Research Fellows

Research fellows from the 2015-16 cohortEach year, EPoD accepts a number of research fellows to work closely with its faculty on specific research projects. 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. While based in Cambridge, fellows are typically given the opportunity to spend time in a developing country in order to gain hands-on experience in field research. Fellows receive mentoring from faculty and access to a broad range of activities at the Harvard Kennedy School. Positions are for one year with a strong preference for a second year renewal. Upon completion of the program, fellows often go on to attend top-tier programs in Economics and Public Policy in pursuit of a PhD.

Learn about our current fellows  2015-16 research fellow Sujoy Bhattacharyya presents on his work at EPoD


Typical fellow responsibilities include:

  • Cleaning and managing large datasets
  • Conducting statistical analyses of data using Stata
  • Preparing literature reviews, background research, and other draft content for grant proposals and academic papers
  • Drafting project reports, research protocols, and other project documents
  • Overseeing and coordinating field research activities
  • Traveling to the field as needed


 We generally seek the following qualifications in our fellow candidates:

Jennifer Peck, 2015-16 fellows Fatimah Anani and Hisham Esper, and Nada Eissa launch EPoD/Saudi Labor Ministry collaboration


  • 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 field locations in the developing world



  • 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

 Current Opportunities 2015-16 research fellow Louise Paul-Delvaux travels with colleagues in rural India during a visit to do field research

Check our Jobs and Opportunities page for current Research Fellow opportunities