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Post-doctoral Scholars/Visiting Researchers/Visiting Fellows

Asian Development Bank



6 months (up to 12 months for post-doctoral scholars)

Dec 31, 2015 12:00 AM

ADBI offers opportunities for Post-doctoral Scholars (career starters), Visiting Researchers (established scholars), and Visiting Fellows (senior academics) to work at ADBI premises in Tokyo on topics of mutual interest to ADBI and applicants, preferably related to ongoing ADBI projects.


An applicant must have already:

  1. Obtained a PhD degree in (development) economics
  2. Published research papers in refereed academic journals
  3. Developed good and feasible research proposal(s), preferably related to ongoing ADBI projects
  4. Must be from an ADB member country

Applicants not meeting the above criteria will not be considered. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.


Successful applicants usually conduct research at ADBI for a maximum of six months (up to 12 month for post-doctoral scholars). Apart from research tasks, they may be asked to undertake other activities as directed by the Research Director.

Successful applicants are required to complete an original quality paper suitable for publication for every 3-4 months of funded stay in ADBI.

These papers, usually appearing first as ADBI working papers, are expected to be submitted to refereed academic journals later, with due acknowledgement to ADBI.

Successful applicants will be provided with a monthly living allowance, according to ADBI’s applicable rate, and reimbursed the cost of return economy class air-tickets, subject to pre-approval by ADBI. No other financial support (e.g., for data purchase or field work) will be provided.

Application by email to

For an application to be valid, it must contain a short covering letter (less than one page), curriculum vitae (no more than 3 pages covering personal details, work experience, and list of formal publications only), and well-developed research proposal(s). A proposal (no more than 1,500 words) should include:

  • an abstract of less than 150 words
  • brief background/motivations and objectives of research, highlighting contributions to or departures from the current literature
  • succinct discussions on analytical method(s) for achieving the research objectives
  • sources and availability/accessibility of data, matching the research objective(s) and method(s)
  • expected findings and policy implications
  • research timetable of less than 3 lines

A selection panel meets at least twice a year and judges applications competitively.

We particularly encourage female researchers from ADB developing member countries to apply.

19 Jun 2015

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