Fellow/ Senior Fellow for China Studies


The David Rockefeller Studies Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is seeking to hire a fellow or senior fellow for China Studies. China’s global prominence and impact is undisputed. The decisions that the Chinese leadership makes are felt far beyond Beijing, making it essential for Americans to understand the forces shaping China’s internal evolution and policy choices. The fellow or senior fellow for China Studies will be expected to conduct original research and writing either on China’s domestic development or its foreign policy. The position is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual looking to shape the conversation over what policies the United States should pursue toward China. The position will be assigned at either the fellow or senior fellow level, depending on the selected applicant’s credentials and accomplishments.

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

  • Writing books, articles, and op-eds.
  • Organizing and leading roundtables, study groups, and workshops at CFR on China’s domestic or foreign policies and identifying the consequences for the United States and possible U.S. policy responses.
  • Interacting with CFR’s distinguished membership and participating in CFR programs and activities.
  • Meeting with administration officials, members of Congress, their staffs, and other relevant groups to brief them on research findings and recommendations.
  • Educating a broader public audience through media interviews and public speaking.
  • Developing fundraising proposals for the program in collaboration with senior staff.


  • PhD in a relevant field, or equivalent experience in government, journalism, or business.
  • Demonstrated expertise on China, whether on its domestic or foreign policies.
  • An established publication record on China.
  • Strong research, writing, and speaking skills.
  • Experience mentoring junior staff preferred.

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, CFR.org.

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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