The Hilton Postdoctoral Fellowship

Overview: The Hilton Postdoctoral Fellowship is a unique opportunity 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, Hilton Postdoctoral Fellows will contribute to building the evidence base on what works to improve the lives of the poorest and most marginalized people.

Position Description:

 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).

As part of a research unit with a strong culture of collaboration, the Hilton Postdoctoral Fellow will be working full time on their selected project, making use of WORLD policy data to look at implementation and impact with Dr. Jody Heymann, the Dean of Fielding School of Public Health, mentors in their field from across UCLA and globally, as well as with WORLD research staff.

This fellowship is a full-time, residential fellowship for 2 years starting 2017. Compensation for position will be in accordance with policies set by the UCLA Graduate Division.


 Applicants must have a Ph.D. in public health, public policy, political science, international development, economics, or related discipline.

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

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

 Demonstrated interest and understanding of public policy, the SDGs or poverty alleviation.

How to apply:

To apply, please submit the following application materials to (include “Hilton Postdoctoral Fellowship” in subject line):

 Cover letter (elaborate why you are interested)

 CV

 Undergraduate and Graduate transcripts (unofficial copies accepted)

 Writing samples (max 5 pages)

 3 letters of reference

Applications must be received by 31 December, 2016. Only complete applications will be considered.

UCLA is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from all races and ethnicities, all sexual orientations and identities, as well as people with disabilities, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to further diversification.