Accepting Applications: Global Economic Governance Fellows Program

Applications are open for the 2024/2025 Global Economic Governance Fellows Program.

The Global Economic Governance Initiative (GEGI) was founded in 2008 to advance policy-relevant research on international financial, trade and development institutions created in the aftermath of World War II that continue to play a leading role in global economic governance. Within GEGI, research is conducted across three thematic programs: development finance, financial stability and trade and investment rules. GEGI also focuses on emerging and cross-cutting challenges such as just transitions, financial stability and climate change. The Initiative hosts flagship programs, such as the Working Group on Trade Treaties and Access to Medicines and the Task Force on Climate, Development and the International Monetary Fund.

The GEGI Fellows Program offers the opportunity to conduct independent research in line with GEGI’s research areas and participate in GEGI’s research projects, policy engagement and Center-wide activities. Fellows will be expected to support research activities in one or more of the thematic programs, with specific focus on:

  • The role of development banks in enhancing climate and development action, particularly in mobilizing resources and facilitating a just transition away from fossil fuels;
  • The intersection of the international trade regime with climate change and access to medicines; and
  • Reform of the global debt architecture to be fit-for-purpose and to foster financial stability, particularly in regards to debt sustainability, the global financial safety net and the International Monetary Fund.

Desired qualifications:

  • Enrolled in or graduated from a PhD program. Pre-doctoral fellows must be enrolled in doctoral programs. The GDP Center will accept applications from all disciplines, especially the natural and social sciences, engineering and business.
  • Strong research interest in one or more of the GEGI areas of focus.
  • Quantitative and/or qualitative methodological expertise as appropriate, specifically with Excel and Tableau.

The majority of the fellowships will be awarded for the 2024-2025 academic year. Fellows will receive a competitive stipend and modest funding for data collection and/or fieldwork and potentially be eligible for reimbursement for relocation expenses.  This fellowship program is in-person at the GDP Center, Boston University. At this time, we are not able to offer remote fellowships.

To apply: Interested applicants should send the following to Mridhu Khanna ( with the subject line “<<Name>> GEGI Fellow Application 2024-2025″:

  1. A cover letter that demonstrates interest and experience in GEGI-related research.
  2. A current curriculum vitae.
  3. Contact information for two references.

Applicants will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until December 15, 2023, and are encouraged to apply early. Due to the volume of applicants, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For International candidates: International candidates will need express approval from their sponsoring institution stating that the potential fellow is allowed to earn income from another institution. This is especially important for international students with J-1 visas. Note: If you do not currently have a valid US scholar visa, certain research positions at Boston University qualify for immigration sponsorship. Prospective scholars should first establish their potential affiliation with the GDP Center as a pre- or post-doctoral fellow and clarify the terms of their appointment. BU’s International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) will work with the prospective scholar and the GDP Center to evaluate which immigration classification is most appropriate. The ISSO will consider various factors such as the appointment/affiliation terms, the scholar’s educational achievements and US immigration history.

Current Global Economic Governance Fellows