Yale Postdoctoral Fellowships in Refugee Migration in Bangladesh at Yale University

Location: New Haven, CT

Yale University (The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale) seeks to appoint a Post-Doctoral Associate to conduct research and fieldwork in development economics and applied microeconomics. The Post-Doctoral Associate will gain experience in primary data collection and in conducting and publishing on field experiments in Bangladesh and other developing countries. The Post-Doctoral Associate will collaborate as co-principal investigator with Yale University Professor of Economics Mushfiq Mobarak, as well as with other scholars doing empirical research at top-tier academic institutions. During the appointment, the Post-Doctoral Associate will have the opportunities not only to develop, but also to manage and publish on, these joint evaluations, paving the way for future careers in academic, private-sector, or public-sector roles.

This fellowship will be based at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut and will focus on setting up a data collection site at the Bangladesh/Myanmar border, focused on the Rohingya refugee community. The successful candidate will contribute to a pressing, policy-relevant research agenda by facilitating the development of new field projects, and will additionally have the chance to pursue original research opportunities. The data collection site is a core project of the Program on Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Humanitarian Responses, at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale. The fellow will be housed at the MacMillan Center.

The responsibilities of the fellow based at the MacMillan Center include, but are not limited to:

  • Managing, in close collaboration with local partners at Bangladesh, the setting up of the data-collection site at the Bangladesh/Myanmar border;
  • Starting up and overseeing the process of panel data collection at the site;
  • Designing questionnaires that collects all the main socioeconomic characteristics from respondents, with an interdisciplinary perspective;
  • Supervising field-based staff involved in the data collection;
  • Assisting with preparing special questionnaire modules in collaboration with Yale-affiliated researchers;
  • Drafting calls for proposals for piloting (CFPP) of grants for module development and travel by Yale researchers to the research site;
  • Managing the overall development of the data collection site, with the aim of reinforcing the vision and mission of the Program on Refugees, Forced Displacement and Humanitarian Responses;
  • Contributing to the activities of the Program on Refugees, Forced Displacement and Humanitarian Responses;
  • Teaching one undergraduate course at Yale on a topic relevant to the Program on Refugees, Forced Displacement and Humanitarian Responses.


Applications for this post-doctoral fellowship should meet the following criteria:

  • Education: A Ph.D. in economics, public policy, or other quantitative social science disciplines such as demography;
  • Significant training in and a strong technical understanding of economics and econometrics required;
  • Experience conducting field research, or managing/contributing to randomized evaluations preferred;
  • Management Skills: Proven ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously, successfully complete assigned tasks, and meet deadlines. Self-motivation and a willingness to work hard is essential for doing well in this position. Experience in managing teams and interacting with institutional partners strongly desired;
  • Quantitative Skills: Knowledge of data management, econometrics, and use of STATA or other data analysis software, required;
  • Communication Skills: Attention to detail and advanced writing and presentation skills for communicating policy lessons from academic papers in ways that policymakers understand. This requires clear, precise, non-technical writing, and creativity in presentation;
  • Language: English fluency required; Bangla a plus.


Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Complete applications must include a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, a research paper or job market paper, and contact information for three references (letters not required at application stage), and a document with either links to other research papers or a short research statement describing other ongoing research. Applicants should also submit a précis for the course that will be taught.