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 aims 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 director of the CFR Global Health Program and Think Global Health (TGH), CFR’s online magazine devoted to examining how changes in health shape economies, societies, and everyday lives.

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

  • Research specific issues in global health as requested, including emerging issues at the intersection of global health, international trade, and economic development
  • Track news and policy developments
  • Assist in the preparation, drafting, and editing of articles, policy briefs, book chapters, data interactives, newsletters, and other written material
  • Assist in analyzing data and preparing graphics for TGH, presentations, publications, 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
  • Assisting 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, etc., as needed
  • Support the program director in his management of the Global Health program
  • 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, R, or another comparable program 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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