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Masters Research Fellowships

Applicants who have submitted a completed application to the Brown School have the opportunity to apply for a Masters Research Fellowship.

Brown School Masters Research Fellowships (MRFs) are highly competitive appointments. These fellowships are valued at approximately $5,000 per academic year, and guarantee you a position working directly with our prominent research centers and distinguished faculty members to provide a rich hands-on learning experience.

An MRF position provides paid employment, at the rate of $12 per hour for an average of 10 hours per week, as well as coverage of the mandatory annual student health and wellness fee of $475.

Students are encouraged to apply for any and all opportunities that are well matched to their interests. There are a variety of fellowship opportunities available across a wide breadth of fields and topics related to social work and public health. If applying to more than one MRF opportunity, you will be asked to rank your preference.

See the fellowship overviews and detailed listings below.

Application Process

Complete the MRF Application online and upload the following required materials:

  • Current résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Statement(s) of interest

The MRF application will open on December 17, 2018. All applications must be received by February 15, 2019, and award notifications will begin in mid-March.



Fall 2019 Opportunities

The following MRF opportunities are available to applicants intending to begin graduate school in Fall 2019. For more information about each, see detailed listings below.

Aging
Sponsored by Nancy Morrow-Howell and the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health; intended for students with an interest in aging and in exploring issues relevant for older adults and aging societies.

Child Maltreatment and Child Welfare Research
Sponsored by Melissa Jonson-Reid and the Center for Innovation in Child Maltreatment Research Policy and Training; intended for students with an interest in issues related to child maltreatment and/or child welfare research.

Civic and Community Engagement
Sponsored by the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement; intended for students with interest in applied research, assessment, and evaluation.

Dissemination and Implementation of Chronic Disease Control in Local Public Health
Sponsored by Ross Brownson and the Prevention Research Center in St. Louis (PRC); intended for students with an interest in chronic disease prevention.

Diversity and Inclusive Excellence
Sponsored by Tonya Edmond, Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion & Equity; intended for students with an interest in social justice, diversity and inclusive excellence.

Global Health and Nutrition
Sponsored by Professor Lora Iannotti; intended for students with an interest in examining the poverty- and infection disease-related determinants of young child nutrition.

Global Mental Health
Sponsored by Dr. Fred Ssewamala and Dean Mary McKay; intended for students with an interest in global mental health research.

Health Communication
Sponsored by Matthew W. Kreuter and the Health Communication Research Laboratory (HCRL); intended for students pursuing an MPH and/or MPH joint degree and interested in health communication research.

Health Policy
Sponsored by Timothy McBride, PhD and the Institute for Public Health; intended for students with an interest in health policy questions, especially focused on health reform, health insurance, payment policies, rural health and health economies.

International Social Development
Sponsored by Dr. Fred Ssewamala; intended for students with an interest in international social development research.

Obesity Prevention Research
Sponsored by Rachel Tabak and the Center for Obesity Prevention and Policy Research (COPPR); intended for students with an interest in improving the health of underserved populations.

Physical Activity and Built Environment
Sponsored by Deborah Salvo and the Prevention Research Center in St. Louis (PRC); intended for students with an interest in chronic disease prevention and national physical activity policy.

Policy Research
Sponsored by Dean Mary McKay and the Maxine Clark and Bob Fox Policy Institute; intended for students with an interest in policy and policy-related research.

Population Health Equity in Diabetes and Obesity Research
Sponsored by Debra Haire Joshu and the Center for Diabetes Translation Research; intended for students with an interest in population health, obesity, diabetes, and health equity.

Prevention Research: Chronic Disease Prevention
Sponsored by Ross Brownson and the Prevention Research Center in St. Louis (PRC); intended for students with an interest in chronic disease prevention, reduction of obesity disparities and promotion of health equity.

Prevention Research: Evidence-Based Tobacco Control Programs
Sponsored by Sarah Moreland-Russell and the Prevention Research Center in St. Louis (PRC); intended for students with an interest in evidence-based tobacco control programs.

