Postdoctoral Fellow in International Development

University of Notre Dame: Keough School of Global Affairs: Kellogg Institute for International Studies


Notre Dame, IN

Open Date

Dec 21, 2020


Mar 31, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time


The Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in International Development. The position offers the opportunity to join a vibrant community of applied researchers with a strong record of publication and policy impact.

The successful candidate will produce empirical economic research to inform policymaking in low- and middle-income countries, with an aim to publish in high-quality academic journals (general interest and/or development). The ideal candidate will be someone who pays attention to details and values rigor. Teaching will be optional.

The position is open to a candidate who has recently earned a Ph.D. in Economics, Public Policy, or other quantitative social sciences relevant to international development. Command of applied econometrics methods is expected (e.g. quasi-experimental methods, RCTs, administrative data, survey methods, etcā€¦), and so are written and verbal communication skills.

The successful candidate is expected to participate in the research activities of The Ford Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity.For over 10 years, the Ford Family Program has been dedicated to research, teaching, and service that promotes integral human development, a holistic model of flourishing rooted in each person’s human dignity and full potential. With the goal of understanding the challenges and aspirations of people living in extreme poverty around the developing world, the Program conducts and supports research that grows out of engagement with local communities. Ford Program research initiatives, which are conducted both with a variety of University of Notre Dame faculty and with local partners, have been centered primarily in East Africa, but more recently its research has extended into other parts of the world.

The Ford Program is situated within the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, which has for over 35 years been a leading center for interdisciplinary research and programming on issues of democracy and human development. The Kellogg Institute is one of the principal constitutive units of the University of Notre Dameā€™s Keough School of Global Affairs. Oriented toward research, teaching, and service dedicated to the advancement of integral human development, the Keough School promotes interdisciplinary research on critical issues in global affairs, offers a professional masterā€™s degree and undergraduate degrees, and supports doctoral programs.

Application Instructions

The target start date for the position is summer 2021, with some flexibility on the exact start date. Successful performance in this role can lead to a variety of longer-term career options including faculty positions, or careers in policy think tanks and/or development organizations.

Submit application through Interfolio. Required applications materials: a curriculum vitae, an academic paper, a short research statement, three recommendation letters.

Direct all questions to Prof. Patrizio Piraino (

We will interview candidates virtually starting from mid-January 2021 but will keep the call open for submissions until the end of March 2021 (if the position is not filled before). The position is eligible for visa sponsorship.institution logo

Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio’s Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality faculty, staff and administration.  The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace.  We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates and those candidates attracted to a university with a Catholic identity.  Moreover, Notre Dame prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).

Background Check 

This appointment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.  Applicants will be asked to identify all felony convictions and/or pending felony charges.  Felony convictions do not automatically bar an individual from employment.  Each case will be examined separately to determine the appropriateness of employment in the particular position.  Failure to be forthcoming or dishonesty with respect to felony disclosures can result in the disqualification of a candidate.  The full procedure can be viewed at

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