Visiting Student Undergraduate Research Assistantship

NYU Abu Dhabi invites students from NYU in New York and NYU Shanghai to apply for competitive Undergraduate Research Assistantships for fall 2021 or spring 2022.

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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.


The research assistantship positions are expected to span a number of disciplines, including neurohaptics, civil engineering, AI-based projects, heritage mapping projects, digital humanities, creative writing, art history in the Arab world, analysis and comparison of musical styles from the region, immunomechanobiology, psychology, hands-on biology and chemistry lab work, economics, and researching global policies. The list of available research opportunities will be posted in April 2021. 

Successful applicants can earn up to USD 2,000 through the assistantship and receive an additional USD 1,000 towards their meal plan during their study abroad semester at NYUAD.

Assistantship 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 60 credit hours of study before coming to NYU Abu Dhabi
  • have applied to study at NYU Abu Dhabi for fall 2021 or spring 2022. Only students who are admitted to study abroad at NYUAD will be considered.
  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 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

How to Apply

Specific research assistantship opportunities for fall 2021, along with the application form, will be announced in April 2021.

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.
  • Assistantship 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.