LINKS Fellowships for Young Professionals, Washington DC

Deadline: 15 Jule 2014
Open to: talented young professionals with strong research background who are at 35 years of age or younger, and who have a degree in Economics, Public Policy, Finance, or a related field
Fellowship: provides Fellows with stipend, international travel; monthly living stipend that covers basic housing, food, and transportation for one person, plus logistical support regarding visa


CIPE and Atlas Corps have jointly launched the new Think Tank LINKS (Leaders, Innovators, and Knowledge Sharing) Fellowship. This innovative, all-expenses paid program is an opportunity for talented young professionals from developing countries with strong research backgrounds to shadow leading U.S. think tanks for six months. In addition, the fellows will be enrolled in a professional development training program and will join a growing network of nonprofit leaders from all over the globe.
Fellows will be based at leading think tanks in Washington, DC area for six months (January through July). They will serve 40 hours per week at their host think tanks, focused on a mutually agreed-upon research topic that relates to democratic and/or economic reforms. Fellows are expected to publish their research during the program through articles, blogs, and presentations.


CIPE and Atlas Corps are looking for qualified candidates who have:

  • Demonstrated research background relating to issues of democracy and/or economic reform;
  • Bachelors degree or higher, preferably in Economics, Public Policy, Finance, or a related field;
  • At least two (2) years of professional experiences with proven record of research-based work;
  • Proficiency in English (both in writing and speaking);
  • Age 35 or younger;
  • Currently working for a think tank, policy research institution, or a similar organization.

The applicant could not apply to serve in a country of residence!

After the initial screening by CIPE and Atlas Corps, top applicants will be interviewed and selected by the respective Host Organization’s staff. Preference will be given to non-OECD applicants.

Responsibilities of Think Tank LINKS Fellows are to:

  • Conduct research on a topic that relates to democratic or economic reforms;
  • Produce research results that meet the thematic and quality criteria set by CIPE, Atlas Corps, and the host think tank;
  • Contribute to CIPE’s Development Blog ( to highlight key findings;
  • Participate in Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab training sessions;
  •  Attend orientation, roundtable discussions, and other activities as required by CIPE, Atlas Corps, and the host think tank;
  • If selected, pay a USD $250 participation fee, which will be returned upon successful completion of the fellowship
  • Return to home country after the fellowship.


CIPE and Atlas Corps will provide fellows with logistical support regarding visa, health insurance, stipend, and international travel. Fellows will also receive a monthly living stipend that covers basic housing, food, and transportation for one person.
Selected candidates are expected to pay for their travel to the U.S. Embassy and pay the initial visa expenses. If the visa is approved, CIPE and Atlas Corps will reimburse your visa fees, but not the travel to the Embassy.
Fellows are required to contribute a $250 participation fee. If a Fellow ends the program in good standing, they will receive a $500 end of service award. The end of service award is given for successfully fulfilling the responsibilities and expectations of being a Think Tank LINKS Fellow. There is no cost to apply to be a Fellow. The $250 participation fee will only be collected from applicants who are matched with an organization and accepted as a Think Tank LINKS Fellow.

How to apply?

  1. Start the application process online HERE by signing up and logging in.
  2. You will be required to attach a writing sample (in English) that demonstrates your research, writing, and analytic skills. It should be in Word document or PDF file, and it should be no more than 10 pages.
  3. Follow the instructions on the application to attach two (2) letters of recommendations from individuals who know your capacities in terms of being professional and as per professional development, and who can write about your skills and experiences as well as your potential for success as a Think Tank LINKS Fellow. One of the letters should be from your current employer.

For further information about the fellowship and application process contact:
Maiko Nakagaki (CIPE), Program Officer, 202.721.9243,
Dave Moss (Atlas Corps), Partnerships Manager, 202.263.4568,

The official webpage

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