Jobs, Internships, Grants, and Research Assistantships for Cognitive Science Majors

Would you like to see a particular resource here or do you have a posting you want shared with our cognitive science and linguistics undergraduate students? Contact the Academic Program Coordinator.

Funding Opportunities: Click here for internal University undergraduate research, fellowship, and grant opportunities. These include, but are not limited to, Provost's awards (PURA); Dean's awards (DURA); and Woodrow Wilson Fellowships. Visit the KSAS research funding webpage.

Posted November 17, 2015

Two Clinical Research Coordinators, Division of Neurotherapeutics, Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging

The Division of Neurotherapeutics is led Drs. Darin Dougherty and Thilo Deckersbach. We are located at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging (affiliated with Harvard University, MIT, and MGH) in Charlestown, MA.

One hire will be assigned clinically-oriented duties, including working with psychiatric patients. The other hire will be assigned more computationally-oriented duties with a focus on time series analysis of neuroelectrophysiology data.

Please note that we require 1 year of research experience not associated with academic credit.

Posted November 5, 2015

Come on Out-Japan Summer Internship Program

This program is currently seeking U.S. college students and recent graduates who would be interested in coming to Japan for 6 weeks from July 8th through August, 19th 2016. Although this is an unpaid internship, the sponsor is providing certain expenses for each Intern who participates in the six week program. This program is different from any other traditional teaching position in Japan. Interns will facilitate English conversations with Japanese high school students on a variety of relevant global topics. Outside of the class, Interns will have space in their schedule to fulfill their personal goals and academic needs while in Japan. Additionally, the program offers optional Japanese language classes, field trips, dinner/cooking nights and even an overnight trip. These additional opportunities are all designed to add cultural enrichment to your summer abroad experience. See links below for more information. If you have additional questions regarding this program please contact Come on Out-Japan directly or via our inquiry tab on our website.

Questions? Contact Brian Neufuss, Program Director of Come on Out Japan. 

Posted November 2, 2015

Research Assistant, Language Processing & Language Development Lab, Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

The research labs of Dr. John Trueswell and Dr. Lila Gleitman are hiring a full-time research assistant to help conduct language processing studies with children and adults. In many of these studies we will be recording the eye movements of participants as they respond to spoken instructions. This position is an excellent stepping stone for someone planning to go to graduate school in psycholinguistics — individuals previously employed in this position are now star graduate students, postdocs and even professors within psychology and linguistics. Primary responsibilities include assisting lab members and the PIs in the running of experiments, developing experimental materials, and data management/analysis. Additional duties include management of human subject information, assisting in the reporting of information to funding institutions and Penn’s Institutional Review Board (IRB), and lab scheduling.

The position can begin as early as January of 2016 -- but we will also consider later start dates, as late as May or June of 2016.


  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Linguistics, Computer Science, or Cognitive Science
  • 0-1 year of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience is required
  • Experience is required in Microsoft Excel and statistical analysis software (preferably R, SPSS and/or MatLab)
  • Prior experience in psychology research and/or computational modeling is a plus.

To apply visit: Include a resume and at least two reference contacts with your application. Application reviews will begin immidiately. Note that although the posting may say that the position end date is one year from hire, this is not correct. The position may last up to two or three years, contingent on funding.

Posted October 21, 2015

New Funding for Doctoral Studies in Autism and Severe Intellectual Disabilities

The Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University announces new funding to equip future faculty to conduct rigorous research, deliver effective training, and provide service that improves educational outcomes for students with severe intellectual disability, autism, and multiple disabilities. This unique doctoral leadership training grant provides full tuition, generous stipends, health insurance, professional travel, research monies, and much more. In partnership with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, numerous disability organizations, and both urban and rural schools, we provide hands-on internships, cutting-edge research opportunities, exceptional coursework, and interdisciplinary collaboration opportunities. Graduates of the program have obtained faculty positions at leading universities and colleges across the country and are making a sustained impact in the field. Learn more about this grant and the application process at:

Posted October 21, 2015

Master’s Degree Funding: Delivering Evidence-Based Inclusive Education for Students with Severe Disabilities in High-Need Schools

The Severe Disabilities Program at Vanderbilt University received a five-year grant to train master’s degree-level professionals to teach children and young adults with autism, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, and other developmental disabilities. Our goal is to prepare future special education teachers with evidence-based strategies to enhance the learning and outcomes of students with severe disabilities. We integrate evidence-based practices throughout our program, involve students in unique research-to-practice projects in high-need schools, and focus on research-based practices and policies that increase access to the general curriculum. We offer generous tuition funding for students seeking initial licensure or an additional endorsement. Learn more about this grant and the application process at:  

Posted September 21, 2015

Research Assistants, Center for Language and Speech Processing, JHU

The Yarowsky Lab in the Center for Language and Speech Processing (CLSP) at JHU is seeking to fill several research assistant positions for the 2015-2016 academic year to aid with the creation of original linguistic resources and analysis tools for a wide range of rarely-studied languages. The project is part of a multi-year effort to provide support to rapid-response humanitarian disaster relief efforts across the world and more broadly to develop foundational linguistic analysis and machine translation of hundreds of world languages.

The positions are open to both undergraduate and masters students seeking to gain practical research experience. Ideal candidates should display a strong interest in theoretical, descriptive, or field linguistics, including core disciplines such as phonology, morphology, syntax, or semantics. Working knowledge of one or more languages outside of English, as well as programming experience, are preferred but not required.

Sample Tasks Include:

  • Discovery and machine distillation of already available linguistic resources, including printed grammars, books, and web resources.
  • Developing targeted grammatical descriptions of lower-resource languages, particularly in morphology.
  • Supporting the development of automatic computational language processing tools and resources, focused on machine translation for 300-800 language.

If you are potentially interested, please forward a basic resume or just the following information to AND

  • year and major if current undergraduate
  • undergraduate degree (year, university, subject) if masters student
  • human languages understood/studied
  • programming languages studied (and skill level)
  • prior work experience
  • prior relevant coursework or research experience

In addition, preliminary information sessions will be held in September. Please inquire if you are interested in attending one. All are welcome to attend to learn more about the lab and our projects. 

Posted February 27, 2015

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Posted January 16, 2014