Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cash Transfers for Child Health (CaTCH) - J-PAL South Asia

J-PAL Office 
Other advanced degree
Language Requirement 
Length of Commitment 
Two years
Start Date 
June 01, 2020

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) South Asia, is pleased to announce a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship supporting the Cash Transfers for Child Health (CaTCH) research initiative. The successful candidate will be based in India and work with the initiative’s co-chairs Pascaline Dupas and Seema Jayachandran, other J-PAL affiliated researchers, and the J-PAL South Asia Policy team to help synthesize and disseminate evidence on the role of cash transfer and pay-for-peformance programmes for improving child health outcomes generated through the CaTCH initiative.  The fellowship can lead to the writing of a meta-analysis and review papers on cash transfer evidence. This fellowship is designed to help the selected candidate launch a successful academic or non-academic research career by allowing him or her to gain experience working with government stakeholders and donors. The fellow will also have opportunities to participate in J-PAL policy dissemination, capacity-building, and mentoring activities.  

Roles and Responsibilities:

The primary responsibility of the postdoctoral fellow will be to help synthesize and disseminate the results and policy lessons from CaTCH funded studies to the research community, policymakers, funding organisations, and practitioners. The Post-Doc will also be expected to participate in the initiative’s dissemination workshops, and help organize a research conference. The selected candidate will dual-report directly to the initiative co-chairs and J-PAL South Asia Associate-Director of Policy and Training.

Fellowship responsibilities include:

  • Work with CaTCH funded full evaluations to see that certain common indicators across studies are being measured in a standard format
  • Author an article that synthesizes the evidence generated by the various CaTCH projects, including meta-analysis and comparative cost-effectiveness analyses
  • Organize a regional workshop with initiative staff that brings together CaTCH researchers, policymakers and other stakeholders to discuss the findings from the evaluations
  • Oversee the writing of policy briefs on CaTCH funded research projects
  • Oversee the archiving of all CaTCH related data (survey and administrative data) in the public domain
  • Leading independent research projects or potentially collaborating with J-PAL affiliates/invited researchers on research projects (subject to funding availability).
  • Contributing to other organization related activities, as needed
  • This opportunity is ideal for candidates interested in spending a year post PhD to create strong government and donor partnerships while they publish their dissertation and author meta-analysis and review papers. 


  • The fellowship is open to a candidates currently enrolled in the final two years of a PhD in Economics or Public Policy with a significant focus on health OR a PhD in public health with a focus on quantitative research methods.
  • The candidate should have demonstrated research interests and experience in health (or human development broadly defined) in developing countries and impact evaluation (demonstrated by coursework and/or collaborative research activities).
  • Significant applied econometrics skills are expected.
  • Additional factors that will favorably influence selection include:
    • (a) experience in evidence synthesis and reviews of randomized evaluations
    • (b) evidence of independently managing complex projects with multiple stake holders
    • (c) previous experience working in South Asia, especially with government partners 

Terms and Tenure

The position will be based in New Delhi, but will require moderate travel throughout India. The ideal starting date for this position is June 2020. The compensation package is highly competitive with positions at leading peer institutions in India.  

About J-PAL and CaTCH

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a network of affiliated professors around the world who are united by their use of randomized evaluations to answer questions critical to poverty alleviation. J-PAL’s headquarters is a center within the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with regional offices around the world hosted by local universities. J-PAL South Asia was established in August 2007 at the Institute of Financial Management Research (IFMR), in order to expand J-PAL’s research and policy outreach in South Asia. The J-PAL South Asia initiative on Cash Transfers for Child Health (CaTCH), funded by BMGF, aims to improve child health by generating policy-relevant rigorous evidence on the design and delivery of cash transfer programmes in India. A 5-year initiative, the multi-million-dollar grant conducted a review of evidence and identified research gaps related to cash transfers and their effects on child health outcomes. Subsequently, the initiative has conducted three competitive rounds of requests for proposals, and funded five full evaluations and eight pilot studies. Summaries of funded projects can be viewed on the initiative website. The CaTCH initiative’s co-chairs are Pascaline Dupas (Stanford University) and Seema Jayachandran (Northwestern University).

How to Apply

Complete the J-PAL/ IPA common application. Please select the position “Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cash Transfers for Child Health (CaTCH) - J-PAL South Asia".

Applicants for this position may leave blank the “Countries”, “Exam Scores” and “Courses” sections of the common application, and are requested to submit the following on the “Documents” page:

  • A cover letter applying for the position
  • Full CV, including a list of publications
  • Academic transcripts (unofficial versions are fine)
  • In addition, please email your job market paper (and any other relevant publications) to [email protected]
  • Please also submit two academic references through the common application.


Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Although there is no set closing date for the position, it is highly encouraged to apply before December 31st, 2019. Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting November, 2019.