Research Associate, Asia Studies - Council on Foreign Relations

Posted: January 2015

Location: New York

Type: Full TimeDepartment: David Rockefeller Studies Program

Title: Research Associate, Asia Studies

Salary: Based upon education and experience

CFR’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 aims to advance the discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs through its writing, publications, public outreach, and discussions.

The Research Associate will work under the direction of the Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies and Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program.  The major responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to):

  • Researching specific areas as requested by the Fellow. Tracking both English and Chinese language news and data sources on technology, innovation, and cybersecurity.

  • Handling writing assignments, including research findings summaries and business writing.

  • Providing administrative support to the Fellow, including answering telephones, handling correspondence, and responding to media requests.

  • Coordinating events, including arranging mailings, preparing invitations, making travel arrangements, scheduling, corresponding with speakers and presiders, helping to prepare background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support.

  • Managing budgets, including preparing budgets and tracking monthly statements, monitoring grant information and writing reports and requests, creating and updating Excel spreadsheets, and preparing vouchers for reimbursement.

  • Assisting the fellow with social media outreach, including publishing a blog, website, video, and/or using social media applications such as Twitter, Google+, etc., as needed


  • BA degree in International Relations or a related field, with high academic credentials and a concentration on Chinese studies (MA degree a plus) 

  • Advanced Mandarin Chinese language skills are required, with the ability to conduct research with Chinese language materials (familiarity with the Chinese Internet, bulletin boards, and social networking sites a plus)

  • 1 year related administrative and/or internship experience

  • Strong research, proofreading, and editing skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and Email, including advanced functions such as mail merge

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations is a leading nonprofit membership organization, research center, and publisher, with headquarters in New York, offices in Washington, D.C., and programs nationwide.  It is dedicated to increasing America’s understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy.  The Council’s 4300+ members are leaders in international affairs and foreign policy.  The Council also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent magazine on global issues, and provides up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on the Council’s award winning website,

Qualified candidates should email, fax, or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the address below.  PLEASE INCLUDE THE POSITION NAME IN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL.  The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.       

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893