2016 CIPE /Atlas Corp Think Tank LINKS Fellowship for Young Professionals from Developing Countries, USA (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: August 15th 2015
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, Fellows will be enrolled in a professional development training program and join a growing network of nonprofit leaders from around the world.

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.

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.

  • 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 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.

Responsibilities of Think Tank LINKS Fellows:

  • 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 (www.cipe.org/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.

How to apply:

  • Submit an online application at: bit.ly/FellowApplication.
  • Select « Atlas Corps-CIPE Think Tank LINKS Fellowship » as the response to the question, « Please let us know where you learned about Atlas Corps.”
  • Attach a writing sample (in English) that demonstrates your research, writing, and analytical skills. It should be in Word document or PDF file, and it should be no more than 10 pages.
  • Follow the instructions on the application to attach two (2) letters of recommendations from individuals who know you in a professional capacity and 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 More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Atlas Corps-CIPE Think Tank LINKS Fellowship


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