Survey Research Center UAF

Fellowship Description

The Survey Research Center at the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) seeks applications for the new University Administrative Fellows (UAF) program.  

The UAF selected for assignment to the Survey Research Center will be given the opportunity to learn the basic administrative and scientific aspects of directing a university-based survey research program.  There are more than 100 colleges and universities in the U.S. that have survey and polling centers, and even more centers based at universities outside the U.S.  Survey researchers are also employed at non-academic research institutes such as the RAND Corporation and the Urban Institute, and at research-oriented foundations such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Kaiser Family Foundation. Thus, the fellowship has the potential to broaden employment opportunities in both academic and non-academic research settings.

Applicants for the UAF position at the SRC will be expected to have:

  • Basic familiarity with the research process as demonstrated by undergraduate or graduate course work or special projects or previous employment
  • Completion of a graduate level statistics course such as SPI 507, POL 502 or ECO 513

Key Dates

  • Application Deadline: August 25, 2023 
  • Position Start Date: September 25, 2023
  • Position End Date: December 15, 2023

Learning Objectives

Administrative Objectives

The fellow will be expected to learn basic skills required for managing a variety of staff members employed in survey research, including telephone and field interviewers, coders, field supervisors, and survey programmers.  Fellows will also learn basic financial management of research projects and financial management for the survey center as a whole.  The fellow will also spend time with various staff members to learn about how they conduct their work and what skills are needed to carry out their task assignments effectively.  He or she will be expected to attend weekly staff meetings, and provide thoughtful and creative suggestions for addressing center management issues.

Scientific Objectives

The fellow will learn the basic aspects of conducting polls and other kinds of survey research. These include gaining basic competence in project management, survey design, sampling and weighting, questionnaire design and programming, interviewing, data coding, preparation of data files for statistical analysis, and data security.  The fellow will be expected to assist in managing one or more of the SRC's ongoing survey projects.  These projects are typically conducted on behalf of faculty members or students at the University and involve managing interviewers, interacting with vendors or service providers (such as print and mail services), monitoring budgets, tracking expenses, and monitoring data quality.

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Survey Research Center

The Princeton University Survey Research Center’s (SRC) was founded in 1992 with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The SRC is a resource for Princeton University students, faculty, and administration. The SRC has three principal activities: consultation, education and project management.

UAF Mentor

Edward P Freeland *92, SOC
Executive Director, Data Driven Social Science Initiative

Dr. Edward P. Freeland is the Executive Director of the Data Driven Social Science Initiative (DDSS) and a Lecturer at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He also has mentored numerous University Administrative Fellows at the SRC. Dr. Freeland teaches a graduate seminar (SPI 593e - Surveys, Polls and Public Policy), and advises faculty and students who are conducting survey research projects. 

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Applicants should submit a cover letter and one copy of their résumé via email by August 25, 2023 to Helen Varone ([email protected]).

Current & Former SRC Fellows

Anne Kuhnen *20, SPI
University Administrative Fellow
Larry Liu
University Administrative Fellow