Research Assistant Position, Rising Power Alliances Project (4 positions)

The Fletcher School research project on Rising Power Alliances examines the changing nature of alliances/coalitions in global governance, with a focus on rising power alignments and the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) group. We are looking for four research assistants to work with the project’s researchers on these tasks: collecting cases and data on BRICS countries’ engagement in international institutions; helping construct a database of agreements and interactions among BRICS countries; coding text data, doing basic data analysis using Excel; identifying, analyzing and translating (if applicable) policy documents from BRICS countries; mapping and visualizations; editing and preparing papers for publication and other research tasks.

Desired background/expertise: Interest/experience with foreign/defense policies of any of the BRICS countries and the study of international institutions; preference for students with strong data collection skills, detail-oriented approach to numeric and textual data; strong writing skills (in English), ability to speak and read Chinese, Portuguese and Russian is a plus; must be able to meet deliverables in the right format and on time.

Salary is $17 per hour for MALDs and $20 per hour for PhDs and minimum commitment is 8-10 hours per week through the 2019 Fall semester (September 20, 2019 to December 20, 2019). Possibility of renewal is based on project needs and performance. Working hours are flexible so work can be completed online any time during the week, and hours can be adjusted during exams.

Application instructions: Please submit one paragraph outlining how you can contribute to the project and your CV to Sara Rosales ( by Friday, September 13. We will contact the candidates we select for interviews. If we do not reach out, please know that there will be more openings as we proceed with the project. If you have any questions, please contact Zhen (Arc) Han at Thank you for your interest!