Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship At Center for Global Development

The Center for Global Development (CGD) is now accepting applications for its Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship program. The Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at Center for Global Development is a one-year term appointment. This runs from mid-2021 to mid-2022, with the precise dates flexible.

Eligibility Criteria

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. CGD’s 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.

How To Apply For The Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship

Interested applicants should submit a CV, job market paper, and cover letter. Applications that do not include all three items will not be considered. 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.

Also, you need to submit a letter of recommendation from your adviser, which will do much to support your application. After submitting your application online, candidates will receive an email with a link to submit recommendation letters. This link can be shared directly with your adviser, if you choose.

Fellowship Benefits

The salary for this position is $75,000 USD.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CGD continues to work remotely. CGD has implemented a fully virtual onboarding process. So, as a candidate, you should be comfortable working productively in a remote environment. Flexibility to adapt to shifting priorities and tasks will be key. CGD can only employ staff living in DC, Maryland, or Virginia. Candidates who cannot relocate to the area, even while the office remains closed, cannot be considered at this time.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document upon hire. CGD is able to sponsor work authorization for this position.


CDG will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, parental status, or veteran status.

For more information, visit the Center for Global Development (CGD) Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship web page.

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