Research Associate, Korea Studies

Job Type

Full Time




1777 F Street Northwest
District of Columbia
United States


CFR’s David Rockefeller Studies Program is one of the country’s largest foreign policy think tanks with a widely respected and influential research staff. The Studies Program aims to advance the discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs through its writing, publications, public outreach, and discussions.

The Research Associate will work under the direction of the Senior Fellow on projects related to Korea Studies.

The major responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Providing administrative support to the senior fellow, including scheduling appointments, handling phone calls, travel arrangements, and drafting correspondence
  • Researching specific areas for articles, book chapters, and other publications, as requested by the senior fellow, including both English and Korean language source material
  • Coordinating events, including preparing invitations, corresponding with speakers and presiders, travel arrangements, , helping to prepare background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support
  • Assisting with the drafting, proofreading and editing of written material, including grant proposals and reports for private foundation funders
  • Assist in managing the editing, production, and dissemination of monthly newsletter
  • Assisting in managing budgets, including tracking monthly statements and grant information and drafting reports and requests, and preparing vouchers for reimbursement
  • Assisting the fellow with social media outreach, including publishing a blog, website, video, and/or using social media applications such as Twitter, Google+, Facebook, etc., as needed
  • Providing support across departmental lines and for other fellows, upon request


  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in international relations, political science, Asian studies, history, or related field
  • Demonstrated academic work on foreign relations of Korea
  • Demonstrated use of statistics, archival materials, and Korean-language sources in research papers
  • Full-professional proficiency in Korean at minimum and living experience in South Korea preferred
  • 1+ years related administrative experience preferred
  • Excellent computer skills, including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Twitter or other social media
  • Excellent skills in research, writing, editing, organization, multi -tasking ,and  high attention to detail


The Council on Foreign Relations offers a benefits package that is among the best offered by nonprofit institutions today, including an award-winning health and wellness program, an on-site fitness center, and generous leave policies and health insurance programs.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree