Visiting Student Semester Undergraduate Research Assistantship

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 2021, spring 2022, or both semesters.

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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.

Eligibility Criteria

The priority application deadline for spring positions is September 30, 2021. 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 spring 2022. 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 3.5 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

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.

Available Positions

The research assistantship positions span a number of disciplines within the Arts and Humanities, Engineering, Science, and Social Sciences. Please see the available assistantship positions below.

  • Arts and Humanities Positions