Graduate Student Opportunities

Check out the following list of graduate student opportunities in funding, employment, professional development, and more! Updated weekly during the academic year and monthly over summer.

  • Research Opportunity with UCR Brain Game Center

    Research Opportunity with UCR Brain Game Center


    The UCR Brain Game Center for Mental Fitness and Well-being is a unique center on campus focusing on harnessing modern technologies to understand and improve brain fitness. We have numerous opportunities for participation as a research subject or as a research assistant. Please see below for opportunities: 


    We are recruiting students for several studies that can be done at home remotely or in the lab beginning in Spring 2023

    Our studies involve playing video games on an iPad, Android device, or computer and are designed to test and/or improve various cognitive and perceptual abilities! Our games combine many principles that individually lead to perceptual and cognitive improvements, however, we do not know the exact contribution of each component. Your participation will help us improve our games and determine how different principles contribute to better cognitive function, as well as identify which aspects are more engaging! 

    Both remote and in lab studies may last only 1 day or others up to 8 weeks. Most studies provide monetary incentives with greater compensation for longer studies. 

    If you are interested in participating in one of our studies, please complete a short survey linked below. We will contact you in a follow-up email with specific study details once we receive this information. 

    Brain Game Center Participant Interest and Availability Form:


    We are always looking for hardworking students interested in gaining research experience. Research Assistants in the lab are involved in various aspects of experiments including participant recruitment, assessment administration, data entry and analysis, software development, and in some cases, the design and management of their own studies. If you are interested in joining our team of research assistants, please use the included link to complete the application. 

    Brain Game Center Application for Research Assistants:  

    Brain Game Center Application for Programming Interns:

    If you have further questions, please contact us at or call the UCR Brain Game Center at (951) 827-2054. Please leave a message if no one is available. 

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  • Scientists in Parks

    Scientists in Parks

    Maybe you’ve always imagined yourself working outside. Maybe you’ve considered a professional career in the sciences. Or maybe you’ve just dreamed about an office with a truly jaw-dropping view.

    If so, maybe Scientists in Parks is for you!

    Every year, the Scientists in Parks work experience program places hundreds of aspiring professionals across the National Park System to work on natural resource management needs. Past projects have mapped sand dunes at Fire Island National Seashore, surveyed towering cacti at Saguaro National Park, and protected nesting sea turtles at Padre Island National Seashore. Others assessed pika populations at Rocky Mountain National Park, measured soils beneath the mangrove forests of Everglades National Park, and restored colorful corals beneath the waves at the National Park of American Samoa.

    The program is committed to providing all aspiring professionals—especially those underrepresented in science—with a unique opportunity to work on important real-world projects while building professional experience and a life-long connection to America’s national parks.

    Applications are now being accepted for winter 2024 positions!


    The Scientists in Parks Program is currently seeking motivated applicants to complete numerous exciting projects in America's national parks.

    Search or filter all Scientists in Parks opportunities here. The application deadline for Winter 2023/24 positions is
    June 11, 2023.

  • HACU National Internship Program

    HACU National Internship Program

    Since 1992, HACU has offered one of the best internship programs in the country. Join our 14,000 alumni in gaining invaluable professional experience interning within a federal agency, while getting paid

    • PAID internship
      • Spring 2023 pay rates (according to status during internship):
        • Currently enrolled or recently graduated undergraduate (associate's or bachelor's degree) = $16.10/hour
        • Currently enrolled or recently graduated graduate (master's degree, Ph.D., J.D., etc.) = $17.50/hour
    • Year-round sessions: fall and spring (15 weeks) and summer (10 weeks)
    • Virtualhybrid, and in-person formats
    • Full-time and part-time positions
    • Numerous program benefits:
      • Federal work experience (see partners below)
      • No application fee
      • Potential for academic credit
      • Professional development seminars
      • Programmatic and student support from HNIP Staff

    Dates and Deadlines:

    Session  Application Open  Application Deadline  Session Start  Session End  Number of Weeks
    Fall 2023 March 20, 2023 July 7, 2023 September 4, 2023 December 16, 2023 15


    For more information, visit

  • Young Scientists Summer Program

    Every summer from 1 June to 31 August, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) hosts up to 50 doctoral students in Natural and Social Sciences, Math, Engineering, Management and Policy from around the world in its Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP).

    Each YSSP participant works on a topic related to his or her PhD thesis and to IIASA's own research agenda, the goal being to write a publishable paper. All YSSP participants are personally mentored by IIASA senior scientists.

    Successful applicants from countries with an IIASA National Member Organization (NMO) are eligible for funding, and some fellowships are also available for students from non-NMO countries.

