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 2015.

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 2015-2016 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
Please visit our 2015 Research Fellow Openings for our current postings.

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, as well as the name of the fellowship position to which you are applying. (If you have no preference, just write "Research Fellow".)
  2. In the email body, include a short statement of interest and qualifications. Be sure to describe your experience and skill level in Stata.
  3. Attach your CV and transcripts.
  4. Please have two academic or professional references submit reference letters on your behalf to the above email address, with your full name in the subject line of the email.

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.