Chatham House

Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow

1 Year Fixed Term Contract (with possibility for extension)
Competitive salary dependent on experience
Application Deadline


Chatham House is looking for a talented and experienced researcher and policy expert to join its Europe Programme. This is an opportune time to join a growing programme focused on a critical area in one of the world’s leading policy institutes.


You will play a central role in the delivery of an ambitious policy research agenda spanning the political, economic, social and security challenges facing European nations, the EU and their neighbourhood, including the impacts of the UK’s planned departure from the EU.


As an established authority on European politics, with in-depth knowledge of at least one major EU country and a strong record of publications, you will conduct innovative and thought-leading analysis of these challenges and the practical responses to help overcome them.


You will also bring successful experience of research fundraising along with relevant networks in order to generate funding for the Programme's research initiatives.


The contract is initially for a period of 12 months, with the expectation of extending this to a permanent position, assuming the successful delivery of quality output and steps towards building the funding base for longer-term research activities.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.


Research and Project Management


You will have lead responsibility for a new Chatham House project examining the political and popular challenges facing European democracies.


In addition, you will generate new ideas and questions to be investigated that positively add to existing policy debates and analysis of European politics.. You will carry out research both independently and in cooperation with other Chatham House researchers and Associate Fellows.


Other Responsibilities


  • Producing high quality policy-relevant research for publication – including reports, research papers, op-eds, and expert comments,
  • Contributing to the Europe Programme strategy, ensuring your own research aligns with the broader objectives of the Programme.
  • Establishing and running creative research projects on your areas of expertise, in conjunction with other Programme staff, and ensuring achievement of deliverables.
  • Engaging in collective research initiatives with other colleagues and external organizations. Where appropriate, provide project management, ownership and lead the project team.
  • Working with other staff to identify and facilitate research and policy-relevant events.
  • Representing Chatham House at internal and external roundtables, conferences and policy fora, consultations and other relevant events
  • Establishing and maintaining networks and links with key individuals, businesses, and institutions working on EU politics.



You will be responsible for promoting European policy-related research through presentations, publications and the media including:

  • Responding to media enquiries as a key representative of the institute on political developments in Europe. Convey complex information clearly and concisely to different audiences in oral and written formats, tailoring content and approach accordingly
  • Ensuring quality control by editing, commenting on texts, setting up advisory groups and/or peer review processes, as appropriate, for research activities.
  • Promoting the research area as widely as possible.
  • Publicising research project activity and its policy relevance.
  • Meeting and briefing visiting delegations, including formal and informal presentations.
  • Editing assistance on reports and publications.


Fundraising and Budget


You will share responsibility with the Programme Manager and other staff for ensuring the Programme meets its financial requirements by:

  • Identifying and pursuing funding opportunities for Europe Programme projects, taking principal fundraising responsibility for your own projects, drawing on the advice of the Programme Manager and the institute's central fundraising team.
  • Preparing regular reporting to funders of research progress and budget expenditure.
  • Maintaining relationships with existing core sponsors of Europe-related work, involving them in relevant meetings and on occasion providing tailored briefings.
  • Responsible for the oversight of own research project finances and accountable for performance against budget.


Essential Qualifications, Experience and Knowledge


  • Strong experience within this field of study as well as consistent record of successfully leading the delivery of substantial research outputs.
  • A Master’s degree or PhD in a relevant discipline.
  • Evidence of a growing international reputation for research excellence.
  • Fluency in English and a second major European language.
  • A strong network of policy and funding contacts.

Essential Skills and Abilities


  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the capacity to build relationships both internally and with external organizations.
  • Excellent communication skills, able to present information and arguments persuasively.
  • Demonstrable ability to successfully raise funds for research and projects.
  • Proven organizational skills and a logical and methodical approach to work.
  • Demonstrable trouble-shooting and problem-solving ability.


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