Research Fellows

The Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) Research Fellows Program supports high-potential candidates for graduate programs and careers in economics and public policy. EPoD fellows work alongside faculty to strengthen their skills and refine their research interests in development economics. They engage in all aspects of EPoD’s ongoing research on development issues such as finance, health, gender and education, while learning about research methods under the mentorship of professors. The program also provides an opportunity for fellows to explore their own research interests to inform their future course of study. Past fellows have gone on to top graduate programs at the Harvard Kennedy School, MIT, Princeton, and the University of Chicago.

EPoD is currently seeking full-time Research Fellows to work with faculty on specific research projects. Start dates vary according to position, with most start dates occurring early summer 2014 and one position starting in January/February 2014.

Training

Fellows receive training in microeconomic research methods, including research design, data analysis, and field work. In addition, they are typically given the opportunity to spend time in a developing country where a project is being carried out in order to gain hands-on experience in field research. Fellows also receive mentorship and guidance from EPoD faculty as they deliberate on their future academic and career paths.

Learn about our current fellows.

Applying to the Program
We are currently accepting applications for the 2014-2015 academic year (as well as select positions which may begin earlier). Fellows will be selected based on their demonstrated interest in development economics, which may include coursework, research projects, or past research assistant positions with professors in the EPoD network. The fellowship is limited to one to two years. Qualifying candidates will be graduates of well-regarded undergraduate or masters programs in a related field, with significant coursework and experience in economics, statistics, public policy and international development.

Responsibilities
Statistical analysis; cleaning and managing datasets; project management; support of field research activities and other supporting tasks for research projects.

Qualifications
Bachelors/masters in economics with strong quantitative background; prior research assistant experience; proficiency programming in Stata; graduate-level coursework a plus; some positions may have project and financial management skills preferred.

How to Apply
Send an email to EPoD@hks.harvard.edu following these instructions exactly:

  1. In the subject line, put your full name, first (given) name followed by last (family) name.
  2. Please attach statement of purpose, CV, transcripts and provide at least two references.
  3. In the email body, copy exactly the following position line: Research Fellow - EPoD Research Fellows Program. Please do not include any text besides the position line(s) in the body of the e-mail. Adding extra text will interfere with the processing of your application.

Please do not call or follow-up with phone inquiries. We do not have the capacity to answer these types of requests and it will reflect negatively on your application. We will contact you if you have been short-listed. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.