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We are excited to announce paid fellowship opportunities in research administration beginning in June, 2017. This opportunity is open to Tufts students who are currently in the final semester (graduating May 2017) of their undergraduate or graduate degree. Research administration professionals perform a variety of business functions related to proposal preparation and work with Tufts researchers to manage sponsored research (research funded by sources outside of the University).

The Fellowships are being offered by the Tufts University Office of the Vice Provost for Research, in collaboration with the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering.

About Research Administration at Tufts

The mission of Research Administration at Tufts is to facilitate the research endeavors of Tufts University faculty, staff, and students via support of sponsored research activities. Tufts research administration infrastructure comprises central offices within the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR), as well as local research administrators positioned within schools and centers. The Office of Research Administration (ORA) and Sponsored Programs Accounting (SPA) within the OVPR facilitate research and compliance by providing central pre-award and post-award services. Both offices work with local research administrators to support investigators in pursuing and managing sponsored funding.

Fellowship Overview

Fellows will perform a variety of tasks involved in research administration from proposal to award, including: Finding Funding, Proposal Preparation, Receiving an Award, Award Management/Stewardship and Closeout. Candidates will be introduced to Tufts offices that support research and will develop working knowledge in the following areas:

  • Conduct funding searches and understand the types of sponsoring organizations and funding mechanisms
  • Read and evaluate a call for proposal and manage proposal submission, including timeline and workflow
  • Create a sponsored proposal in Tufts Research Administration System (RAS)
  • Build a proposal budget and understand regulatory definitions and requirements
  • Review a notice of award and understand the terms and conditions
  • General knowledge of award management, account reconciliation, and award closeout processes and internal controls.

By the end of the fellowship the participants will be able to actively manage grant related activity on an assigned portfolio of research departments.


To be eligible for the Fellowship, applicants must:

  • Be in the final semester of completing their undergraduate or graduate degree at Tufts with the expectation to graduate in the spring, 2017
  • Have an interest in exploring a professional development opportunity in research administration and have effective interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Be proficient with MS Office applications and web-based interface, have ability to learn electronic systems
  • Possess excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Commit to remain in the program for three months. Full time employment at Tufts after the end of the internship is possible but not guaranteed
  • All majors will be considered.

Successful candidates will be assigned a mentor and a supervisor to assist in gaining research administration experience and professional knowledge, and in meeting the requirements of the internship. At the end of the fellowship the candidates will prepare a portfolio containing an updated resume and a self-evaluation of their experiences and contributions.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume and a cover letter that describes reasons for applying for an internship and what you hope to achieve in relation to your career goals. Two letters of reference will be required from the finalists before they are offered the internship positions. Submit your applications to Zoya Davis-Hamilton at by April 30, 2017. The internships will begin in June, 2017 and will be for three months in duration.