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Chatham House looks for a European Programme Research Fellow

Chatham House 2-3y Junior Level  Anywhere 3 May 2019

Job Description


The Europe Programme are looking to recruit a Research Fellow. We are seeking an ambitious, creative, and motivated researcher to develop a new and innovative programme of work on the future of the European Union. You will have a developed thematic specialism, in-depth knowledge of the politics of a major member state or region of the EU, relevant language fluency, and familiarity with key debates on European integration.

In this role, you will help develop the programme’s research activities and resources in conjunction with a small, dedicated team. You will be expected to design, develop and deliver research projects, including fundraising, working within the team, and with partners and supporters. You will undertake independent research that will further enhance our geographical and thematic coverage, while supporting the programme in existing projects and research activities. You will bolster our public presence through writing and speaking engagements.

Chatham House is an equal-opportunity employer which values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. If we can provide assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please contact us on [email protected]




  • You will conceive, design and deliver research projects in your area of expertise, collaborating with colleagues in the institute and partner organisations
  • You will produce high quality policy-relevant analysis, for publication by the institute – including reports, research papers, op-eds and other short form analysis – and consider innovative ways to communicate research findings
  • You will contribute to the overall work and purpose of Chatham House especially as we approach the centenary of the institute.


  • You will provide support to research events, conferences and roundtables, utilizing your knowledge and network to develop dynamic agendas with high-profile speakers and participants.
  • You will represent Chatham House at events and conferences.

Project Management:

  • You will define and deliver projects, including outlining objectives, goals and outputs and setting timelines for project activities (e.g. research, events and publications).
  • Establish and maintain networks and links with key individuals, businesses, and institutions relevant to your research.
  • Coordinate the work of other project participants and partners (both internal and external).


  • Working with colleagues, you will identify and pursue relevant research funding and take responsibility for projects in collaboration with other members of the Europe team and research staff at Chatham House.
  • You will use your network of contacts to build relationships and create momentum around your projects.
  • You will prepare and submit applications to funders and sponsors while maintaining and strengthening relationships with existing supporters


Ideal Experience:

  • You have experience researching and writing analysis and policy recommendations for diverse audiences, along with experience writing for academic journals or comparable peer-reviewed publications.
  • You have been involved in successful applications for research grants and/or managed the delivery of grant-funded research and can collaborate effectively with project donors and supporters.
  • You have experience managing the delivery of communications and outreach activities, including identifying creative solutions to present research in innovative ways.

Essential skills and qualifications:

  • You have demonstrable expertise on the European Union (based on academic research and/or comparable professional experience) and specifically in one thematic topic or particular country/region
  • You have excellent interpersonal skills and the capacity to build relationships both internally and with external organizations.
  • You have excellent communication skills, able to present information and arguments persuasively, including in the media.
  • You have the ability to successfully raise funds for research and projects with a solid network of policy and funding contacts.
  • You have strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability to work methodically while logically prioritizing obligations.
  • You are dedicated, ambitious, collegiate and collaborative.
  • A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent experience in foreign policy research or an adjacent field.


Benefits include approximately 37 days annual leave (inclusive of public holidays and Chatham House closure days), pension scheme, employee assistance programme, life assurance, staff canteen providing complimentary tea and coffee and lunch, and other benefits designed to suit your own personal lifestyle. All of this, in a professional, engaging and intellectually stimulating environment.

Closing date: Tuesday 14th May 2019 at 09:00am

  • To apply, please submit your CV/Resume and a covering letter explaining why you are applying for the role
  • We will review applications on an ongoing basis. Applicants should therefore apply as soon as they can
  • Please note we are able to seek sponsorship for this role
  • Salary range: 41,000-45,000 dependent on experience
  • This is a permanent, full time role of 35 hours per week
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