Cohort 4, Class of 2023

Cohort 4 (Class of 2023)

The Undergraduate Research Fellows for Social Science and Public Policy is an eight-week, paid summer internship that aims to prepare current Brown undergraduates to engage in rigorous empirical research in the social sciences in support of efforts to improve our understanding of public health, the education system, inequality, and population well-being. The program is supported jointly by the Annenberg Institute, the Brown University Economics Department, and the Population Studies and Training Center.  

The program is structured in two phases. The first phase is a data science “boot camp” that introduces fellows to skills in statistics, data management and data analysis. The second phase will consist of a mentored research experience that pairs fellows with real world research projects to gain firsthand experience with the process of conducting empirical, social science research.  Our approach emphasizes mentorship and peer learning, and allows Fellows to develop relationships with faculty members that may continue during their time at Brown. Throughout the program, fellows will also participate in workshops and panels that will introduce them to cutting edge topics in social science, help them learn additional research skills like survey design, and highlight various career opportunities in empirical social science both inside and outside of academia. 

Training Goals Include:

  1. Developing skills in data management and analysis using standard statistical software packages.
  2. Learning to operate as an effective member of a research team.
  3. Building community and connection across different fields and disciplines within Brown University.

We expect that completion of this training will facilitate Fellows’ transition to related graduate study programs or professions in social science and policy.

Program Requirements:

  • Fellowship applicants should have a strong interest in social science, public policy, and motivation to continue to pursue research during their time at Brown.
  • Selected Fellows are expected to commit to the entire 8-week, residential, full-time (35 hours/week) training program.
  • Selected fellows will have to complete an I-9 (federal verification of eligibility to work) in order to receive the fellowship stipend.


  • The program is open to Brown undergraduate students who are currently in their freshman, sophomore, or junior year.
  • Undergraduates from all concentrations and backgrounds are welcome to apply.
  • Prerequisites:
    • Coursework in introductory statistics (e.g., EDUC 1110, SOC 1100, CLPS 0900, APMA 1650, ECON 1620 or equivalent) is required.
    • Selected Fellows will receive substantial training in statistical computing software during the program. Familiarity with statistical computing software (e.g. Stata, R, etc.) is preferred, but not required.

Program Dates:

May 28, 2024 - July 19, 2024.


The deadline to apply is February 1st, 2024.

Funding Award:

Fellows will be awarded a stipend consistent with the Universities SPRINT summer funding structure (see SPRINT website for more details).

How to Apply:

Applications for the 2024 Cohort go live on December 13th, 2023 on the Brown SPRINT/UTRA page -

The Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program for Social Science and Public Policy is committed to fostering a dynamic, diverse, and supportive intellectual community. Students from underrepresented groups and students from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Students will need to select Professor Margot Jackson's listed opportunity from the drop-down menu (see question below) within the Summer 2024 UTRA application in UFunds.

If you selected "Listed Faculty Opportunity," please select the opportunity from the drop-down menu below or select N/A.

The PSTC/Economics/Annenberg opportunity under Professor Jackson is featured on the listed opportunities document (found within the UTRA application and also on the UTRA website) on page 109 and the link to the listing can be found here