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The CoronaNet Research Project is an international, interdisciplinary, and non-profit effort of more than 500 researchers to collect data on a variety of government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic for use by policy makers, academic researchers, and others.

The principal investigators for this project are:

  1. Cindy Cheng, Hochschule für Politik at the Technical University of Munich
  2. Luca Messerschmidt, Hochschule für Politik at the Technical University of Munich

Co-Principal investigators for this project are:

  1. Joan Barceló, New York University Abu Dhabi
  2. Vanja Grujic, Universidade de Brasília
  3. Allison Spencer Hartnett, University of Southern California
  4. Timothy A. Model, Havighurst Fellow at the Miami University
  5. Robert Kubinec, New York University Abu Dhabi
  6. Caress Schenk, Nazarbayev University
  7. Svanhildur Thorvaldsdottir, Hochschule für Politik at the Technical University of Munich



With more than 60,000 policies from all countries in the world, this project has amassed the to-date largest dataset on COVID-19 government policies. Because of the nature of the global pandemic, we are immediately sharing all data collected in this project with the aim of informing the broader public and stimulating research on the effects and causes of COVID-19 policies. We are always looking to recruit research assistants for the coming months to help us continue the work on a voluntary basis.

We are looking for you!


The CoronaNet Research Project is an excellent opportunity for those interested in global politics, international relations and public policy research who want to gather practical experience in hands-on policy analysis. You will join the project as a research assistant and support our efforts in collecting data on new restrictions and other legislations for a specific country or region. In becoming a specialist on policies in your country, you also have the option of writing policy reports or research notes on interesting policy trends, which are then published on our website. Your name and bio will also appear in our published articles and on our website. Aside from academic writing, CoronaNet provides numerous other opportunities to expand your knowledge and skills in research, including an interactive training platform in R/R-Studio and internal workshops.

This position is an unpaid, volunteer position. However, the position can be done remotely, and the hours are flexible. We ask research assistants to commit between 5-10 hours per week for a period of at least three months, though we will consider situations in which applicants cannot do the full three months (please explain in the application). No prior knowledge is required, it is however desirable for applicants to demonstrate their interest and past experiences in policy/data analysis as well as their language skills.

Get more involved!


After two weeks of joining the project, research assistants are eligible to apply for additional positions within the project:

  1. Country and Regional Managers: To coordinate our work, we are looking for people who can contribute at least 8 hours/week and become a country/regional manager. Country/regional managers are responsible for a team of around 20 research assistants and can demonstrate their leadership skills.
  2. Data Analysts: The project is currently in need of people who are interested specifically in data engineering and visualization to make the dataset more easily available to others. If you would like to contribute to those areas, please fill out the form below and provide evidence of your experience in your CV.
  3. Data Validators: To validate our data, we are always looking for support to help us validate existing entries in a team of experienced and motivated RAs.
  4. Economic Research Assistants: Next to restrictions, we are also looking for people to focus on collecting data on governments’ economic policies as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Make your application!



To apply, please use our online form. Please submit your application and CV in English. Any questions about the position can be directed to admin@coronanet-project.org. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis.

We will attempt to assign you to a country you are interested in or have language/expertise in, but we cannot guarantee it.

For those who are interested in doing an internship for their university degree, it is possible to get course credits from your work at CoronaNet. Please indicate in your application form that you wish to learn more about this opportunity, and we will get in touch with you.

For those who are junior faculty/postdocs/PhD students, we are happy to consider collaboration in terms of academic publishing/writing. Please email us at about the position at admin@coronanet-project.org, so we can learn more of your interest in the project/data.

Read the job description in another language!




Le projet de recherche CoronaNet s’agit d’une collecte des données des réponses des gouvernements à la pandémie COVID-19. Réalise par la Hochschule für Politik du Technische Universität de Munich, l'Université de New York - Abu Dhabi et l'Université de Californie du Sud, plus de 500 scientifiques contribuent déjà à une collection de plus de 60 000 politiques, et nous cherchons à recruter des volontaires / assistants de recherche pour les prochains mois de poursuivre le travail bénévolement. Notre premier article a été publié par Nature: Human Behaviour.

Nous demandons aux assistants de recherche à:

  1. Avoir envie de rechercher la politique à la pandémie (particulièrement dans les pays francophones)
  2. Parler l’Anglais au niveau de la conversation
  3. Travailler 5-10 heures par semaine / 3 mois

Le projet CoronaNet vous offre la possibilité d'acquérir de l'expérience dans un environnement de recherche pratique et de travailler avec un groupe recherche international. Ce poste est un emploi non rémunéré et bénévole, mais les horaires de travail sont flexibles. Il est destiné en particulier aux étudiants qui aiment la recherche politique et s’intéressent aux relations internationales / aux politiques comparatives. Les étudiants ont la possibilité de travailler virtuellement. Nous encourageons vivement les étudiants qui parlent beaucoup de langues à poser leur candidature. Pour communiquer avec les autres assistants de recherche, ils doivent avoir des connaissances de l’Anglais. Des connaissances et des intérêts particuliers comme dans le domaine de la science des données / de la visualisation des données peuvent être apportés dans le projet.

Généralement, nous acceptons les candidats de toutes les disciplines d’études. Il n’y a pas de date limite pour postuler et les candidatures sont acceptées de manière continue.

Pour poser votre candidature, veuillez utiliser le lien suivant: www.coronanet-project.org/join.html. Il est demandé de soumettre votre candidature en anglais, car nous sommes un groupe recherche international.

Si vous avez des questions, envoyez un e-mail à admin@coronanet-project.org.

Nous attendons vos candidatures avec impatience!