A three-year old boy smiles while standing in his home. In Somalia, where the boy lives, Save the Children is working to protect children and families from the devastating effects of hunger. Photo credit: Kate Stanworth / Save the Children, April 2019.

Policy Research Fellowship

As part of its investment in learning and doing what works to support systemic, sustainable change for the world’s vulnerable children, Save the Children is expanding its policy research and analysis capability through a paid Policy Research Fellowship program.

Launched in 2019, the program will provide a paid policy research fellowship to advanced graduate students and policy research professionals. The fellowship will focus on policy implementation, impact, and accountability. Fellows will work with Save the Children’s department of Public Policy and Advocacy on a policy research project between 3-12 months. Selected policy research experts will have access to Save the Children’s policy research and advocacy experts, our overseas program implementers, and the opportunity to address cutting-edge international development policy research questions.

While the fellowship is focused on researching the impact of policies on the ground including the enforcement and funding after they’ve been approved, the topic of research will change with each fellowship and will be crafted through discussions between Save the Children and the policy research fellow to ensure it advances Save the Children’s policy research agenda on learning what works for the world’s most vulnerable children.

For an overview of the Save Children’s policy advocacy priorities and research and analysis, click here. The following are some of our development and humanitarian research and advocacy priorities:

  • Girls empowerment and gender equality
  • Education in emergencies
  • Tax and development
  • Public budget analysis
  • US foreign assistance policy and funding
  • Maternal and child health and survival
  • Child refugees and migrants
  • Governance and social accountability
  • Protecting children in crisis

For more information about the fellowship program please contact, Andrew Wainer, Director, Policy Research, at awainer@savechildren.org.


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