Funding & Opportunities

Student Funding

The Department of Sociology has limited funding available for students to attend conferences and to assist with research projects. Funding requests should be submitted to the Department Chair and Department Administrator along with:

  1. Your name, Student ID#, Class Year, and Major(s)/Minor(s)
  2. The amount of funding requested
  3. For what the funding will be used
  4. Rationale for how this funding will benefit you, and why the Department of Sociology should support it. Be sure to include supplementary materials (links to conference site, costs/fees, etc.).
  5. From what other department(s)/program(s)/etc. you are also requesting funding

Due to our limited budget, students should not expect to receive funding more than once in a given academic year. Sociology students who are AKD members may also apply for the Student Member Research Travel Grant. The Undergraduate Research Fund is another valuable source to help pay for some research costs including travel to present at conferences.

Research Assistant Position

Description: Comparative study of policies towards cross-border health threats perceived to be carried by people or products; focus on how governments respond to risk; and how scientific information is generated, and is incorporated (or not) into political decision-making.
Cases include: history of blood-borne viruses; HIV and TB and emergent diseases.

Tasks: review of press response and policy documents; construction of chronologies of events; bibliographic searches; literature reviews; tape transcription (possibly); data analysis and qualitative coding (willingness to learn qualitative software programs); interviewing (possibly).

Job Requirements: Background in social science helpful (sociology, political science, economics, anthropology), as is familiarity with databases.

Available Openings: 4

Terms: Hours negotiable: minimum ~8 per week. Eligibility for work study preferred. Can start immediately.

Compensation: $12/hour to 15/hour, depending on background and experience; raises each semester; undergraduate and graduate students

Please send indication of interest and resume by email to, or by mail to: RA search/Taylor; Department of Sociology; 111B Eaton Hall; 5 The Green; Tufts University; Medford, MA 02155. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff.

Tufts University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Funding Source(s): Both On-Campus Non-Work-Study, and On-Campus Work-Study