Undergraduate and Master’s Research Fellows Program

Program Information

Through the three initiatives listed below, PDRI-DevLab is building a cohort of Undergraduate and Master’s students working to build a better future through rigorous social science. Throughout the year, these students work with faculty on methodologically rigorous, impactful research.

  • Program 1: PDRI-DevLab Research Fellows – This fellows program is managed directly under the PDRI-DevLab. We accept applications for undergraduate and Master’s research fellows on a rolling basis. These are paid research fellowships on a broad array of research projects. The students are matched to projects based on skills, interests, and available funding. Interested students should apply here.
  • Program 2: Penn Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies (PORES) – The PDRI-DevLab collaborates with PORES  to provide students with research fellowships during the academic and summer semesters. This fellowship pairs students with PDRI-DevLab faculty who are conducting research that involves applications of data science and data analytics.
  • Program 3: Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program (PURM) – The PDRI DevLab collaborated with the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) on the PURM program during the Summer 2023 semester and just completed the selection program for the Summer 2024 semester. PURM provides students completing their first or second undergraduate year the opportunity to spend a summer conducting cutting-edge research under the guidance of a standing Penn faculty member.

Click here to review the complete list of Faculty Projects.

Student Research Fellows who engage with our projects during summers on a full-time basis, are part a community of Undergraduate, Graduate, Predoctoral, and Postdoctoral Student Fellows who not only work closely with faculty on research projects, but also regularly engage in international development policy discourse and research methods discussions through teamwork, regular project meetings, brown bag series on ‘New Research, Tools and Methods for International Development’, which cover everything from current research projects to new tools for research in international development to fundamental issues in research design, and presentations by faculty and Student Fellows.

Fall 2023- Summer 2024 Fellows

Paavani Arora (PORES)

Caroline Bach (PORES)

Naimah Bilkiss (PURM)

Tianyi Zhou (FELS/PDRI-DevLab)

August Crane (PURM)

Ria Rege (PDRI-DevLab)

Sierra We (PORES)

Megan Zheng (PURM)

Anya Sinha (CURF)

Riya Sinha (CURF)

Fall 2022- Summer 2023 Fellows

Paavani Arora (PURM)

Caroline Bach (PURM)

Kate Barnes (PDRI-DevLab)

Ceci Duncan (PORES)

Arda Enifiyeci (PURM)

Jean Claude Lane (PORES)

Yasmin Abdul Razak (PORES)