Thank you for your interest in learning more about the research opportunities with the Metropolitan Futures Initiative.


Postdoctoral Opportunities

If you are interested in pursuing research related to what we do in the MFI and are interested in applying for either the National Science Foundation (NSF) SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowship or the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, contact John Hipp (john.hipp@uci.edu) or Jae Hong Kim (jaehk6@uci.edu) as a potential mentor for the programs.

SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (SPRF)

 The SPRF Fellowships are offered in two tracks.  One of these is the Interdisciplinary Research in Behavioral and Social Sciences (SPRF-IBSS) track, which is particularly appropriate for the MFI.  The NSF notes that “the proposal must be motivated by a compelling research question (within the fields of social, behavioral and economic sciences) that requires an interdisciplinary approach for successful investigation. As a result, Fellowship Candidates should demonstrate the need for new or additional skills and expertise beyond his or her core doctoral experience to achieve advances in the proposed research. To acquire the requisite skills and competencies (which may or may not be within SBE sciences), a mentor in the designated field must be selected so that the postdoctoral research fellow and his or her mentor will complement, not reinforce, each other’s expertise.”

To obtain more information on the SBE Fellowships, go here.

The application deadline each year is the last Monday in October.

UC Presidental Postdoctoral Fellowships

The University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships, professional development and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity at UC.

The contributions to diversity may include public service towards increasing equitable access in fields where women and minorities are under-represented. In some fields, the contributions may include research focusing on underserved populations or understanding inequalities related to race, gender, disability or LGBT issues. The program seeks applicants with the potential to bring to their academic and research careers the perspective that comes from their non-traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of members of groups historically underrepresented in higher education.

The goal of the program is to provide research opportunity and career development for scholars whose work will enhance the diversity of the academic community at the University of California. Approximately 75% of UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellows have received tenure track faculty appointments. Since 2003, over 100 former fellows received faculty appointments at University of California campuses.

To obtain more information on the UC PPFP, go here: http://ppfp.ucop.edu/info/

The application deadline each year is November 1.


Undergraduate Opportunities

Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

Description of Research / Responsibilities:

Research responsibilities are likely to include:

  • Data collection
  • Data entry and coding
  • Literature searches and reviews
  • Help writing grants
  • Running basic statistical analyses
  • GIS mapping tasks

Selection Criteria:

  • Interest in researching the social ecology of the region and learning about how these social processes interact.
  • Enthusiasm, motivation, and dedication!
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Ability to make a commitment of one year

To Apply:

  • Please send an email noting your interest along with you resume to John Hipp. You will be notified when positions become available.