridge, MA 02138 



As of 8/8/2022
  • Doo Won Choi. Potential tasks: Research on world state, international relations, political science, and government. 
  • Sasha de Vogel. Potential tasks: cleaning and analyzing data about complaints submitted to the presidential administration in Russia. Skills: Russian, experience with data management (ex. advanced excel skills) and interest in Russian politics.
  • Juan José García Sánchez. Potential tasks: Bibliography/literature research; research and analysis of international trade statistics, legislation research.
  • Kenneth Fann. Topic: People's Republic of China's global expansion in relation to US National Defense. Preference to ROTC cadet.
  • Alex Godoy-Faúndez. Research on climate negotiations. Skills: 1) research assistant with a mathematical, physics, economics or engineering background with/without optimization models experience; 2) research assistant interested in climate change negotiations from social, humanities or applied sciences.
  • Daniel Karell. Research on how online speech and activity affects offline socio-political dysfunction, such as political unrest in the United States and ethnic violence in India. Potential tasks: organize large datasets (using statistical software such as R and Python) and/or help identify and summarize relevant published scholarship.
  • David Leblang. Researching connections between climate change, food insecurity, and human mobility. Skills: CIS.
  • Katya Maslakowski. Potential tasks: reviewing primary sources for material relevant to my project. 
  • Aurelio Nuño. Research on comparative politics of education. Potential tasks: gathering data to build an index of the balance of power between governments and teachers’ unions in twenty democracies around the world. Additional skills: Spanish language.
  • Tolu Ogunlesi. Potential tasks: Researching and analyzing various national policies and legislations targeted at regulating digital platforms.
  • Hendrik Ohnesorge. Potential tasks: (bibliographic) research and data analysis on soft power, cultural diplomacy, and charismatic leadership, with a special focus on German-American relations.
  • Luca Maria Pesando. Potential tasks: build a dataset of Google searches on topics related to child maltreatment. 
  • María de los Ángeles Picone. Historical mapping project pertaining to Patagonia. Potential tasks: scanning books; transcriptions, citations checking; digital work such as data visializations and mapmaking, depending on student’s skills. Additional skills: Spanish language a plus.
  • Minh Trinh. Potential tasks: literature review/survey of Chinese and/or Vietnamese news media on topics related to government data misreporting.