J-PAL Common Application
Our annual recruitment drive and nearly all positions posted on our website require applicants to apply through our common application.
To be considered for positions, it is important to complete all sections of the common application. Incomplete applications will generally not be rated and included in the database shared with hiring managers during the annual recruitment drive.
A complete application includes: a CV/resume, statement or purpose (cover letter), transcripts, an explanation of international and developing country experience, languages, and a list of courses taken in economics, mathematics, and statistics. Additionally, for many positions, you will be asked to include the names and email addresses of two to three individuals who will provide your letters of recommendation. Because the application system will immediately send an email to your recommenders, we suggest you reach out to your letter writers prior to providing their information to J-PAL.
Recruitment outside of the J-PAL recruitment drive is conducted position by position. Each position will have specific application instructions included in the job posting. For most positions, applicants are asked to send an email directly to hiring managers with their CV/resume, in addition to filling out the common application. Please read job postings carefully and follow application instructions exactly as they are listed. Some positions may ask for additional materials.
Selection and Interview
J-PAL is a network of research centers and academics who run research projects around the world. Though we have a centralized application database, the hiring process is highly decentralized. J-PAL staff, researchers, and hiring managers will browse applicants by a rating of application strength, geographic location, flexibility, and language skills. After our winter recruitment drive, short-listed applicants are contacted for interviews throughout the spring. Candidates may receive interviews from several researchers or organizations throughout the selection process.
Please read all sections of our FAQ page for further advice on filling out the common application, applying to specific jobs, and the selection process.