Stanford University Summer Graduate Research Fellow Opportunity – Environment and Health

Join an interdisciplinary Stanford team as a Graduate Research Fellow on Environment and Health

About the team

Stanford University is seeking to hire a Graduate Research Fellow to join an interdisciplinary team of researchers across Political Science, Earth Sciences, and the Law School. Funded by the Sustainability Accelerator in the Doerr School of Sustainability, our team conducts research that employs field and natural experimental methods to quantify the impacts of environmental pollution and climate change on historically marginalized communities. Using large datasets, creative research designs, and modern analytical tools, we bring new evidence to bear on the urgent problems practitioners face. By guiding the people who set public policy, as well as those who serve marginalized and immigrant communities, our research can generate solutions and ultimately improve lives. Our team reorients academic training by placing graduate research fellows in a hub of experiential research activity. Working side by side with faculty and professional staff, research fellows are fully immersed in an innovative research model that combines the efficiency and rigor of an academic lab with the energy and innovation of a civic-tech startup.


The graduate student will have the opportunity to engage with a team of interdisciplinary faculty and researchers to generate rigorous research on the health impacts of environmental hazards for immigrants and marginalized communities in the Central Valley, California. The major aims of the summer fellowships are to develop a rigorous research design for examining the health impacts of environmental exposures for immigrant, tribal, and low-income communities, identify relevant datasets and prepare them for analysis, and generate preliminary analysis using health and environmental data. The graduate student will be integrated into the Immigration Policy Lab, where they will have the opportunity to join lab-wide meetings, integrate into our research community, and have a lab working space. The fellowship will be part time for 10-12 weeks during the summer months June-August 2022. A stipend will be given, commensurate with Stanford summer graduate fellowships.


The Graduate Research Fellow will be currently undertaking a Ph.D. in statistics, economics, mathematics, computer science, political science, Earth science or similar. The individual should have a range of statistical and data skills including graduate-level knowledge of causal inference methods, data management, and data analysis. Experience managing large datasets and executing data analysis in complex environments is also valued.

Application Requirements and Recommendations

Applications should include a CV and cover letter, by June 1, 2022. Please reach out to Elisa Cascardi ( with any questions, subject: Graduate Student Fellowship.

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