Graduate Student Researcher Position at CSW, 2019-2020 Academic Year

Call for Graduate Student Researchers

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The Center for the Study of Women (CSW) is hiring two 25%-50% Graduate Student Researchers (GSRs) for the 2019-2020 academic year (percentage based on student availability and qualifications) to start in Summer 2019 (if available) or Fall 2019.

Position includes a monthly stipend and graduate student fee remission benefits. Possibility of continuation of appointment based on satisfactory performance. CSW is seeking GSRs to contribute to a wide range of research projects and those with interests and expertise related to our four research streams are particularly encouraged to apply.

Students at the advanced PhD or post-MA stage are preferred, but we welcome applications from interested UCLA graduate students at all stages of their studies.


Duties will be shared by two GSRs based on expertise; each individual GSR will not be responsible for all of the items below. 

  • Grant Support: Conduct research on potential grant opportunities and contribute to writing grant applications and proposals. Conduct research on foundation grants, government grants, and intramural opportunities. Make recommendations on the feasibility of grants for particular CSW projects.
  • Research Proposals: Assist in the preparation of research proposals for review by the UCLA Institutional Review Board (IRB). Assist in developing ethical guidelines for research projects.
  • Undergraduate Research Mentorship: Mentor a group of undergraduate researchers who are contributing to CSW’s Chemical Entanglements project ( Mentorship duties may include meeting regularly with student researchers and providing training on archival, ethnographic, oral history, statistical, survey, or other research techniques as needed.
  • Interviews and Oral Histories: Conduct oral history and/or ethnographic research through phone, in-person, and/or video interviews. Projects may include oral histories of environmental illness as part of the Chemical Entanglements initiative and oral histories of past CSW leadership, faculty, and students as part of CSW’s 35th Anniversary commemoration.
  • Archival Research: Conduct research in the UCLA University Archives housed in Library Special Collections on the institutional history of CSW in preparation for CSW’s 35th Anniversary commemoration.
  • General Research: Read, interpret, and evaluate primary and secondary sources. Summarize sources and compile comprehensive and accurate annotated bibliographies, literature reviews, and reading lists.
  • Writing: Compose high-quality content for online publications (blog posts, social media posts), literature reviews, research summaries and reports, policy briefs, and newsletters.
  • Editing: Assist CSW staff in copy-editing, typesetting, and preparing journal articles and other documents for publication.
  • Event Support: Staff CSW events, conferences, and symposia.

Hours are flexible but students must maintain regular schedule.


Students who meet some, but not all, qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply. We plan to hire two GSRs in order to cover all required duties. 

  • UCLA graduate student (master’s or doctorate) in good academic standing.
  • Experience designing, implementing, and overseeing research projects.
  • Experience working on interdisciplinary projects, ability and willingness to read and critically summarize literature from a broad range of disciplinary fields, and capacity to adapt to the scholarly practices of diverse academic fields is strongly desired.
  • Adept at finding information and answering complex questions by conducting library and online research using primary and secondary sources.
  • Skills or interest in gender studies, archival or information studies, history, oral history, ethnography, cultural studies, science and technology studies, public policy, public health, environmental studies, or related fields.
  • Able and willing to read academic texts from a variety of disciplines (including those outside your field of study). Ability to coherently, comprehensively, and accurately synthesize and summarize information from academic texts for the preparation of literature reviews and publications.
  • Experience applying for federal and foundation grants from agencies and organizations, and knowledge of current academic grant landscape.
  • Experience preparing proposals for UCLA’s IRB review and approval process.
  • Experience conducting interviews for oral history or ethnographic projects.
  • Experience teaching and/or mentoring undergraduate students.
  • Organized, responsible, thorough, timely, and able to work in a collaborative team.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills. Prior experience in editing or producing publications is highly desirable.
  • Ability to work independently on a project and meet deadlines and benchmarks.
  • Ability to develop meeting agendas and prepare meeting notes and minutes.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office Products (Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.).


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled. Interviews will begin as soon as possible.

All application materials must be submitted using the online application form.

  • Cover Letter (no more than 2 pages): Concisely use this statement to 1) specify the Job Duties you are interested in (from the list), 2) explain how you specifically qualify for the Job Duties via the list of Qualifications, and 3) identify which CSW research projects interest you and how you can best serve them. For information on CSW Research Projects, see
  • CV/Resume
  • Writing Sample (no more than 10 pages, must be sole-authored, and showcase your research writing ability)
  • Contact information for two references


Work study funding is not required for these positions. However, if applicant qualifies for work study for the 2019-2020 academic year, please indicate on application.


Contact Kristina Magpayo Nyden, Management Services Officer, at

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