Fellowships & Employment


Fellowships & Employment

The Religion and Public Life Program is seeking undergraduate research fellows for work during the Spring 2021 term. This is an exciting opportunity for undergraduates to learn about and contribute to large-scale social scientific research related to religion, race, discrimination, and inequality. The start date for the position is the third week of the new term, Monday, February 8, 2021. The end date for the position is the last day of classes for the spring semester, Friday, April 30, 2021. All work will be performed remotely.

Fellows will work under the supervision of Dr. Elaine Howard Ecklund, Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences, Professor of Sociology, RPLP Director, and Rice Scholar (Baker Institute); as well as the Associate Director of Research for the RPLP, Laura Achenbaum.

Fellows will assist with data collection, analysis, and research administration related to several sociological projects, including those exploring the intersections of work and faith, the implications of the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism and what religious organizations are doing in response, religious discrimination in the workplace, and research on harassment and hate crimes that are religiously motivated. Fellows will contribute to and participate in weekly RPLP team meetings and RPLP events (all of which are planned to be conducted virtually during the spring term), where they will have an opportunity to engage with a wide variety of guests and scholars. Fellows will additionally transcribe and edit interview data, support article and book writing efforts, and engage in qualitative data analysis projects. Fellows will work for 10 hours each week. The starting pay rate for the position is $12 per hour.

If you are interested, please submit a statement of purpose (two paragraphs explaining why the candidate is interested in the position), a one-page writing sample, a resume, and an unofficial transcript to Research Project Manager Deidra Coleman (dcc@rice.edu), by Friday, December 11, 2020.