This year, the SNF Agora Institute is seeking graduate student fellows to work with faculty and research teams on the following projects. Please read the descriptions below carefully for the kind of skills, interests, and research capacities needed for each position.
The applications are now open and will remain open until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin on September 13, 2021. Given the timing of our call this year, we will work closely with students who advance in the application process and their departments to work out an appropriate situation for this year.
- Mapping the Modern Agora: In the Mapping the Modern Agora project we assemble large-scale data sets about civic organizations and use the tools of computational social science to understand civil society at a scale not previously possible. This project generates large volumes of diverse data and we now seek a team member to work with us to architect and manage systems to store and access that data. If you have computer and data skills and are interested in strengthening civic life then this project is for you. The core responsibilities of this position are to partner with our teams to design, implement, and manage databases and data loading processes for large-scale civic data. To succeed in this role you should be proficient in postresql databases and linux, interested in democracy and civic engagement, and excited to learn and do impactful work.
- Professor Consuelo Amat: Professor Amat is seeking a graduate student to partner with her in various research projects on nonviolent action, peacebuilding, political violence, and democratization. The student will also partner with Professor Amat in the creation and coordination of a research group on nonviolent action and peacebuilding, where graduate students, postdocs, and fellows will be invited to join a weekly meeting to discuss ideas and share feedback. The graduate student should have an interest in the study of nonviolent action and/or peacebuilding, Ph.D.-level training in social science research design, quantitative methods and ideally also in experimental methods. Training and experience scraping and analyzing social media data from Twitter and Facebook is a plus. Proficiency in Spanish and/or Arabic is highly desirable, as well as knowledge of one or more of the following countries: Nicaragua, Venezuela, Colombia, Chile, Bolivia, Tunisia, Sudan.