Ralph Bunche Fellow or Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies


The David Rockefeller Studies Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is seeking to fill the Ralph Bunche Chair. The Council established the chair in 2003 to further research that identifies the major challenges and opportunities facing Africa and that provides concrete, tangible policy recommendations for enabling African countries to achieve their potential. The fellow or senior fellow selected to hold the Ralph Bunche chair will be expected to conduct original research and writing on the major issues affecting African countries. This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual looking to shape the national conversation on U.S. policy toward Africa. 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 issues facing Africa generally and individual countries specifically, and identifying possible 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 Africa. The position is open with respect to specialization in specific countries.
  • An established publication record on African countries and issues affecting Africa.
  • 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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