Internships & Opportunities

The PSTC offers various opportunities for involvment through:


Summer Internships for Undergraduate Students

In cooperation with the Leadership Alliance, the PSTC at Brown University participates in the Summer Research–Early Identification Program (SR-EIP). This 9-week program provides excellent students from underrepresented groups an opportunity to complete an internship in demography, working closely with faculty and graduate students on existing research projects. This may include organizing and analyzing survey and census data, preparing new surveys, and critically reviewing existing literature. It might also include working with qualitative data from interviews and other sources.

In addition to the internship, students receive a stipend, travel expenses, and lodging in a university dormitory.  Participants also attend the Leadership Alliance National Symposium, where they can apply to present research before faculty and peers.


Any undergraduate student meeting the following criteria may apply:

  • In good academic standing (GPA ≥ 3.0)
  • Has completed at least two semesters of undergraduate education
  • Has at least one semester remaining of undergraduate education
  • Interested in pursuing graduate study
  • Documented U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status

Please note that the internship program is principally designed for students from traditionally underrepresented and underserved groups. It is not designed for students pursuing non-academic careers in law, business administration, clinical medicine, clinical psychology, or the allied health professions.

Applications should be sent through the Leadership Alliance. To learn more about the program and life in Providence, RI, please visit the following links:


Related Studies at Brown

Graduate Program in Development

The Graduate Program in Development (GPD) is an interdisciplinary initiative sponsored by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies and supported by an IGERT (Integrated Graduate Education Research and Training) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). GPD seeks to promote social science research on processes of social, political, and economic transformation in the developing world with a special focus on the persistent problem of inequality. Inequalities of well-being and opportunity represent the most difficult and persistent obstacles to promoting equitable, democratic, and sustainable development. As the problems of development and inequality become ever more complex and global, GPD aims to provide graduate students with the interdisciplinary skills necessary for innovative research.

The program supports training and research for Ph.D. candidates in Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, and Sociology by offering specialized courses, funding field-based research, providing fellowships, hosting visiting faculty, and promoting collaborative research initiatives with partner institutions in the global south. The program builds on a core group of faculty internationally renowned for their research and scholarship in the area of development and inequality.

Program activities are open to all Ph.D. students at Brown. In addition to hosting trainees supported by their department, the GPD program admits four to eight fellows a year who receive full support for two years. All trainees and fellows are eligible for summer fieldwork research grants.

The program is co-directed by Barbara Stallings and PSTC Associate Patrick Heller. Many other PSTC associates (such as Andrew Foster, Daniel Smith, and Leah VanWey) teach in this program, and several PSTC trainees are also simultaneously participating in the GPD. For more information on admission and funding, visit the GPD web site.

Job Opportunities at the PSTC 

Research Analyst and Programmer Position

The Population Studies and Training Center (PSTC) at Brown University seeks a research analyst and programmer to enhance the quality and efficiency of quantitative research in the population sciences.  Position provides high quality data management and statistical support to PSTC’s faculty and graduate students.  This is a grant funded, 50 percent time position.  Successful candidate may be able to increase time above 50 percent through collaborative externally funded projects with PSTC Associates. Learn more and apply.

Applications now being accepted for a postdoctoral position in spatial analysis

Brown University announces a likely opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate that may be of interest to social demographers and human geographers. The starting date is flexible, but could be as early as June 1, 2015. The initial appointment will be for a one-year term that may be renewed for a second year. Candidates with a Ph.D. in hand are preferred, but those near completion of their dissertation may be considered. 

The Research Associate will participate in a variety of research projects supported by external grants and directed by Dr. John Logan through the Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4) research initiative. These studies examine the residential and labor market incorporation of immigrants and minorities in U.S. cities at the end of the 19th century and early 20th century making use of 100% population microdata. The projects have a major geographical component that includes drawing historically accurate GIS street maps of major cities, identifying enumeration district boundaries, and geocoding individual addresses. Projects include: 1) examination of Bayesian models to improve small area estimation; 2) identification of neighborhoods based on race, ethnicity, and class composition; 3) studies of neighborhood change and segregation trends over time; and 4) analyses of individuals’ recruitment into specific locations. The position requires familiarity with GIS and spatial analysis methods and experience working with census data and similar large-scale datasets.

The Research Associate will be affiliated with the Population Studies and Training Center ( and will have access to the considerable PSTC research infrastructure. Salary will be based on current NIH guidelines that depend on the experience/credentials of the appointee and will include health benefits. Applications will be considered beginning January 1, 2015, and new applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Screening of applications will begin January 6, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled. (For full consideration please submit materials by January 20, 2015.) 

To apply, please go to On-line applications need to include: a) cover letter describing expertise related to the position; b) curriculum vitae; c) relevant manuscripts; and d) names and addresses of three references who can be asked to write on behalf of the applicant.

*Brown University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

Applications now being accepted for a postdoctoral position in Population Studies

The PSTC is currently accepting applications for a postdoctoral reaseach associate position in Population Studies. Applications should be submitted by January 31, 2015, for full consideration. 

Position Description: Research at the PSTC is innovative and interdisciplinary ( It is distinguished by its commitment to collaboration across disciplinary and institutional boundaries as well as its strong portfolio of research in developing country settings. The scope of PSTC research encompasses traditional topics of interest to demographers, such as fertility, mortality, and migration, as well as a much broader range of issues, including environmental change, social determinants of health, gender, family structure, residential segregation, and the consequences of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Opportunities also exist to build on connections the PSTC has with other interdisciplinary units at Brown, such as the Watson Institute for International Studies, the Environmental Change Initiative, the Global Health Initiative, the National Children’s Study, and more. Potential applicants are encouraged to consult the PSTC website to learn of research activities, intra-institutional links, and faculty associate interests.

 As part of a research unit with a strong culture of collaboration, postdoctoral fellows are expected to spend about half of their time working independently and about half of their time working together with one or more mentors from among our faculty research associates.  In addition, postdoctoral fellows are expected to regularly attend the weekly PSTC colloquia, present to the colloquia during the second year of their postdoctoral appointment, present research at the Population Association of America (PAA) annual meetings, and submit one or more articles for publication.

Qualifications: Postdocs must have a Ph.D. in anthropology, economics, sociology, demography, or a related social science discipline.

Application Instructions: Applicants should go online to and provide an up-to-date CV, examples of written work, and a cover letter with the following information: research interests and plans, one or two anticipated faculty mentor(s), and future employment goals.

In addition, please have three letters of recommendation sent to:

Susan Silveira
Population Studies & Training Center
Box 1836, Brown University
68 Waterman Street
Providence RI 02912 

Or emailed to

Click here to read Postdoctoral Program Overview.

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