Hilton Learning Opportunity for UCLA Postdoctoral Fellows

The Hilton Learning Opportunity is a unique opportunity for current UCLA postdoctoral fellows to receive advanced methods training for state of the art approaches to understanding what works to enhance equal opportunity and improve social conditions at a global scale. With mentorship from an exceptionally interdisciplinary group of experienced researchers from across the UCLA campus and around the world, this unique training opportunity will contribute to building the evidence base on what works to improve the lives of the poorest and most marginalized people.

Elements of the training program:

 Access to mentorship from across the UCLA campus and around the world in how to examine what works to reduce poverty, improve health, increase education, and achieve other key goals included in the SDGs

 Specific training opportunities in advanced quantitative methods that focus on understanding causal links between national policies and programs and outcomes

 Mentorship on how to use a unique data source that links quantitative data on national policies in 193 countries to harmonized household survey data from 90 low- and middle-income countries from the WORLD Policy Analysis Center (WORLD).

This learning opportunity is available for the 2016 – 2017 academic year. Fellows will be required to make a minimum time and publication commitment to their selected project and must have the written approval of their supervisor. Additional funding is available for those who require it.


 Applicants must have a Ph.D. in public health, public policy, political science, international development, economics, sociology, education, or related discipline and a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA.

 A strong background in causal inference and multilevel modeling is required.

 Excellent communication, writing, and research skills are required.

 Demonstrated interest and understanding of how to advance poverty reduction, health, education, and other SDGs

How to apply

To apply, please submit the following application materials to WORLD@ph.ucla.edu (include “Hilton Learning Opportunity” in subject line):

 Cover letter (elaborate why you are interested)

 CV

 Undergraduate and Graduate transcripts (unofficial copies accepted)

 Writing samples (max 5 pages)

 A letter of support from your current postdoctoral fellowship supervisor

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled. Only complete applications will be considered.