Rice University undergraduate and graduate students interested in urban policy and research can apply to be a Community Bridges Fellow or Kinder Scholar. Students are also invited to contribute to the Urban Edge blog. See below for specific opportunities.

Undergraduate Students

Community Bridges

The Community Bridges program is a year-long, service-learning fellowship for Rice undergraduate students. Community Bridges fellows simultaneously study the theories of urban sociology in the classroom and undertake internships with local nonprofit organizations to address urban inequality and poverty issues in the Greater Houston area. At the end of the spring semester, fellows give research poster presentations about the findings and impact of their work during the program’s culminating event, the Community Bridges Spring Celebration.

Students earn a total of five upper-level credits while participating in the program.

Click here to learn more about the program, partner organizations, or to submit an application.


Graduate Students

Rice Kinder Scholars

The Kinder Institute accepts applications each academic year from Rice graduate students or post-doctoral fellows who conduct high-quality research on Houston or projects that are directly connected to the research programs of the institute. Applications are due by August 31 this academic year. Two applicants are selected each year as Rice Kinder Scholars with tenures of one year. 

Rice Kinder Scholars are given a stipend of $2,000 and priority access to data housed on the Kinder Institute Urban Data Platform. At the end of their tenure, Rice Kinder Scholars are required to submit a working paper or a data product and present their research at a Kinder Research Seminar.

Learn more about the program here.

Kinder Scholars

Kinder Scholars are researchers who have their own funding sources but seek "soft" support from the Kinder Institute. Scholars may be professors and researchers, post-doctoral fellows or graduate students who conduct high quality research on Houston here in town, or projects that are directly connected to the research programs of the Institute. This is a short-term appointment for no more than a year. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Only a limited number of Kinder Scholars will be selected each year.

Click here to download the application form.


Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Student Positions

Student work opportunities, when available, are posted on Handshake.

Student Writers for the Urban Edge

If you have a story idea that fits what the Kinder Institute is all about – data-driven analysis aimed at informing urban policy and development – send us an email with a little bit about your background, story idea and why you’re the right person to tell it.

Approved stories will run on the Kinder Institute's Urban Edge blog with your byline. While student submissions are unpaid, they may be promoted through the insititute's e-newsletter and social media platforms and possibily shared and/or republished by Apple News and other outlets.

This opportunity is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.