Research Assistant (Fellowship)

The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College (CENTRO), in collaboration with Princeton University,  is offering research Fellowships starting immediately for the academic year of 2023-2024 as part of the Mellon-funded Bridging the Divide study group on Post-Disaster Futures.

Selected researchers will work with Bridging the Divides Fellows and team  (includes co-conveners, Yarimar Bonilla and Deepak Lamba-Nieves, and Project Manager, Isabel Guzzardo Tamargo). Researchers will be required to attend weekly zoom meetings (Wednesdays from 1:00-4:00pm EST)  with the Fellows and the BTD team, produce detailed meeting notes, bibliographies, and contribute to the BTD white paper. The white paper, which will outline policy recommendations for Puerto Rico’s political, economic, social, and cultural future, will be co-written with the BTD team and will be based on the year-long discussions and projects. This work is remote, with the exception of a few in-person events/retreats. 

About Bridging the Divides: This Mellon-funded program convenes a distinguished group of leading Puerto Rican thinkers and creators from various geographies and disciplines. The group participates in a year-long virtual study group addressing the theme of “Post Disaster Futures.” Bridging the Divides empowers Fellows to work on both individual and collaborative projects that examine how race, sexuality, and social belonging are being re-imagined by Puerto Ricans in the search for a more inclusive and just post-disaster future.


  • $25/hour – for 5-8 hours a week (around 28 weeks)


  • Ideal candidate: Advanced undergraduate or early-stage graduate student 
  • Must be fully bilingual (English & Spanish)
  • Strong interest in Puerto Rican Studies, passion about contributing to a more just society that confronts structural racism and inequality, commitment to learning and collaboration, respect for diverse perspectives and lived experiences. 
  • Clear writing skills and superb organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake research assignments with limited supervision

Application Materials:

  1. Statement of Interest (1-2 pages (1,000 words max) – should address: candidates qualifications, their interest in working with Bridging the Divides, and their experience and knowledge of the topic of Puerto Rico’s Post-Disaster Futures.
  2. CV or Resumé

TO APPLY: visit Application Link

Application Deadline: Friday, November 3, 2023

For questions please contact: Bridging the Divides Project Manager, Isabel Guzzardo Tamargo (