Boston Area Research Initiative


BARI is seeking applicants for a part-time undergraduate research fellowship that will run from June 1, 2014 to August 1, 2014, with the possibility of extension through the fall. The fellowship is open to current undergraduate students at Harvard who have an interest in a variety of urban issues. Experience with data management and/or geographical information systems (GIS) software is also valuable. Applicants must be active Harvard undergraduates planning to continue their studies in the fall semester.

Applications are due by 5 pm on April 1, 2014. Fellows will be announced by April 20. 

Fellows will work 20 hours/week and will be paid $13/hour. Fellows will work as a team to further develop a set of online resources tools that BARI has designed to promote research and teaching focused on Boston. Projects might include:

  • Preparing Boston-based data for public use through BostonMap, a new, open-source mapping tool, online at, and through the BARI Data Library, where visitors can browse and download research data.

  • Building a library of syllabi from courses at local universities that use Boston as part of the curriculum;

  • Carrying out other research projects that might emerge over the summer.

Applicants for the fellowship should email the following materials to Dan O’Brien, BARI’s Director of Research, at

  • A brief cover letter describing why the applicant is a good fit for the position;

  • A current resume;

  • Contact information for two references who can speak to the applicant’s strengths.

Click here to download a flyer for the fellowship.