Research Associate, International Institutions and Global Governance


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. The mandate of the International Institutions and Global Governance (IIGG) program is to identify major gaps in multilateral approaches to existing and emerging global challenges and to propose creative but practical solutions to advance international cooperation in a turbulent, fast-changing era.

The Research Associate will work under the direction of the Senior Fellow and will work closely with the Assistant Director on projects related to international institutions and global governance.

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

• Providing administrative support to the senior fellow, including scheduling appointments, handling phone calls, travel arrangements, and drafting correspondence
• Researching specific areas, including international environmental cooperation, for articles, opinion pieces, book chapters, Council reports, and other publications, as requested by the senior fellow
• Drafting newsletters on updates to website
• Providing periodic administrative support for the Council of Councils initiative, a transnational network of 28 global think tanks, including preparation for the annual conference, regional conference, and ongoing projects
• Coordinating events, including preparing invitations, travel arrangements, corresponding with speakers and presiders, helping to prepare background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support
• Assisting with the drafting, proofreading, and editing of written material
• Assisting in managing budgets, including tracking monthly statements, monitoring grant information, writing reports and requests, creating and updating Excel spreadsheets, and preparing vouchers for reimbursement
• Assisting fellow with social media outreach, including publishing a blog, website, video, and/or using social media applications such as Twitter, as needed
• Supporting other fellows and departments, upon request


• Degree in International Relations, Political Science, or related social sciences field, with high academic achievement.
• Expertise on a broad array of multilateral institutions and global challenges, ideally including international environmental cooperation
• 1+ year related research and administrative experience
• Excellent computer skills, including MS Word, Excel, and Internet research
• Excellent research, writing, and editing skills
• Strong organizational skills and high attention to detail

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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