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The International Crisis Group (Crisis Group) and the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project (ESOC) seek applicants for a Postdoctoral Fellowship position. This position provides the opportunity to work closely with Crisis Group experts and ESOC academic researchers. The fellowship will entail policy research and analysis, and engagement with policymakers and other conflict actors to prevent, resolve or better manage deadly conflict; it also will involve long-term empirical research on the economic and political drivers of conflict. The fellow will contribute directly to Crisis Group reports. We are particularly interested in how conflict relates to natural resource extraction, though we will consider a focus on other thematic issues as well. We are open to geographic focuses on the countries/regions Crisis Group covers across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East (see

The fellow will be primarily based in one of Crisis Group’s offices in New York, DC or London – with travel as needed for the field research — or in a Crisis Group regional office as appropriate based on geographic focus area. In addition, the fellow will regularly visit ESOC members relevant to their research and actively collaborate with a multi-university team of scholars who are conducting cutting edge research on the causes and consequences of politically motivated conflict through the production, aggregation, and dissemination of high-resolution data on historical and current conflicts.


We seek candidates with exceptional potential to thrive in a demanding policy role while advancing their own cutting edge research. Candidates should be on track to complete a PhD in economics, political science, public policy or a related discipline by June 2019, or have recently completed their PhD. Preference will be given to scholars with a successful track record of international field research and econometric analysis in the areas of political violence, governance, or development, and demonstrated experience and interest in policy analysis. Relevant language skills and regional experience will be taken into account. Past fellowship recipients include Mica Sviatschi(Assistant Professor, Princeton Economics), Renard Sexton (Assistant Professor, Emory Political Science – 2019) and Ceren Baysan(Assistant Professor, Essex Economics – 2019).

Applications should include a letter of introduction of no more than 3 pages, a CV, and contact information for three references. The cover letter should address both regional and thematic interests.

A competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and excellent benefits will be offered. The start date is negotiable but no sooner than 1 April 2019.

Screening of applications will begin on November 1 and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. All applications must be received by 1 February 2019.

Potential applicants unfamiliar with ESOC’s research program are welcome to contact Assistant Professor Tarek Ghani( or Professor Jacob N. Shapiro ( with questions and to visit to learn more.


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