Refugee and Global Protection and Wellbeing
Sponsored by Lindsay Stark, DrPH, Associate Professor of Public Health and Social Work; intended for students with an interest in research and evaluation (quantitative, qualitative of both) and excellent writing skills.

Social Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship
Sponsored by Heather Cameron; intended for students with an interest in social innovation ecosystems.

Trauma Treatment
Sponsored by Tonya Edmond and the Center for Violence & Injury Prevention; intended for students with an interest in sexual assault, effective treatments for trauma, and implementation research in rape crisis centers.


Masters Research Fellowship Position Details

Aging

The Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health is offering a two-year fellowship to an incoming graduate student at the Brown School. Applicants do not need to have prior experience in aging, but must have an interest in exploring issues relevant for older adults and aging societies.

The Masters Research Fellow in Aging will receive faculty mentorship from Nancy Morrow-Howell, Bettie Bofinger Brown Distinguished Professor of Social Policy, as well as opportunities to contribute to research, project development, education and communications. The fellowship will also serve as an introduction to aging services in the St. Louis region.

For additional information about the Harvey A. Friedman Center, please visit publichealth.wustl.edu/aging.

Skills and Qualifications:

Interested applicants should have strong verbal, written and organizational skills, as well as an interest in aging. Previous experience with research, event development, and programs for older adults is preferred, but not required. The fellow should be able to work at least 10 hours per week.

Responsibilities:

  • Assisting with center-supported pilot studies and other initiatives, including literature reviews, data collection, report writing, etc. (40%)
  • Coordinating planning and implementation of center seminars, annual lecture, and other events. (40%)
  • Assist with the development of grant proposals. (10%)
  • Carry out other special projects as needed. (10%)

Child Maltreatment and Child Welfare Research

The Center for Innovation in Child Maltreatment Research Policy and Training is offering three two-year fellowships to incoming graduate students at the Brown School with interests in issues related to child maltreatment and/or child welfare research.

The Masters Research Fellow in Child Maltreatment and Child Welfare Research will receive faculty mentorship from Melissa Jonson-Reid, Brett Drake, Patrick Fowler, or Trish Kohl on funded and unfunded projects related to the center.

Skills and Qualifications:

Interested applicants should have strong writing skills and capacity for literature review. Some data management or basic analysis experience is preferred. Applicants must be able to work in teams or independently with supervision and must be comfortable with interaction with community partners. Applicants should have a strong interest in child maltreatment prevention or intervention at the practice and/or policy levels.

Responsibilities:

  • Perform literature reviews
  • Assist with data cleaning and article development
  • Aid in project management
  • Assist with grant writing and research Assist with dissemination products for agencies as appropriate to project
  • Perform other tasks and special projects as needed

Civic and Community Engagement

The Masters Research Fellowship in Civic and Community Engagement will provide students the opportunity to serve on a collaborative research team that manages all research, assessment, and evaluation initiatives for the Institute. Through training and acquisition of civic and community engagement research skills, fellows will work individually and in groups on applied research projects that drive the ongoing development and implementation of Institute initiatives.

The Masters Research Fellow in Civic and Community Engagement will receive supervision from Jillian Martin, Assistant Director for Strategy and Evaluation, in consultation with the Gephardt Institute’s Executive Director.

For additional information about the Gephardt Institute, please visit gephardtinstitute.wustl.edu

Skills and Qualifications:

Interested applicants should have a combination of assessment, evaluation, and/or research experience in a non-profit, higher education, or related setting; ability to thrive in a flexible, collaborative environment; ability to work both independently and in teams; ability to work in both vision and details; practical experience in civic and community engagement is a bonus.

Responsibilities

  • Fellows will be involved in research and evaluation design, literature reviews, data analysis, and reporting.
  • Fellows will work with the Institute’s programmatic staff as consultants on program design and evaluation.
  • Fellows can also expect to assist with Institute-wide workshops and events, and collaborate with the Institute’s university and community partners.

Dissemination & Implementation of Chronic Disease Control in Local Public Health

Prevention Research Center (PRC) is offering a fellowship (two years, renewable year-to-year) to an incoming graduate student at the Brown School pursuing an MPH or MPH/MSW degree and who is interested in chronic disease prevention.

The Masters Research Fellow in Dissemination & Implementation of Chronic Disease Control in Local Public Health receives faculty mentorship from Professor Ross Brownson and opportunities to contribute to research, policy and project development, and communications.

The mission of the PRC is to prevent chronic diseases and to improve population health by adapting, implementing, evaluating, and disseminating evidence-based interventions. Major areas of research include dissemination and implementation of published research, international and national physical activity policy and environmental changes, and evidence-based decision making in public health.

For additional information about the PRC, please visit prcstl.wustl.edu.

Skills and Qualifications:

Interested applicants should have strong verbal, written, organizational, and research skills as well as a strong interest in research and policy development in one or more of the PRC’s areas of work. The student should be able to work an average of 10 hours per week.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist program manager and project team with day-to-day project management tasks
  • Help design and implement research studies
  • Conduct literature searches using computer-based health databases
  • Assist in data collection
  • Assist in qualitative and/or quantitative data analysis and data management
  • Provide writing and editorial assistance in preparation of grants, scientific manuscripts, and other reports
  • Prepare materials for presentations at meetings and conference
  • Perform other tasks and special project as needed

Diversity and Inclusive Excellence

Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Tonya Edmond is offering a fellowship to incoming graduate students at the Brown School with interest in social justice, diversity and inclusive excellence.

The Masters Research Fellow in Diversity & Inclusive Excellence will receive faculty mentorship and supervision from Dr. Tonya Edmond, and opportunities to engage in the development of programs and policies that support a diverse and inclusive campus.

Skills and Qualifications:

Interested applicants should have strong verbal, written, organizational, and academic research skills as well as a passionate commitment to social justice, diversity and inclusive excellence. Prior training and experience engaging in advocacy efforts or other anti-oppression work related to race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, class, ability, age, and/or religion. Comfort and competence working with diverse populations is required.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct literature reviews and internet searches; assist in writing proposals and reports
  • Perform general office administrative support (light data entry, photocopying, organizing, filing)
  • Assist with planning and coordinating meetings, workshops, trainings and conferences
  • Work with other Brown offices, students, staff and faculty as well as external organizations and groups
  • Assist with strategic planning and program evaluation
  • Assist with the Diversity Committee’s website and social media presence
  • Perform other tasks and special projects as needed

Global Health and Nutrition

Professor Lora Iannotti is offering a two-year fellowship to an incoming graduate student at the Brown School with an interest in examining the poverty- and infectious disease-related determinants of young child nutrition

The Masters Research Fellow in Global Health & Nutrition will receive faculty mentorship and opportunities to contribute to current international research focusing on Ecuador and Haiti. Professor Iannotti has expertise in the areas of infant and young child nutrition and micronutrient deficiencies affecting resource-poor populations. She is actively involved in developing the global health components of the MPH program at the Brown School and within Washington University’s Institute for Public Health.

Skills and Qualifications:

Interested applicants should have strong written, organizational, and research skills, in particular, quantitative capabilities. French or Spanish language skills preferred.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct literature reviews, assist with data management and analysis, and maintain reference and other data bases
  • Coordinate collaborating partners on various project activities, including investigators from the Brown School and Medical School, NGOs, funders, and UN agencies
  • Support IRB applications and reporting
  • Translate project documents
  • Assist with writing grant proposals, reports, and manuscripts
  • Perform other tasks and special projects as needed

Global Mental Health

Dr. Fred Ssewamala and Dean Mary McKay are offering two fellowship positions to incoming graduate students at the Brown School with interest in global mental health research.

The Master Research Fellows in Global Mental Health will work at SMART Africa Center (Strengthening Mental health And Research Training in Africa). The SMART Africa Center addresses African youth mental health by scaling family and community level evidence-based programs. The fellows will support a trans-disciplinary research consortium of academic, government, NGO, community and cultural stakeholders in Uganda, Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa. Fellows will assist with the development of research training, operational protocols, center reports, conference and other event organization, and provide administrative assistance on a variety of tasks.

