IRC Zolberg Fellowship: Behavioral Science

  • Spring
  • New York
  • Applications have closed

The Zolberg Institute is pleased to open applications to join the Spring 2019 cohort of Zolberg – IRC Fellows. The deadline to apply is January 11, 2019. Please submit a cover letter, CV and three work samples (writing and/or design portfolio) as one single PDF to Cayce Pack <> with the position for which you are applying clearly in the subject line.

Project Name: Cross-cutting Behavioral Insights Portfolio

Team: Airbel and REL

4Project Aim: The fellow would work on a cross-cutting portfolio of behavioral insights projects based on their skills and abilities. These can include: supporting to develop a behavioral insights evidence review which will be shared with country teams in an interactive workshop format; supporting the (behavioral) design of prototypes for early childhood development interventions which will run in parallel with Sesame in Iraq/Lebanon, supporting the behavioral analysis and design of the Leave No Girl Behind program in Pakistan.

The fellow will have the opportunity to work in a cross-cutting function with potential exposure to multiple projects. They will have the opportunity to make suggestions to programs based on evidence from the behavioral sciences, and to play an active role in project design.

Potential deliverables:

  • Designing interactive prototypes; and
  • Presenting evidence reviews to IRC staff and country teams.

Potential travel involved: There are opportunities for field visits depending upon needs and pending security clearance.

Student skill sets sought: Behavioral science; design thinking, research, and strategy; relevant sectoral knowledge or expertise, such as psychology, decision-making, economics, etc.

IRC staff mentor: Karen Tan

As with all Zolberg IRC Fellowships, Fellows will have the opportunity to work on research, policy communications, and applied innovation projects in areas like migration & protection, education in emergencies, and creative applications of technology or finance to solve grand humanitarian challenges.

Fellows will benefit from the mentorship of the Zolberg leadership—humanitarian professionals from the UNHCR and UNICEF— and the opportunity to work alongside specialists at the New York headquarters of the International Rescue Committee.

Fellows will develop discrete skills (human centered design, behavioral science, machine learning) with the potential for travel and field work to IRC’s 25 domestic offices and 30+ country programs. Fellows will participate in regular knowledge exchange with the Zolberg Institute community. Fellows will also gain access to the ever-growing Zolberg Fellows alumni network, with opportunities to present on work, gain collaborations and connections, and project funding.

This is an excellent opportunity for early career scholars, future humanitarian leaders, transdisciplinary designers, and others to bridge theory and practice and turn ideas into action.