Visiting Student Semester Undergraduate Research Assistantship and Arts Apprenticeships

Students from NYU in New York and NYU Shanghai who wish to build their research experience during a semester abroad may apply for competitive Undergraduate Research Assistantships for fall, spring, or both semesters.

Video: Visiting students and NYUAD faculty share their experiences with Research Assistantships.

The assistantship creates a platform for visiting students to contribute to an ongoing research project under the supervision of an NYUAD faculty member, who will serve as a mentor, collaborator, and role model. Additionally, students will have access to state-of-the-art research facilities on campus. Previous student assistantship work has been varied and included laboratory sample preparation and field experiments, experimental data analysis, collecting original data, analyzing quantitative data, writing literature reviews or research reports, and filming videos to assist with research outreach and communication.

Two students working together with blue water bottle caps and other materials in the NYUAD Plastic Recycling Research Lab.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the research assistantship students must:

  • be currently enrolled in full-time, undergraduate study at NYU New York or NYU Shanghai
  • have completed a minimum of 40 credit hours of study before coming to NYU Abu Dhabi
  • have applied to study at NYU Abu Dhabi for semester study. Only students who are admitted to study abroad at NYUAD will be considered.
  • be physically present on campus in Abu Dhabi for the relevant semester of the assistantship
  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above with a good overall academic and disciplinary record
  • have a demonstrated interest in and preparation for the research or its equivalent in the arts
Two students walking in a chemistry lab at NYUAD, holding samples.

Assistantship Package

  • An assistantship award of up to USD 3,000. USD 1,000 will be applied towards the required meal plan on campus. The remaining funding of up to USD 2,000 for the semester will be paid on a monthly basis as assistantship payments (based on hours worked) for the student’s contribution to the assigned research project.
  • Assistantship recipients are expected to take part in the allocated research project for no fewer than 10 hours and up to 15 hours per week. If students commit to the full 15 hours per week, they will not have access to any further paid on-campus jobs.
  • Assistantship recipients are expected to work on their research project for the duration of the semester.
  • Spring semester assistantship award recipients may have the opportunity of continuing the research project full-time in the subsequent summer by applying to the Summer Visiting Undergraduate Research Program.


The research assistantship positions span a number of disciplines within the Arts and Humanities, Engineering, Science, and Social Sciences. Please see below for available positions. Students may apply for up to three positions but must submit a separate form for each application.

  • Arts and Humanities and Art Apprenticeship Positions