Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship


The Center for Global Development (CGD) is now accepting applications for its Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship program. The Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship is a one year term appointment running from mid-2018 to mid-2019, with the precise dates flexible. The position is intended for new graduates or very recent graduates of PhD programs in the social sciences. CGD is an independent, non-partisan, Washington, DC think tank dedicated to reducing global poverty and inequality through policy-oriented research and active engagement on development issues with the policy community and the public. 

CGD studies the policies of the US and other industrialized countries that affect development prospects in poor countries. The Center aims to provide young scholars an opportunity to apply their research skills in an active policy environment, collaborating with a world-renowned research staff of economists and political scientists and taking advantage of the research support of CGD research assistants. Staff work with policymakers seeking rigorous and independent advice on development-related issues. Two Nobel Laureates currently serve on our Board and we have extensive links to top development researchers all over the world. Our previous postdocs have subsequently gone on to tenure track appointments at Stanford, U.N.C. Chapel Hill, Yale, Tufts, N.Y.U., U.C. San Diego, the University of Maryland, Georgetown University, University of Pittsburgh, and U.C. Davis. For more information about our former postdocs, please visit

Interested applicants should send electronic versions of a CV, job market paper, and cover letter. Applications that do not include all three items will not be considered. We also strongly encourage you to submit a letter of recommendation from your advisor, which will do much to support your application, but this is not required. Your cover letter should describe in some detail the research you would pursue during a year at CGD, and signal your willingness to move to Washington for one year (an important selection criterion). Preference will be given to candidates whose research interests align with CGD’s—which is to say that they should bear some connection, broadly interpreted, to the effect of high-income countries’ public or private sectors on low-income countries. All materials should be sent to Ms. Ellen Mackenzie at with “Post-Doctoral Research Fellow” in the subject line.

Application deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017

CGD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All persons regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age or sexual orientation shall have equal access to positions, limited only by their ability to do the job.