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Graduate Research Assistantship Opportunities


Graduate Research Assistantship

Rural Energy Development: Prospects and Impacts

Department of Natural Resources,

Cornell Center for Conservation Social Science

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA


Richard Stedman and the Cornell Center for Conservation Social Science (formerly the Human Dimensions Research Unit) are looking for a graduate student for fall 2018 or spring 2019.  The student is expected to contribute to a project on rural renewable energy development in Upstate New York.

The applicant will be expected to develop both qualitative and quantitative research skills and to carry out interviews, content analysis, and a regional landowner/community survey.

Support packages may include a combination of research and teaching assistantships, depending upon the qualifications and interests of the student.

Qualifications:  B.S. (M.S. for those seeking a PhD.).  The successful applicant will have a strong background in some combination of rural sociology, energy development, environmental psychology and/or political science (experience in all three areas is not necessary).  Applicants should have a record of outstanding academic performance (e.g. >3.5 GPA), strong GRE scores (>75th percentiles), and comfort with working in rural communities.

How to apply: Please send cover letter describing research interests and experience or statement of purpose; resume or CV; unofficial copies of transcripts, GRE (U.S. students only), proof of English fluency (international students only); and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Richard Stedman ( by April 15, 2018.  Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by May 1st, 2018 and will be required to apply for admission to Cornell University’s Department of Natural Resources Graduate Program.

For additional information on Cornell University, the Human Dimensions Research Unit (we have not fully transitioned to the “Cornell Center” language described above, or Richard Stedman, please see the following sites:

Stedman’s research profile:

Human Dimensions Research Unit:

Cornell University Department of Natural Resources: