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Research Fellows Program

The Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) Research Fellows Program supports high-potential candidates for graduate programs 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. Learn about our current fellows.

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.

Applying to the program

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. All fellowships are advertised through the EPoD jobs page and the website of our partner organization, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab.

Responsibilities
Statistical analysis; cleaning and managing datasets; project management; support of field research activities and other supporting tasks for research projects.

Qualifications
Bachelor's/master's 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
1. Send an email to Deanna Ford, copying jobs@poverty-action.org and following these instructions exactly: In the subject line, put your full name, first (given) name followed by last (family) name. Please attach ONLY your CV. In the email body, copy exactly the following position line: 100836 Research Fellow – EPoD Research Fellows Program. Please do not include any text besides the position line(s) in the body of the e-mail. Adding extra text will interfere with the processing of your application.
2. You must also complete the J-PAL/IPA common application indicating that you are interested in applying for a "Type 1" position.

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EPoD Fellow Jonathan Holmes presents his work.

EPoD Fellow Aletheia Donald on a research trip to Sierra Leone.