This one sounds interesting for an unfunded student with some DH skills and interest in immigration history.

The announcement does NOT specify either that the position is for fulltime students or that outside employment is prohibited, though that's usually the case for university assistantships. If you are interested in knowing the answers to those two questions, please address your inquiry to [log in to unmask]

As for the department supplying a tuition waiver--I have no idea of that's a possibility. If you are interested in this position and meet all of their qualifications, let me know and I'll inquire about possible department tuition funding.


Cynthia A. Kierner

Professor of History

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia 22030

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From: CHSS Grad Directors <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Marguerite Rippy <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Potential partnership to fund a GRA position for AY 2021-22 with IIR
There is an available GRA doctoral position for the IIR that would require partnership with the student's home department, sincet this position does not currently have funding for tuition but does provide a $20,000 AY stipend. The IIR would like to partner with a department to fund this position.  The full position description is below.

Please let me know if you are interested, or reach out to Katharine Rupp directly at the email above.  Thank you!


About This Position: 

The Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) is hiring a graduate research assistant (GRA) at a 20-hour per week commitment. The position runs August 25, 2021- May 24, 2022. There is the possibility of 2022 summer support and a continuation in the 2022-2023 academic year.  


The position provides an academic year stipend of $20,000 and graduate student health insurance (GSHI) coverage, but does not provide a tuition waiver or funding, which needs to be provided by the studentís home department.  


The GRA will work at the Institute for Immigration Research Office Suite on the Fairfax Campus. Given COVID-19 conditions, there may be an opportunity/necessity for some remote work, however at this time our expectation is that this will be an in-person position.  


This position reports to Dr. James Witte, Director of the Institute for Immigration Research. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to [log in to unmask]  Applications must be received by Friday August 13, 2021 to receive full consideration. The position will remain open until filled.  

Duties and Responsibilities: 

The position involves support for all research activities central to the IIR mission. These include: 

  • Analysis of primary survey data 
  • Analysis of U.S. census data  
  • Literature reviews on issues related to immigration and immigration policy  
  • Active participation in the intellectual life of the IIR related to immigration and immigration policy 
  • Other duties as assigned 

Required Qualifications: 

  • Candidates must be enrolled in a Mason doctoral program 
  • Possess excellent writing, editing, research, and organization skills 
  • Experience using Microsoft Office, e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. 
  • Familiarity with the SPSS data analysis syntax (not just the GUI point and click interface) 
  • Ability to effectively articulate information to an individual and/or group 
  • Ability to work successfully as an individual and part of a team 
  • Must exhibit exceptional professionalism, a strong work ethic, and intellectual curiosity, as well as a commitment to the IIRís mission 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • An interest in immigration to the United States and U.S. immigration policy 
  • Experience with U.S. Census Bureau data, including the American Community Survey 
  • Experience with ArcGIS 
  • Experience using Qualtrics 

About the Institute for Immigration Research: 

The Institute for Immigration Research (IIR)  is a multidisciplinary research institute at George Mason University. The IIRís mission is to produce valid, reliable, and objective multidisciplinary research on immigrants and immigration to the United States and to disseminate this information through peer-reviewed academic journals, as well as in print and digital formats that make this research easily accessible to policy-makers, the media, the business community, and the general public. 

Our faculty affiliates, graduate students, and partners are at the forefront of immigration research. The IIR produces high quality, timely research and analysis that examines the economic contributions of all immigrants in the United States, with a particular emphasis on immigrant entrepreneurs with high levels of education and skills. 


Marguerite Rippy, PhD 

Associate Dean for Graduate Academic Affairs College of Humanities & Social Sciences