Center Opportunities

The Center provides funding and career opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral associates and faculty. Read on to learn about our annual Calls.

Faculty Affiliate Program

CISS welcomes applications on a rolling basis for Faculty Affiliates. BU faculty and full-time lecturers from across the university who are engaged in research, teaching, or training in social sciences are eligible. Affiliate benefits include (a) opportunities to participate in Center activities and network with social scientists through affinity groups, pilot grant programs, paid student internships, workshops, conferences, and book events; (b) access to Center research support and services, media outreach, and event promotion; and (c) opportunities for leadership including serving on the Steering Committee and subcommittees. Affiliate terms are for five years, contingent on active participation in the Center. Please contact Deborah Carr, Director, Center for Innovation in Social Sciences (, with any questions.

CISS Summer Mini-Grants Proposals

Please check back in Spring 2024 for information on the next application cycle.

The Center for Innovation in Social Science invites proposals for small grants to support faculty (tenure-track and full-time lecturers), postdoc, and graduate student research in the social sciences. The grants are intended to help foster new research or enhance in-progress projects. (See Summer 2022 recipients here). Types of eligible funding include (i) undergraduate research assistance (max: $1,500), (ii) research consultancies (max: $1,000), (iii) travel awards (max: $500), and training support awards (max: $500). Guidelines and instructions for proposals are provided in the featured article on our website here. This is a rapid-turnaround process, to help facilitate Summer ’23 research productivity. Proposals are due April 24, 2023; decisions will be issued by May 15, and funding starts June 1, 2023. Funding may be used through December 31, 2023. IRB approval for funded proposals must be approved/pending prior to June 1. (for PDF of call, click here: CISS Summer 2023 Minigrant Call). For more information and to apply, visit the webpage.

Boston University Summer Graduate Internships in the Social Sciences

Please check back in Spring 2024 for information on the next application cycle.

Together with CISS, the Associate Provost for Graduate Affairs and the Associate Dean, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, are pleased to provide stipend-supported summer internships aimed at introducing PhD students in Social Sciences fields to career opportunities at institutions beyond academia. Interns will bring to their roles the array of skills developed during their PhD training, including research and writing and area-based expertise. Internships run for approximately 10 weeks. Interns serve in their roles for no more than 20 hours per week and receive a stipend.

Previous internships sites included the City of Boston Mayor’s Office of Health & Human Services, The Department of Housing and Community Development, United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley, Partners in Health, BU Office of the Provost/Academic Affairs, and the BU Center for Antiracist Research. Learn about the 2022 Summer Intern cohorts by visiting our webpage.