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Research Fellow

The Lowy Institute is Australia’s leading international policy think tank. It is independent, nonpartisan and at the centre of Australia’s foreign policy and national security debates. Located in Sydney, the Institute produces world class research and provides distinctive perspectives on the trends shaping Australia and the world, aiming to give Australia a greater voice on the international stage.

The Lowy Institute hosts distinguished Australian and international speakers on foreign policy, defence, politics, aid, and development. With a focus on the Asia-Pacific region, the Institute’s research, events and conferences attract significant global attention, and our experts produce commentary for the world’s leading news outlets.


The Research Fellow will be responsible for driving the Centre’s work in their areas of expertise including both leading and contributing to the delivery of research, commentary, events, and other activities.

The Research Fellow must possess expertise in one of the following thematic areas, including interest and ability to work across several respective sub-areas.

  • Economics, including macroeconomics, debt, economic growth, trade and investment, and quantitative analysis.
  • International development finance, including multilateral finance, blended finance, bilateral aid, and development effectiveness.


  • Excellent research and analytical skills. Strong oral and written communication skills. Able to work independently and coordinate research activity as part of a team.
  • Knowledge and familiarity of the Indo-Pacific region and/or key countries/subregions.
  • Experience in establishing Indo-Pacific contacts or maintaining and growing networks.
  • Experience in research, international development, government/policy, and/or industry.
  • The candidate should ideally possess post-graduate qualifications.

The successful candidate will join the Institute as a Research Fellow in Sydney, with salary commensurate with experience. Costs associated with relocation to Sydney will be covered by the Institute. Funding will also be available for living expenses and for the Fellow to engage in domestic and international travel of consequence to their research.


Please submit your CV (maximum three pages), and a cover letter (maximum two pages) to by 12 June 2024.

The cover letter should include a brief summary of relevant work experience, motivation for joining the Institute, and any issues you would like the Institute to be aware of regarding relocation to Sydney.

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