Financial Inclusion Research Fellow - Evidence for Policy Design at Harvard Kennedy School


About EPoD

Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard Kennedy School is a research program that works to promote the use of analytical insights, drawn from economics and backed by rigorous evidence, to inform the design and implementation of public policies and programs around the world. EPoD directly engages with governments and local organizations to identify key questions, design innovative new policies and interventions, and test these using the tools of applied microeconomics, including randomized experiments. Through research, teaching, and capacity-building activities, we also work to equip policymakers worldwide with the knowledge and skills to effectively use data and evidence to achieve policy goals. Current research topics at EPoD include governance, education, entrepreneurship, health, agriculture, sustainable development, and access to finance, with a focus on India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia.

About the Fellowship

Fellows are chosen from among the best and the brightest of future researchers in Economics and are exposed to cutting-edge topics and research methods in this area. Additionally, Fellows receive mentoring from faculty and access to a broad range of activities at the Harvard Kennedy School. Upon completion of the program, Fellows often go on to attend top-tier programs in Economics and Public Policy in pursuit of a PhD.  Positions are for one year with a strong preference for a second year renewal.

The successful candidate will be offered a position to work with EPoD Co-Director Prof. Rohini Pande on a set of research projects related to women’s financial inclusion in India. This includes:

  • Helping with the design and implementation of a large-scale randomized controlled trial (RCT) in Madhya Pradesh, India.
  • Analyzing quantitative data from a variety of datasets, including survey data, financial data, government management information systems (MIS) data, and other experimental data.

This position is based at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The start date for the fellowship is January 2017. Visa sponsorship is available to those without US work authorization.

For more information on the EPoD Research Fellows Program, visit our website.


  • Clean and manage large datasets
  • Conduct statistical analyses of data using Stata
  • Prepare literature reviews, background research, and other draft content for grant proposals and academic papers
  • Draft project reports, research protocols, and other project documents
  • Oversee and coordinate field research activities
  • Travel to the field (Madhya Pradesh, India) as needed



  • Bachelors or Masters in Economics, Public Policy, International Development, or related field requiring substantial quantitative coursework
  • Strong academic record
  • Strong interest in public policy and economic development research
  • Knowledge of randomized control trials
  • Strong English oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent command of Microsoft Office suite (Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Proficiency programming in Stata
  • Willingness to travel to India, including rural areas


  • Graduate-level coursework in Economics and Econometrics
  • Excellent English oral and written communication skills
  • Prior experience as a research assistant in the fields of Public Policy or Economic Development
  • Prior research or professional experience related to financial inclusion and microfinance
  • Prior experience in field research
  • Excellent command of Stata

How to Apply

  • Send an email to following these instructions:
    • In the subject line, put “Financial Inclusion Fellow – “ followed by your first and last name (e.g., “Financial Inclusion Fellow – Jane Doe”).
    • Attach the following documents:
      • Cover letter (one page max)
      • CV
      • Academic transcripts from all degrees received
  • Have two academic or professional references (academic preferred) submit letters of reference on your behalf to following these instructions:
    • In the subject line, put “Letter of Recommendation – “ followed by your first and last name (e.g., “Letter of Recommendation – Jane Doe”).
    • Include the letter of recommendation as an attachment.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and will not be considered complete until all elements are received. Applicants chosen to move forward in the hiring process will be required to participate in multiple interviews and take a Stata exam.


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