Foreign Policy Research Assistant

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs - Harvard University
  • Location
    Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Mar 14

Position description

Research Assistant, Harvard’s Belfer Center

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is seeking candidates for the role of Research Assistant. The Belfer Center is the hub for Harvard University’s research, teaching, and training in international security affairs. In 2019, it was ranked the world’s #1 university-affiliated think-tank for the sixth year in a row.

Research Assistants support Graham Allison, the Douglas Dillon Professor of Government at the Harvard Kennedy School, in conducting in-depth research on topics such as US foreign policy and strategy; China; defense and intelligence policy; global nuclear security and nonproliferation; and a range of other major international security issues.

The Research Assistant works closely with other members of a small research team and plays a key role in developing research products, including policy memos, op-eds, journal articles, and book chapters, and performs related job duties as required.


  • Candidates must have significant knowledge of, and interest in, current international security issues; exceptional writing skills; basic quantitative proficiency; and a demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision under tight deadlines.
  • A master’s degree in a relevant field is preferred, though we will consider candidates who have a bachelor’s degree with extraordinary academic or professional credentials.
  • At least one year of related work experience is required, along with demonstrated knowledge of various research methods and statistical techniques. Relevant coursework may count toward experience.
  • Candidates with a research background in China, economics, nuclear weapons, US politics, and/or the Middle East are encouraged to apply, but experience with these topics is not a requirement.
  • For one of the positions, however, we are looking for someone with a background in economics, and if possible, some background in China. 
  • Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

Application instructions

Send the following materials to [email protected]:

(1) Cover letter of 300 words or less

(2) One-page résumé

(3) Official or unofficial transcript PDF

(4) Analytic writing sample of 20 pages or less

(5) Names and contact information for three references


Materials must be submitted by April 10, 2019. 

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