The Harvard Boston Research Initiative [HBRI], in conjunction with the City of Boston, has announced that it is seeking applicants for a part-time graduate fellowship. The fellowship runs from February 1, 2012 through August 31, 2012 and applications are due January 1, 2012. The announcement states, “The fellowship is funded by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, but doctoral students from any school in the greater Boston area with strong skills in data management and analysis, and an interest in computational social science are encouraged to apply.”

“Fellows will work 15-25 hours/week, mainly at Boston City Hall, and will be paid $20/hour. While at City Hall, fellows will spend much of their time working closely with a team of policy makers and researchers interested in using new types of data to carry out analyses that can improve both public policy and scholarship about key urban issues. “

The Fellow will be responsible for:

  • Identifying available data on Boston from private and public sources;
  • Preparing that data for large-scale analysis;
  • Developing techniques for linking data sets; and
  • Exploring patterns in the data that might inform policy making or scholarship.

To apply, interested parties should email to HBRI Project Coordinator Dan O’Brien (hbri[at]radcliffe[dot]edu), the following:

  • A cover letter of describing why the applicant is a good fit for the position
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Contact information of the applicant’s current advisor(s).

Applications are due by 5 pm on January 1, 2012. The fellow will be announced by January 15.

About the Harvard Boston Research Initiative

The Harvard Boston Research Initiative (HBRI) seeks to spur mutually beneficial city-university research relationships in both the City of Boston and the Greater Boston region. HBRI is led by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in close collaboration with Harvard’s Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and the City of Boston. It focuses on three strategies for achieving its goals: providing opportunities for scholars and students to collaborate with public officials; creating two-way ‘data pipelines’ that give researchers easier access to public data and public officials easier access to academic analyses of key issues; and developing mechanisms to bring together researchers, policymakers, and practitioners, ensuring that they might learn from each other’s efforts.