    IIASA is an international institute engaged in scientific research that aims to provide support for policymakers on issues of importance in the following global problem areas:

    * Energy and Climate Change

    * Food and Water

    * Poverty and Equity

    IIASA's research comes under the following programs:

    * Energy

    * Transitions to New Technologies

    * Advanced Systems Analysis

    * Ecosystem Services and Management

    * Mitigation of Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases

    * Evolution and Ecology

    * World Population

    * Risk Policy and Vulnerability

    * Water


    * You are an advanced graduate student;

    * Your field of study is compatible with research at IIASA;

    * Your research and career would benefit from working alongside 50 or so young scientists as well as senior scientists from around the world;

    * You would like to explore the policy implications of your work.

    Applications to the 2024 program will open in October 2023 and run until 12 January 2024. Two letters of reference are required (to be received by latest 24 hrs past application deadline).

  • Minority Serving Institutions Internship Program (NNSA-MSIIP)

    The National Nuclear Security Administration Minority Serving Institutions Internship Program (NNSA-MSIIP) provides paid opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Minority Serving Institutions. NNSA-MSIIP is open to all academic backgrounds.

    NNSA-MSIIP offers summer or year-long internship opportunities with the NNSA, national laboratories, and site offices. Internships involve projects focused on engineering, science, research, technology, policy, business, and government relations.

    Program participants will develop the experience needed to "jump-start" their careers and potential for future opportunities within the federal government. Interns will be mentored by experienced staff, researchers, and scientists, to develop professional skills and enhance leadership capabilities.

    Application period for 2024 will open on August 1, 2023

  • Nuclear Energy Justice Policy Fellowship

    This program serves as a next step in the educational and professional development of scientists and engineers. Fellows will have opportunities to enhance quantitative and qualitative reasoning, critical thinking/problem solving, communication, and teamwork skills. Learn more and apply.

    Deadline: Rolling

  • Gladstone's Embark Presidential Postdoctoral Program

    This program aims to increase the representation of underrepresented minoritized groups within the sciences and at Gladstone. Participants will receive a postdoctoral salary based on years of experience, full benefits, and $10,000 yearly stipend. Learn more and apply.

    Deadline: Rolling

  • Graduate Division Fellowship Opportunities

    UCR Graduate Division offers a variety of fellowship opportunities to grad students to help offset various expenses related to research, dissertation, and thesis research. Learn more.

    2022-23 Deadlines: Throughout the year.

  • Funding Opportunities through the Institute for Humane Studies

    IHS is rooted in the classical liberal tradition and promotes a freer, more humane, and open society by connecting and supporting talented graduate students, scholars, and other intellectuals who are driving progress in the critical conversations shaping the 21st century. 

    IHS offer grants for all stages of your academic career. Whether you’re seeking funds for sabbatical research, campus events, or graduate study, they want to help you pursue your ideas.

    IHS has a number of different funding opportunities including Conference Accelerator Grants (up to $2,000), Publication Accelerator Grants (up to $5,000), Graduate Sabbatical Grants (up to $15,000), Event Support, and Research Expense Support. 

    IHS offers more than two million dollars in highly competitive grants for projects within these areas of focus

    Liberalism, Pluralism, and Democracy
    Free Speech and Open Inquiry
    Equality and Prosperity
    Race in America
    Peace and International Cooperation
    Immigration and Freedom
    Business and the Good Society


    Grant applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

    Visit IHS for grant conditions, eligibility, and applications. 
  • Inland Empire Labor Institute Grant Writer Position

    The Inland Empire Labor Institute is seeking an experienced Grant Writer to join our small nonprofit focused on empowering workers to uplift communities and families throughout the Inland Empire region. The ideal candidate will have prior experience in union organizing, workforce development, and/or community development. As a Grant Writer, you will be responsible for identifying, researching, and securing funding opportunities from government agencies, foundations, and corporations to support our mission.


    • Research and identify grant opportunities that align with our mission and programs

    • Develop grant proposals and applications that meet the requirements of potential funders

    • Collaborate with program staff to gather information and data to support grant proposals

    • Maintain a grant calendar and ensure timely submission of grant applications and reports

    • Cultivate and maintain relationships with funders and stakeholders

    • Stay current on trends and best practices in grant writing and fundraising

    • Participate in meetings and events to represent our organization and programs


    • Bachelor's degree in a related field or equivalent experience

    • Minimum of 3 years of grant writing experience in a nonprofit setting, preferably in the areas of union

      organizing, community and/or workforce development

    • Strong research, writing, and editing skills

    • Demonstrated success in securing grants from government agencies, foundations, and corporations

    • Excellent organizational and time management skills

    • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with staff and stakeholders

    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Workspace

      To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample demonstrating grant writing skills to Dr. Hillary Jenks, Co-Executive Director of the Inland Empire Labor Institute at by June 7, 2023. This is a full-time, hybrid position with a salary range of $80,000-90,000/year, commensurate with experience. Candidates must reside in the Inland Empire/Southern California region. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds.