Council on Foreign Relations

Research Associate, Global Health, Economics, and Development

David Rockefeller Studies Program


CFR’s David Rockefeller Studies Program is one of the country’s largest foreign policy think tanks, with a widely respected and influential research staff.  The Studies Program’s aim is to advance the discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs through its writing, publications, public outreach, and discussions.


As part of the Studies Program, the Research Associate will support the work of the Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development.

The major responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to):

  • Conduct research on emerging issues at the intersection of global health, international trade, and economic development for articles and CFR publications
  • Track news and policy developments
  • Assist in the preparation of policy briefs and data interactives, contribute to blogs, and assist with the editing and proofreading of articles and other written material
  • Assist in analyzing data and preparing graphics for blog posts, presentations, and policy briefs. Coordinate events, including preparing invitations, making travel arrangements, corresponding with speakers and presiders, helping to prepare background materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support
  • Assist in managing budgets, including tracking monthly statements and grant information, drafting grant reports and requests, and preparing vouchers for reimbursement
  • Provide administrative support, including handling correspondence, scheduling media interviews, making travel arrangements, and responding to requests for information
  • Assist fellow with social media outreach, including publishing a blog, website, video, and/or using social media applications such as Twitter, Google+, etc., as needed
  • Provide support across departmental lines and for other fellows, upon request


  • BA or MA degree in international affairs, economics, public health, or other relevant field, with excellent academic credentials
  • Excellent writing and editing skills and the ability to summarize and communicate research results clearly
  • Strong organizational skills and high attention to detail
  • Demonstrate quantitative experience and skill with Stata is a plus
  • Good judgment, a can do attitude, and the ability to complete projects independently or with limited supervision
  • Excellent computer skills, including MS Word and Excel

About CFR

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is a leading nonprofit membership organization, research center, and publisher, with headquarters in New York, an office in Washington, DC, and programs nationwide. It is dedicated to increasing America's understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. CFR's 5,000+ members are leaders in international affairs and foreign policy. CFR also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent magazine on global issues, and provides up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on its award-winning website,


The Council on Foreign Relations offers a benefits package that is among the best offered by nonprofit institutions today, including an award-winning health and wellness program, an on-site fitness center, and generous leave policies and health insurance programs.


The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.


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