06AUG - Research Associate - Wadhwani Chair in India Studies, CSIS - Deadline: N/A



Organization Description

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decisionmakers concerned with global security and prosperity.  Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of some 200 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.


1616 Rhode Island Ave NW

Washington, DC 20036


Job Description

CSIS is seeking a Research Associate to join the Wadhwani Chair in U.S. India Policy Studies.  The Research Associate is responsible for assisting in the development, research, and writing of reports and projects undertaken by the program. Responsibilities cross all program components, including analysis, research, and speaking at public events.  

The Wadhwani Chair was created in 2011 to help shape U.S. engagement with India.  The program behaves much like a private sector entity with important deliverables, sometimes frenetic activity, and a rewarding purpose.  The program is also entrepreneurial, constantly searching for helpful ways to apply its knowledge base to improve U.S. India relations.  A successful candidate must possess the flexibility to change course quickly, to operate with minimal day-to-day supervision, be capable of independent evaluation of critical issues, and write in a concise, executive-style format.

Job Responsibilities

• Monitors trends and developments in program interest areas, and provides updates to program staff;

• Contributes to the overall research agenda through research, data and trend analysis, and project development;

• Contributes to the grant proposal process in order to secure support and funding for new project initiatives;

• Helps lead research work by interns and other junior staff;

• Supports development of new project ideas;  

• Provides written analysis for project areas, reports, occasional commentaries,

• Plans and coordinates roundtables, meetings, briefings, and other events as related

Job Requirements

• Master’s degree or at least five years of significant research, analysis, and administrative experience;

• Knowledge of India’s economic and/ or security environment, and U.S. engagement therein;

• Knowledge of India’s state political-economies is helpful, though not critical;

• Strong research and strong writing skills are required, including the ability to write, assess, and edit analytical reports, policy recommendations, commentaries, etc.  Such writing should be in a short, punchy, concise format- brevity is welcomed;

• Should possess strong communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively present information in a public setting;

• An understanding of the Washington policy community is highly desirable as is the ability to work collaboratively with other programs in a think tank institution.


The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Performances of duties require the use of hands and fingers to handle or feel. The job frequently requires ability to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.  Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

How to Apply

To apply, interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample at https://www5.apply2jobs.com/CSIS.

Deadline -  N/A


Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.