To learn more about SMART Africa Center, visit https://sites.wustl.edu/smartafrica

Skills and Qualifications:

Interested applicants should have excellent organizational, communication, and research skills, along with a strong interest in global child and adolescent mental health.

Responsibilities:

  • Gather and share resources with implementing country teams (resources could include data collection tools, academic journals, manuals, among others)
  • Coordinate administrative needs of the project (this would include scheduling and preparing meeting agendas and notes)
  • Assist with planning and managing events related to the project (prepare agendas, resources needed, logistics, among others)
  • Manage communications related to the project
  • Help prepare monthly and quarterly newsletters, reports
  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Generate content for SMART Africa Center’s website
  • Perform other duties as necessary

Health Communication

The Health Communication Research Laboratory (HCRL) is offering two-year fellowships to incoming graduate students at the Brown School pursuing an MPH or MPH/joint degree and interested in health communication research.

The Masters Research Fellow in Health Communication will receive faculty and staff mentorship and opportunities to contribute to health communication research and program development.

The HCRL conducts innovative and community-based research to increase the reach and effectiveness of health information to vulnerable populations. The HCRL is committed to sharing the programs and products it develops, building community partnerships, and developing a diverse public health workforce.

For additional information and descriptions of our research and programs developed, please review our website: hcrl.wustl.edu.

Skills and Qualifications:

Interested applicants should have strong verbal, written, organizational, and research skills, exceptional attention to detail, as well as a strong interest in health communication, diabetes, unmet basic needs, and/or underserved populations. Students who are self-motivated, charismatic, and reliable are preferred. The student should be able to work an average of 10 hours per week.

Responsibilities:

The student will primarily be responsible for supporting ongoing research projects developed at the HCRL. These tasks and responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with quantitative and qualitative data collection, data entry, and database management, including surveys using Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI)
  • Learning new software programs such as FileMaker Pro to assist with data entry and database management
  • Reviewing and coding CATI-based recordings to determine fidelity to study protocols
  • Conducting literature reviews and other database searches
  • Assisting with literature reviews and data collection for grant proposals and manuscripts
  • Students with advanced analytic skills may have the opportunity to assist in additional data management and analysis tasks
  • Performing other HCRL or project-specific duties as needed and as assigned by the Project Manager or Director

Health Policy

The Institute for Public Health is offering fellowships which allow students to work on a range of health policy questions, especially focused on health reform, health insurance, payment policies, rural health and health economics.

The Masters Research Fellow in Health Policy will receive faculty mentorship from Professor Timothy McBride.

The Institute for Public Health harnesses the strengths of Washington University in St. Louis to address the complex health issues and health disparities facing the St. Louis region and the world. The IPH improves, amplifies and supports public health efforts across campus, within the local community and around the world.

For additional information about the Center, please visit publichealth.wustl.edu.

Skills and Qualifications:

Interested applicants should have strong verbal, written, organizational, and research skills. Applicants should be able to work with independently and have experience with research methods and data analysis. Should have proficiency in Excel, Word and PowerPoint (or a willingness to learn).

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Obtain and edit data
  • Analyze data
  • Write journal articles
  • Produce policy briefs
  • Perform other special projects as needed.

International Social Development

Dr. Fred Ssewamala is offering two fellowship positions to incoming graduate students at the Brown School with interest in international social development research.

The Master Research Fellows in International Social Development will work on research projects housed within the International Center for Child Health and Development (ICHAD). ICHAD conducts rigorous applied research focused on family-level economic strengthening and empowerment interventions that tackle the interactive effects of poverty, disease, and health-related risk factors for youth. ICHAD also seeks to increase public awareness and support for asset-based social programs, as well as to promote research-driven policy and programming. The fellows will support a trans-disciplinary research consortium of academic, government, NGO, community and cultural stakeholders in sub-Saharan Africa. Fellows will assist with the day-to-day research activities of the center study(ies), development of center and study progress reports, and other center-related products.

