EPoD Research Fellow

Cambridge, MA

EPoD Research Fellow
Evidence for Policy Design at Harvard Kennedy School


About EPoD
Housed within the Center for International Development (CID), Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) is a dynamic research initiative that brings analytical insights, typically from economics, to 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 or interventions, and test these using the tools of applied microeconomics, including large field-based experiments. Current research topics at EPoD include governance, social protection, education, entrepreneurship, health, skills, state capacity, sustainable development, and access to finance.  Research projects are ongoing in India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, Zambia, Kenya, China and Mexico.

About the Fellowship
Each year, EPoD accepts a number of research fellows to work closely with its faculty on specific research projects, with the next cohort beginning in the summer of 2020. Fellows are chosen from among the best and the brightest of future researchers in Economics and Public Policy 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. Other Fellows use the time to explore their interests in evidence-based policy to pursue a non-academic path.  Positions are for one year with often a strong preference for a second-year renewal.

The successful candidate will be offered a position to work with Professor Asim Khwaja on a set of research projects related to public finance and taxation, vocational training and other human capital skill development, and other themes. The countries of focus for this position will be Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

For more information on EPoD, 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
  • Travel to the field 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 internationally


  • 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 experience in field research
  • Excellent command of Stata

How to Apply

  • Send an email to EPoD@hks.harvard.edu following these instructions:
    • In the subject line, put “Research Fellow – Khwaja -- ” followed by your first and last name (e.g., “Research Fellow – Khwaja -- 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 EPoD@hks.harvard.edu 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.