Learn about opportunities for student engagement with the Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

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.

Post-BAC Position

The Kinder Institute is offering a post-baccalaureate fellowship (one year in length) to begin in August 1, 2021. The fellow will work primarily with Dr. Robert Bozick, associate director of the Kinder Houston Area Survey (KHAS), to provide research support for the annual KHAS, which is now well into its fourth decade of tracking this region’s remarkable economic and demographic transformations and recording the way area residents are responding to them.

The fellow will also provide research assistance in preparing tables, charts, blogs, presentation, reports, and proposals based on the KHAS and from other survey and census data. The fellow will participate in survey design and analysis, implement the details of the project, and respond to external requests, under the supervision of KHAS associate director. The fellow will also provide research support for other Kinder Institute projects as assigned by the KHAS associate director and the director of research management. The post-baccalaureate fellow will have the opportunity to develop a variety of research and writing skills through on-the-job training to prepare for a future professional career. This position is ideally suited for someone who plans to pursue graduate work in a social science discipline after the term of the fellowship.

This is a one-year term limited position.

Click here to apply.


Graduate Students

Kinder Scholars

The Kinder Institute accepts applications at the beginning of 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. Two applicants are selected each year as Kinder Scholars with tenures of one year.

Kinder Schoars are expected to provide their own funding for research but are given a stipend of $2,000 and priority access to data housed in the Kinder Urban Data Platform. At the end of their tenure, Rice Kinder Scholars are required to submit a working paper and present their research at a Kinder Research Seminar.

Learn more about the program here.


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.