The Undergraduate Research Assistantship Program is the Center's initiative to internationalize undergraduate education at Harvard. It gives students the chance to work with CES resident faculty members and visiting fellows on a project related to Europe.
Students who have participated in this valuable program in the past have researched topics such as Policy Choices and Preferences of the New EU Member States: the Cases of Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic and Hitler’s Regiment in World War I, and Ideas and Institutions in the Field of Healthcare.
Many recipients of the assistantships have continued their work through the summer. Assistantships involve meaningful research and usually require between 5-10 hours per week. The hourly rate is $13.50.
Please note that only currently enrolled undergraduate students are eligible and must reside on campus when work is conducted.
Interested in a position with a focus primarily on history? The History Department at Harvard offers research and employment opportunities for undergraduate students focusing on political science and economics within the realm of history.
All currently enrolled undergraduate students of Harvard College are eligible to apply.
Your eligibility status for work-study is not a selection factor.
Visiting Fellow Seeks Research Assistant - Immigrant Social Protection in Comparative Perspective
The project “Immigrant Social Protection in Comparative Perspective” uses a mixed methods approach to investigate several hypotheses on the relationships between immigration, the welfare state and immigrant welfare rights. At the heart of the project is a newly compiled original dataset which allows to comparatively assess immigrant welfare rights for 28 years, covering the time period from 1980-2018. The sample includes not only welfare states in Western Europe and North America, but also a number of countries in Eastern Europe, Asia and Latin America.
The prospective student assistant could work on one or all of the following three tasks, depending on skill set and interest:
- Literature research on civil society’s role in the expansion of immigrant welfare rights in Latin American countries, notably Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina. Knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese needed
- Research on regional variation in immigrant access to welfare benefits, in the U.S. and possibly also other countries
- Descriptive data analyses and visualization of data
Visiting Fellow Seeks Research Assistant - Insuring Capitalism: The Political Economy of the Private Insurance Industry
The private insurance industry, and the life insurance industry in particular, is a central institution of capital accumulation within a country’s financial sector. Not only has insurers’ risk coverage accompanied capitalist activities since the rise of capitalism, but insurance assets have also been an important driver of the concentration of patient capital available for investments in industry, housing, infrastructure, and government debt. OECD countries have historically developed different levels, institutional forms, and regulations of the private insurance sector since the late 19th century. This historical-comparative project inquires into the causes and consequences of countries’ different trajectories in the private insurance sector, with a particular focus on life insurance. It combines historical case studies with quantitative analyses of long-term developments. The project complements existing research in historical and financial sociology that has focused much more on banks or states as financial actors and enriches welfare state research with its strong focus on public insurance.
Description of tasks
The research assistant would assist in expanding a database that collects data on all assets held by pension funds and insurers in OECD countries since late 19th century up to the current day. A familiarity with data work and knowledge of many OECD languages would be an advantage. R-skills would be a plus. Working times and hours are flexible. The job would allow students to gain skills in historical data collection and introduce them to the historical sociology of finance.
How to Apply
Applicants for the Research Assistantships should submit the following:
- A current CV (including current and past research positions beneficial to know)
- A one-page CL explaining interest in the specific position, outlining any relevant qualifications and experience, and list availability
Completed applications should be in one finished document (Word or PDF format).