To learn more about ICHAD, visit ichad.wustl.edu

Skills and Qualifications:

Interested applicants should have excellent organizational, communication, and research skills, along with a strong interest in international social development and vulnerable populations in sub-Saharan Africa.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate administrative needs of the center and its research studies (this would include scheduling and preparing meeting agendas and notes)
  • Assist with planning and managing center-related events (e.g., conferences, speaker series among others)
  • Assist with communications related to research studies
  • Assist in preparation of bi-monthly and quarterly newsletters/reports
  • Conduct literature reviews and prepare other supporting documents for manuscripts and grant submissions
  • Assist in coordination/submission of IRB protocols
  • Perform other duties as necessary

Obesity Prevention Research

The Center for Obesity Prevention and Policy Research (COPPR) is offering a two-year fellowship to an incoming graduate student at the Brown School with interest in improving the health of underserved populations by engaging in trans-disciplinary research that discovers new science and integrates it into policies designed to prevent obesity.

The Masters Research Fellow in Obesity Prevention Research will receive faculty mentorship from Rachel Tabak and have opportunities to contribute to research, policy and project development, and communications. COPPR conducts research that collaborates with national partners to test and disseminate evidence-based research. The Center currently has a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded studies focusing on obesity and diabetes prevention. Healthy Eating and Active Living Taught at Home (HEALTH) translates evidence based diabetes prevention strategies to achieve weight reduction of obese mothers.

To learn more, visit https://prcstl.wustl.edu/

Skills and Qualifications:

Interested applicants should have strong verbal, written, organizational, and research skills as well as a strong interest in research and policy development in one or more of COPPR’s areas of work. Student should be able to work an average of 10 hours per week.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct literature reviews, assist with data analysis, and assist in writing research papers and reports
  • Assist with planning and coordinating study related activities and trainings
  • Work with other Brown offices, students, staff and faculty as well as external organizations and groups
  • Track and communicate research project activities; develop informational web content for projects
  • Assist with writing grant proposals and reports
  • Perform other special projects as needed

Physical Activity and Built Environment

The Prevention Research Center (PRC) is offering a fellowship (two years, renewable year-to-year) to an incoming graduate student at the Brown School pursuing an MPH or MPH/MSW degree and who is interested in chronic disease prevention.

The Masters Research Fellow in Physical Activity and Built Environment receives faculty mentorship from Professor Deborah Salvo and opportunities to contribute to research, project development, and communications.

The mission of the PRC is to prevent chronic diseases and to improve population health by adapting, implementing, evaluating, and disseminating evidence-based interventions. Major areas of research include dissemination and implementation of published research, international and national physical activity policy and environmental changes, and evidence-based decision making in public health.

For additional information about the PRC, please visit prcstl.wustl.edu.

Skills and Qualifications:

Interested applicants should have strong verbal, written, organizational, and research skills as well as a strong interest in research and policy development in one or more of the PRC’s areas of work. The student should be able to work an average of 10 hours per week.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist Prof. Salvo and project team with day-to-day research and project management tasks
  • Help design and implement research studies
  • Conduct literature searches using computer-based health databases
  • Assist in data collection
  • Assist in qualitative and/or quantitative, as well as spatial (mapping) data management and analysis
  • Provide writing and editorial assistance in preparation of grants, scientific manuscripts, and other reports
  • Prepare materials for presentations at meetings and conferences
  • Perform other tasks and special project as needed

The MRF will receive appropriate training for specific analytic and research components of the work, including but not limited to:

  • Use of diverse research instruments and tools to measure physical activity and other health-behaviors related to chronic disease prevention, as well as their built environment factors of influence
  • Analytic approaches and techniques
  • Preparing and presenting scientific findings

Population Health Equity in Diabetes and Obesity Research

The National Institute of Health Center for Diabetes Translation Research is offering a fellowship (two years, renewable year-to-year) to an incoming graduate student at the Brown School pursuing an MPH and interested in population health, obesity, diabetes, and health equity.

The Masters Research Fellow in Population Health Equity in Diabetes and Obesity Research will receive faculty mentorship from Professor Debra Haire-Joshu.

