About the Position

The Reimagining the Economy Project, in collaboration with the Center for International Development, is looking to hire 2 postdoctoral fellows for a one-year fellowship, to work on industrial policy in developing countries. We are interested in how different countries are using industrial policy to target specific sectors, job creation, and innovation, as well as the underlying institutional structures and state capacity to implement such policy. The fellow will join a tight-knit research community at CID. During the fellowship period, fellows will be expected to work on an academic paper (or book), write blogs, participate in workshops and study groups, and engage with the broader student and research community at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Postdoctoral Fellows will receive a stipend to be in residence at Harvard Kennedy School starting September 2024 until August 2025. Alternative dates may be considered.

The CID Visiting Postdoctoral Fellowship is located at the Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, MA. Fellows will have the opportunity to attend community events, seminars, and meetings, exchange best practices and ideas, discuss research, and network with the broader CID and HKS community.

Successful applicants must: 

  • Have received their PhD within five years of the fellowship’s start date (ideally in Economics or Public Policy), ideally from a developing country
  • Prior research or background in some of the questions we’re interested in
  • Be willing to relocate to Cambridge, MA, for the entirety of the fellowship
  • Have strong English oral and written communication skills
  • Have demonstrated academic excellence

About the Reimagining the Economy Project

The Reimagining the Economy Project is an economics-centered, multidisciplinary initiative. RTE is based at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, with links to the Center for International Development and the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy. We use the theoretical and empirical tools of economics but are also informed and enriched by the thinking in other disciplines. Our ultimate goal is to go beyond the analysis of how our current economy works to piece together new structures, governance mechanisms, and forms of market economy and capitalism. We combine analyses of existing arrangements with an examination of alternative designs for market institutions. We undertake studies of economic transformation at all levels: local, regional, national, and global. And we attempt to bring together analyses of the range of public inputs that generate inclusive prosperity – from finance and firm support to workforce development.

About the Center for International Development

Housed at the Harvard Kennedy School, CID works across Harvard University and a global network of researchers and practitioners to build, convene, and deploy talent to address the world’s most pressing challenges. Through CID’s faculty affiliates, programs, fellows, students, and staff, our research center invests in growing development thinkers and doers by building a global pool of talent, convening academic and practitioner networks, and deploying breakthrough research. At CID, we are committed to move us beyond poverty to a world that delivers maximum value for all. We believe together we can design and implement policies that help everyone realize their full potential.

How to Apply

Visit the application portal and follow these instructions:

  • Enter your email, first name, last name, and details about your Ph.D. in the fields provided
  • Attach the following documents:
  1. CV
  2. Statement of interest (no more than 1 page)
  3. An excerpt from a single-authored academic writing sample, 5 pages or less
  4. Contact information for three academic or professional references
  • We value having a diverse research team and encourage applications from women, people of color and from other groups which historically have been underrepresented in the field of economics. 
  • The final application deadline is March 10, 2024
Industrial Policy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship