The Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice at Northeastern University offers fellowship opportunities each year for doctoral and masters graduate students who are interested in urban health research.*

IUHRP fellows gain hands-on experience and contribute significantly to IUHRP’s ongoing research. Fellows learn about preparation of manuscripts for publication and exposed to grant writing processes. They also attend research seminars and benefit from mentoring with experienced researchers. Finally, fellows have the opportunity to connect with IUHRP’s vast network of local, national, and international experts on a variety of public health areas.

Typically Student Graduate Fellows receive tuition remission and stipends.

New opportunities will be posted periodically, so please continue to check our website if you are interested in pursuing a fellowship with IUHRP. To inquire about fellowship availability, you may also contact:

Wendy Pernal (, Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice, 310 International Village, 360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115 617.373.2022

*Please note that unfortunately IUHRP cannot give awards to students in the College of Professional Studies

Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice

Graduate Fellowship Call for Applications

We are seeking applications for one Student Graduate Assistant position at the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice (IUHRP) to work in collaboration with a national team of professionals representing diverse disciplines on the Vicarious Trauma Toolkit Project, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Victims of Crime (OVC).

This student will be succeeding a current student on a project to develop an evidence-informed, web-based Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT) that organizations can use to address the problem of vicarious trauma among victim services providers and first responders to violence.  First responders include firefighters, EMS, law enforcement, medical professionals, and others who work with victims of violence.  All are potentially traumatized by bearing witness to the traumatic events that happen to the people that they serve.  The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT) Project has gathered and assessed the usefulness of policies, procedures, practices and programs that organizations around the U.S. employ to assist workers in preventing the negative effects of their work.  Those that have been deemed to be evidence-based and promising practices are to be included in the VTT.  The next phase of the VTT Project is to pilot test the VTT in several diverse communities around the country, and assemble a final toolkit that will be made available to the public.

Ideally, the student who is chosen will have interests in public health, preventive interventions, community interventions, trauma, violence, victimization, or other related fields. The position will start May 1, 2015 and run through December 2015.  There is the possibility for further funding of this position beyond that date as well.

The SGA Fellowship consists of tuition remission for up to 12 credit hours per term, a stipend each semester (paid semi-monthly), and health insurance coverage. In return, the student is expected to work a regular and dedicated schedule of 20 hours per week devoted to fellowship activities.

The SGA Fellowship will provide an opportunity to gain hands-on experience as part of the vibrant research community of IUHRP conducting research, learning about research methods, participating in preparation of manuscripts for publication, attending research seminars, receiving mentoring from experienced researchers and practitioners, and collaborating with local and national experts in the field.

Job Description:

The Graduate Fellow will participate in the following activities: gathering and cataloguing of resources via library and Internet-based research; contacting organizations; preparation of research instruments and protocols including online surveys; data collection, entry, quality assurance, and analysis; preparation of data reports; meeting/event planning; note taking during meetings; and contributing to the writing of manuscripts for publication. The work will mostly take place during typical working hours at the IUHRP offices’ on campus although some of the computer-based research may be done during alternate hours.


Doctoral student applications receive higher priority although we encourage master’s students with a high level of research experience and/or high interest in these fields to apply.

Candidate must be working towards a Master’s or PhD degree, preferably from a department related to the mission of the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice (for example: public health/population health sciences, sociology, counseling psychology). Past experience working on research projects is required. Excellent writing skills, library and Internet-based research and technology skills, and communication skills are essential.

Interested students should submit the following:

  1. Contact information, including phone and email
  2. Curriculum vita (CV)
  3. Academic transcript from all colleges/universities attended (myNEU printout or equivalent is acceptable)
  4. A letter of interest, discussing the following:
    1. Nature of your interest in this position and how it relates to your field of study and to the mission of the IUHRP. Please disclose if you are a recipient of another scholarship award from Northeastern; the university will only allow a student to accept one award.
    2. Academic training in research
    3. Experience in conducting research, including specific role(s) and skills gained in previous research projects
    4. Specific level of skills related to data management, library and Internet-based research, and writing skills
    5. Specific research skills you would like to gain through your Fellowship experience
    6. Availability for the time period specified (May 1 – December 31, 2015)
    7. Degree you are pursuing at Northeastern
    8. Two papers or reports (published or unpublished) you have written or co-authored.
    9. Letters of reference from researchers whose projects you worked on
    10. GRE scores if you are a first year graduate student (copy/unofficial transcript is acceptable)

Please note that unfortunately we cannot give awards to students in the College of Professional Studies.

Please submit complete applications both in hard copy and by email to

Complete application packets should be sent to:

Northeastern University

Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice

Attn: Wendy Pernal

360 Huntington Ave.

M/S 310 International Village

Boston, MA 02115

Please do not send partial applications. Thank you.