For additional information, please visit cdtr.wustl.edu

Skills and Qualifications:

Interested applicants should have strong verbal, written, organizational, and research skills as well as a strong interest in research and policy development in one or more of the CDTR’s areas of work. The student should be able to work an average of 10 hours per week.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct literature reviews, assist with data analysis, and assist in writing research papers and reports
  • Track and communicate research project activities
  • Develop informational web content for projects
  • Assist with planning and coordinating Center directed activities, workshops and research conferences
  • Assist with writing grant proposals and reports
  • Perform other projects as needed

Policy Research

The Maxine Clark and Bob Fox Policy Institute, a center for public policy engagement at the Brown School, is offering a two-year fellowship to an incoming graduate student at the Brown School. The Clark-Fox Policy Institute’s mission is to advance social and economic justice by working collaboratively to connect evidence-based policy solutions to public awareness, practitioner training, and policy decision-making.

The Gallop Family Master Research Fellow will support the Policy Institute by conducting secondary research and analysis on issues relevant to its work and mission. The fellowship offers the unique opportunity to work directly with Dean Mary McKay and the leadership team of the Policy Institute. The fellowship also offers meaningful and practical experience, and includes balance of academic and professional development.

For additional information about the Clark-Fox Policy Institute, please visit https://clarkfoxpolicyinstitute.wustl.edu/

Skills and Qualifications:

Applicants should demonstrate a strong interest in policy, have a track record for taking initiative, and welcome a challenging opportunity to engage in policy-related research. Excellent analytical, communications, research, and writing skills required. Prior experience with public policy, such as an internship with a government or policy organization, is a plus.

Responsibilities:

  • Curating and reviewing literature
  • Conducting background research and data collection
  • Translating data and synthesizing content for publication
  • Editing content and fact checking information
  • Tracking legislation
  • Preparing reports, including report graphics
  • Attending relevant policy briefings, seminars and meetings
  • Performing other duties as needed

Prevention Research: Chronic Disease Prevention

The Prevention Research Center (PRC) is offering a fellowship (two years, renewable year-to-year) to an incoming graduate student at the Brown School pursuing an MPH or MPH/MSW degree and who is interested in chronic disease prevention.

The Masters Research Fellow in Prevention Research receives mentorship from Professors Ross Brownson and Amy Eyler (director and deputy director of the PRC) and opportunities to contribute to research, policy and project development, and communications. The Fellow will assist in a research project that is developing and disseminating approaches to increase implementation of evidence-based policies to reduce obesity disparities and promote health equity, focusing on the uptake of effective local-level policies.

The Prevention Research Center in St. Louis (PRC-StL) explores and addresses behaviors that place people at risk for chronic diseases, like obesity, cancer and diabetes by:

  • Conducting, evaluating and disseminating innovative, community-based research,
  • Providing training to enhance skills of public health practitioners,
  • Translating research findings into practice and policy.

Current research areas include physical activity, policy, the built environment, and the translation of evidence into public health practice, while placing emphasis on vulnerable populations. Since its establishment in 1995, PRC-StL has brought together national and international academic, practice, and community partners. For additional information about the PRC, please visit prcstl.wustl.edu.

Skills and Qualifications:

Interested applicants should have excellent verbal, written, organizational, and research skills as well as a strong interest in research and policy development in one or more of the PRC’s areas of work. The student should be able to work an average of 10 hours per week.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist program manager and project team with day-to-day project management tasks
  • Help design and implement research studies
  • Conduct literature searches using computer-based health databases
  • Assist in data collection
  • Assist in qualitative and/or quantitative data analysis and data management
  • Provide writing and editorial assistance in preparation of grants, manuscripts, and other reports
  • Prepare materials for presentations at meetings and conference
  • Perform other tasks and special project as needed

Prevention Research: Evidence-Based Tobacco Control Programs

The Prevention Research Center (PRC) is offering a fellowship (two years, renewable year-to-year) to an incoming graduate student at the Brown School pursuing an MPH or MPH/MSW degree and who is interested in evidence-based tobacco control programs.

The Masters Research Fellow in Prevention Research receives mentorship from Sarah Moorland-Russell, PhD.

The Fellow will work specifically on an ongoing NIH-funded research project that aims to increase the capacity for sustainability among evidence-based tobacco control programs.

To learn more about the center’s work, visit prcstl.wustl.edu

Skills and Qualifications:

Interested applicants should have a strong interest in public health research and analysis. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel is required. Experience with data analysis software preferred. Interest in tobacco control preferred.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Assist with quantitative and/or qualitative data collection, management, and analysis
  • Assist in the development of reports and publications, including producing graphics and laying out text
  • Perform other tasks and special projects as needed

Refugee and Global Protection and Wellbeing

Professor Lindsay Stark is offering a two-year fellowship to an incoming graduate student at the Brown School.

The Masters Research Fellow in Refugee and Global Protection and Wellbeing will receive faculty mentorship from Lindsay Stark and will have opportunities to support Dr. Stark's research, which focuses primarily on issues of gender, protection and mental health among refugee and conflict-affected populations. Ongoing projects include (1) an initiative with UNICEF to develop a costing method for Gender Based Violence in Emergencies programming. (2) A mixed methods study (The Study of Adolescent Lives After Migration to America) to assess the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of adolescents resettled to the U.S. from Arab-majority countries; (3) Analyses of the CDC's Violence Against Children studies. Additional projects will likely emerge around the Rohinga refugee crisis and the crisis in Yemen.

Skills and Qualifications:

Interested applicants should have a strong interest in research and evaluation (quant/qual or both) and excellent writing skills.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Assist with quantitative and/or qualitative data collection, management, and analysis
  • Assist in the development of reports and publications
  • Assist with writing grant proposals
  • Perform other tasks and special projects as needed

Social Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship

The Masters Research Fellow in Social Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship (MPH) will receive faculty mentorship and supervision from Professor Heather Cameron. Cameron is an Ashoka Fellow and has started social businesses in Germany and South Africa. Fellows will be able to hone their skills in qualitative research, learn to conduct stakeholder analyses of social innovation ecosystems and play an integral role in the development of key research projects and programs in social innovation at the University, in St. Louis and internationally. Current projects include: Building a social entrepreneurship incubator at WASHU, creating an impact investing fund, developing case studies around SW and PH social enterprises, teach innovation techniques to social and health organizations.

Skills and Qualifications:

Interested applicants should have strong qualitative research skills, experience or strong willingness to learn about social innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems. Ideal applicants should have professional or academic experience in these or related fields. Applicants should be well organized, detail oriented, with strong social skills, and should be comfortable dealing with a wide range of people in a wide range of social settings. Key to this role is a keen interest in interdisciplinary academic and applied work, and interest in working with students from across the schools/departments of the university. Strong digital design and/or video making skills, GIS, online course development etc., exposure to entrepreneurship or investing would be of great value.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct literature review on social innovation, social entrepreneurship and impact measurement.
  • Support the preparation of white papers and research products.
  • Conduct and analyze a wide range of interviews, focus groups and other qualitative and quantitative research tasks, with particular focus on actors within the social innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in the US, including community and university initiatives
  • Assist with the preparation of grant proposals, case studies and other academic documents and reports
  • Support Community Health organizations in the community health impact accelerator
  • Perform other tasks and special projects as needed

Trauma Treatment

Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Tonya Edmond and the Center for Violence & Injury Prevention (CVIP) is offering a fellowship to incoming graduate students at the Brown School with interest in sexual assault, effective treatments for trauma, and implementation research in rape crisis centers.

The Masters Research Fellow in Trauma Treatment will receive faculty mentorship, introduction to trauma focused intervention and implementation research, and opportunities to contribute to a wide array of activities related to the research process.

Skills and Qualifications:

Interested applicants should have strong verbal, written, organizational, and academic research skills as well as a strong interest in sexual assault, trauma treatment, and implementation research. The applicant should have strong library skills and familiarity with APA, AMA and other bibliographic formats. Experience working in rape crisis or domestic violence centers is preferred.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct literature reviews and internet searches; assist in writing grant proposals, research papers and reports
  • Perform general office administrative support (light data entry, photocopying, organizing, filing)
  • Work with other Brown offices, students, staff and faculty as well as external organizations and groups
  • Perform other tasks and special projects as needed



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