Careers

Open Positions

CFR offers exceptional opportunities for individuals at all levels in their careers, from recent graduates interested in our openings for research associates and program assistants to pursue a career in international relations, to skilled professionals in a service area such as development or information services.
Open Positions

Available Positions in New York or Washington, DC

Fellow/ Senior Fellow for International Economics and Finance 

The David Rockefeller Studies Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is seeking to hire a fellow or senior fellow for international economics and finance. The global economy and the international financial system are of critical importance for American prosperity and power, making it essential to explore questions such as the potential for a reversal of globalization, the future of the dollar as a reserve currency, and the likely future evolution of regimes governing international economic relations. The position, which is open with respect to subfield specialization, is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual looking to shape the conversation over what policies the United States should pursue in its economic engagement with the world. The selected candidate will be expected to produce original, policy-relevant research. The position will be assigned at either the fellow or senior fellow level, depending on the selected applicant’s credentials and accomplishments.

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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. 

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Fellow/ Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia

The David Rockefeller Studies Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is seeking to hire a fellow or senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia. The position is focused on India, which is increasing its global prominence and impact. The decisions that India makes are felt across South Asia and beyond, making it essential for Americans to understand the forces shaping India’s internal evolution and policy choices. The selected candidate will be expected to conduct original research and write either on India’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 India, Pakistan, and South Asia more broadly. 

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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. 

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Available Positions in New York

Assistant to the Vice President, National Program & Outreach 

The Assistant to the Vice President of CFR’s National Program & Outreach department will provide administrative support to department leadership and work closely with fellow National Program team members to assist with programming ideas and execution. All CFR events are currently being held virtually, and the staff is working on a fully remote basis until at least September 2021. When in-person work resumes, this position will be based in CFR’s New York office.

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Assistant Editor, Education 

The Council on Foreign Relations is creating innovative educational resources, which seek to equip students and the interested public with the skills, knowledge, and perspective—the global literacy—required to understand the forces, ideas, and institutions that shape our world. These resources include World101, a growing library of multimedia primers explaining the fundamentals of international relations and U.S. foreign policy; and Model Diplomacy, a multimedia simulation program that invites participants to role-play in the context of National Security Council and UN Security Council meetings. Both products come with an array of teaching resources and activities aimed at high school and college instructors and their students. The Assistant Editor, Education will work under the direction of the Senior Editor, Education to help create, produce, and manage a growing range of multimedia content. Current opportunities are on a fully remote basis through September 2021.

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Research Associate, Latin America

The Council’s Studies Program is one of the country’s largest foreign policy think tanks with a widely respected and influential research staff. The Studies Program’s aim is to advance the discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs through its writing, publications, public outreach, and discussions. The Research Associate will report to the Vice President, Deputy Director of Studies, and Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies. The Fellow’s current work examines general themes relating to Latin America and the Western Hemisphere, including political and economic trends, security, energy, and immigration with a significant portion of the work focusing on economic, social, and political developments in Mexico. The Fellow’s work also analyzes international trade, global supply chains, and industrial policy. Current opportunities are on a fully remote basis through September 2021.

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Senior Writer, Education

The Council on Foreign Relations is creating innovative educational resources, which seek to equip students and the interested public with the skills, knowledge, and perspective—the global literacy—required to understand the forces, ideas, and institutions that shape our world. These resources include World101, a growing library of multimedia primers explaining the fundamentals of international relations and U.S. foreign policy; and Model Diplomacy, a multimedia simulation program that invites participants to role-play in the context of National Security Council and UN Security Council meetings. Both products come with an array of teaching resources and activities aimed at high school and college instructors and their students. Working under the supervision of senior management in the Education Department, the Senior Writer will collaborate with a small editorial team to research, pitch, and create multimedia lessons developed as part of CFR’s World101 course. Current opportunities are on a fully remote basis through September 2021.

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Staff Editor, Foreign Affairs

The Council on Foreign Relations is looking for a Staff Editor to join the Foreign Affairs editorial team. This is an exciting opportunity to join a fast-paced team dedicated to publishing expert analysis of current events. The new editor will serve as a general article editor working on both print and online articles. The job will involve editing pieces, generating story ideas, and assisting with other publication-related tasks. Current opportunities are on a fully remote basis through September 2021.

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Available Positions in Washington, DC

Assistant Director, Center for Preventive Action

The Center for Preventive Action (CPA) seeks to help prevent, defuse, or resolve deadly conflicts around the world and to expand the body of knowledge on conflict prevention. It does so by creating a forum in which representatives of governments, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, corporations, and civil society can gather to develop operational and timely strategies for promoting peace in specific conflict situations. The center focuses on conflicts in countries or regions that affect U.S. interests, but may be otherwise overlooked; where prevention appears possible; and when the resources of the Council on Foreign Relations can make a difference

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Deputy Managing Editor, Think Global Health

The Council’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’s aim is to advance the discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs through its writing, publications, public outreach, and discussions.

Think Global Health is a CFR-sponsored online magazine that examines the ways that health shapes economies, societies, and everyday lives around the world. In its first nine months of operation, the site has published more than 300 articles from nearly 300 authors, representing over fifty countries on six continents, and it has attracted more than 1.7 million pageviews. Major news outlets, such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, BBC, Vox, New York Magazine, and many others, have shared and linked Think Global Health articles and interviews.

Under the direction of the Director of the Global Health Program, the Deputy Managing Editor will be responsible for managing daily operations for the magazine, writing content, coordinating the work of contributors, and editing.

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Investment Associate

The Investment Associate will work closely with the Chief Investment Officer and Director of Investments supporting the daily functioning of the CFR Investment Team.  The Investment Team is responsible for the oversight, management, and monitoring of the endowment assets as well as advising the Investment Committee in establishing risk and return objectives and investment policy. CFR is supported by a $500 million endowment portfolio which is allocated across 20+ external money managers investing in a diverse array of asset classes and strategies including global equity, hedge funds, private equity, and real assets.

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How to Apply

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Contact

For more information, please contact humanresources@cfr.org

New York Office

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Washington Office

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