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Campus-Based Fellowships & Research Assistantships

As part of Washington University in St. Louis, Brown School students have access to a variety of campus-based fellowships and research assistantships.

Across campus, Brown School students are sought after for fellowships in Residential Life, Student Involvement, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Gephardt Institute for Civic & Community Engagement, and so on. 

In addition, some Brown School faculty will hire student research assistants in the spring (others will wait until the late-summer and early-fall to offer these positions). Brown School Research Assistantships will be posted here as well.

Current Openings:

First Year Center - Graduate Fellow

The Graduate Fellow supports initiatives to assist the university community in orientation, transition and retention of new students and family members. In addition to assisting in the coordination of events, ranging in size from 12 to 5,000 participants, this position supports resource development and management for parents and family members. This position will have direct contact with the staff and student leaders in the First Year Center. Desired start date is August 2, 2021. Priority deadline for applications is May 12, 2021, but applications will also be accepted on rolling basis following that date if the position is not filled. Full Job Description & Application Process. 

Race and Opportunity Lab -  Research Assistant

Led by Principal Investigator Dr. Sean Joe, Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development, the Race and Opportunity Lab examines race in science, opportunity, and social mobility with an emphasis on informing policies, interventions and intra-professional practice to improve place-based capacity to reduce inequality in adolescents' healthy transition to adulthood. The lab includes doctoral and master’s level students. The first phase of work focuses on studies that establish baseline measures of regional capacity to ensure the upward mobility of Black boys and young men ages 12-29 in the St. Louis region. Full Job Description & Application Process.

Race and Opportunity Lab - ECOLOGICAL MOMENTARY SUICIDE STUDy, ResearcH Assistant

The goal of the Real-time Assessments of Suicidality among Black Men study is to extend current knowledge of the feasibility and applicability of real-time factors influencing suicidality among this population. The project will integrate ecological momentary assessment (EMA) and qualitative research to advance the ability to better detect suicidal behavior risk. The research is led by Dr. Sean Joe, Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development, and the assistant will have the opportunity to engage in the research process for a multisite pilot project. Full Job Description & Application Process.

Homegrown STL - Preferred provider Network Coordinator

The coordinator will be responsible for supporting a collaborative group of cross-sector preferred service providers, committed to providing comprehensive and rapid responses to Black boys and young men across the St. Louis region. The coordinator will work with an R01 study team on data management and analysis, training and engagement activities, resource and material development, and more. Full Job Description & Application Process.


The HomeGrown StL Healing Policy Initiative contributes to the broader work of HomeGrown by identifying and addressing gaps in policy that reduce Black males’ accessibility to services that contribute to personal safety and well-being. The coordinator will assist with data collection, stakeholder communication, planning and managing meetings and events, among other duties.  Full Job Description & Application Process


The Brown School's Health Communication Research Laboratory (HCRL) has available research assistant positions for a multi-year COVID-19 health messaging project. As part of a community engagement initiative of the NIH to support underserved and vulnerable populations disproportionally impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the project partners with 2-1-1 helplines across the United States to identify ways to better communicate with individuals about COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. The HCRL is led by Director, Dr. Matthew Kreuter, and Co-Directors, Dr. Charlene Caburnay and Dr. Amy McQueen. Mentorship and opportunities to contribute to health communication research and program development are provided by faculty and staff. This position is open to Brown School students in all programs. Full Job Description & Application Process


The Health Communication Research Laboratory (HCRL) has available research assistant positions in the HCRL Call Center to support data collection for multi-year research projects.  These projects include health topics such as smoking cessation, diabetes, and smoke-free home policies. Graduate students at the Brown School pursuing an MPH/joint degree and interested in health communication research are encouraged to apply. The HCRL is led by Director, Dr. Matthew Kreuter, and Co-Directors, Dr. Charlene Caburnay and Dr. Amy McQueen. Mentorship and opportunities to contribute to health communication research and program development are provided by faculty and staff. Full Job Description & Application Process

Career Services Office Assistant

The Career Services Office Assistant will be responsible for supporting administrative duties in the Office of Career Services, helping with the maintenance and functioning of the Symplicity database for Brown School students and interested employers. The assistant posts employment opportunities for employers on the database to be accessible to Brown School students, and routinely updates employer profiles and contact information. In addition,  they will monitor the Career Services email as the primary point of contact for internal and external communities. Occasional special projects may be assigned.  Full Job Description and Application Process.

While we will share many positions throughout the spring and summer, we know that the list of fellowships and assistantships we promote is not comprehensive. WashU is a large research institution with many opportunities for graduate students. We encourage you to follow along as we share opportunities, but also explore other opportunities that may be a good fit for you and your practice and research interests.