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Graduate Fellowships

With our growing reserach agenda and our committment to the mapping of all past and current basic income literature and experiments, the Basic Income Lab frequently has opportunities for Stanford Graduate Students. Current opportunities are listed below:

  • Graduate Assistant(s) for UBI Mapping Research (applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the positions are filled)

Overview: TThe Stanford Basic Income Lab is seeking to recruit up to three graduate assistants to support the extensive review and mapping of research on Universal Basic Income (UBI). The ideal candidate will be trained in the Humanities or Social Sciences, e.g. Politics, Sociology, Public Policy, Philosophy or Economics (and related fields), and should have a strong interest in learning more about UBI.

To be considered, please send your CV and a short cover letter to Sarah Berger Gonzalez, Program Manager of the Stanford Basic Income Lab, at 

The research project, described below, is already underway, but will be ongoing as new literature results from current experiments become available. This paid research position will likely span three to four quarters. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The Lab will prioritize applicants that can dedicate at least five hours per week to this project, and that are interested in working with BIL for at least three quarters.

About our mapping of UBI project: Over the last couple of decades, research on UBI has grown exponentially. A large part of this research approaches the policy from an ethical perspective. There is also a large quantity of research and data not directly focused on basic income, but on similar initiatives that can help respond to many of the questions UBI scholars are interested in answering. Up until now, an online tool that conveniently brings together the existing research in one place does not exist.

The Stanford Basic Income Lab is working to provide the first extensive visualization of UBI research – literature, findings and gaps – to enable the field to progress more methodically and help new experimenters contribute effectively to the broader research agenda. This visualization will include key articles, books and reports produced about UBI (or relevant to UBI), highlighting the central findings for each of them, making sure we cover the key themes linked to UBI (health, crime, stigma, wellbeing, equality, and freedom, among others). The visualization will also locate ongoing experiments, determine which questions they seek to answer, and identify what is left unanswered and requires more data.

Job Description: BIL is seeking to hire up to three graduate assistants to review the literature and findings on UBI under the supervision of Faculty Director Juliana Bidadanure and with the support of the Program Manager, Sarah Berger Gonzalez. The job entails extensive readings on both the theory and data of basic income. The student will be responsible for email exchanges with leading basic income researchers and experimenters throughout the world to ensure the research platform is comprehensive and accurate. Graduate fellows would become part of the BIL team and join another graduate student who has been actively working on the theory and philosophy of UBI. While this position is largely independent, graduate students will hold regular meetings with the Faculty Director and Basic Income Lab Program Manager to coordinate findings and jointly make progress on how to visually present the information. Finally, the graduate fellow would also have the opportunity to be involved in the Lab’s activities, including quarterly public events and dinners with speakers.