Title: Research Associate / Senior Research Associate, Data Governance Network

Location: Mumbai

IDFC Institute is looking to hire a Research Associate / Senior Research Associate on a full-time basis to work on conducting field research for the Data Governance Network (DGN) project.

About the Data Governance Network:

In October 2018, IDFC Institute received in-principle approval for a grant from philanthropic investment firm Omidyar Network to set up a Data Governance Network for India. DGN is a multi-stakeholder network that aims to develop a solid base of research that can inform public policy around using data for innovation, and protecting the privacy of individuals. Given that there is very little primary research in this area in India and abroad, we are looking for professionals who can conceptualise and execute pioneering qualitative research projects in this emerging field.

Requirements & Qualifications:

  • A Masters degree in sociology, anthropology, economics, public policy, journalism, or legal studies is required
  • On the field experience in qualitative research for at least four to five years is essential
  • Data analytic skills are extremely desirable.  Proficiency in using statistical software such as R, Stata, SQL and Python is a bonus.
  • Should be comfortable taking initiative and working in an entrepreneurial environment in a period of high growth

Remuneration: The successful applicant will be remunerated with a competitive think-tank salary.

How to Apply: Interested candidates may send their CV with a cover letter to careers@idfcinstitute.org


Title: Manager, Communications & Strategy

Location: Mumbai

IDFC  Institute is looking to hire a Manager for Communications & Strategy on a full-time basis. The role will focus on four broad areas:

  1. Writing and Content Creation
  2. Events
  3. Media Management
  4. Website and Social Media

Writing and Content Creation:

  • Project Reports: Help draft, edit and revise project reports to ensure wider readership and accessibility.
  • Productise: Working with project teams to assess projects for branded products that can be generated such as publications, videos, podcasts, maps etc.
  • Publications: Working with researchers to maintain a steady flow of Opeds, Working and Briefing Papers to ensure the Institute consistently remains a relevant voice on policy issues. Responsibilities include curating ideas, editing, providing feedback and pitching content to media outlets.
  • Videos: Creating a video-series to supplement projects, to explain concepts and projects in an engaging manner.


  • Organising the Institute’s events: Its annual conference--IDFC Institute Dialogues, Conversations and Roundtables.
  • Curating and updating the contacts database with the aim that the Institute establishes and maintains relationships with the most relevant stakeholders.

Media Outreach:

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with media organizations to keep them updated about our forthcoming projects and research so as to ensure timely and accurate coverage of our work.

Website and Social Media:

  • Regularly updating the Institute’s website and social media accounts.
  • Making content on the website more accessible and dynamic.
  • Using social media to increase visibility.

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Communications, Economics, Political Science or Public Policy
  • At least 5-7 years of work experience is desirable
  • Excellent writing and editing skills are essential, a background in journalism will be preferred
  • Should be comfortable taking initiative and working in an entrepreneurial environment in a period of high growth

Remuneration: IDFC Institute offers competitive non-profit sector compensation and benefits.

How to Apply: Interested candidates may send their CV with a cover letter to careers@idfcinstitute.org



Thank you for your interest. Please send your CV and a writing sample to careers@idfcinstitute.org with the subject line "Application for Internship". If we have open positions, we will get back to you.

Prakhar Misra Jan 2016


"The IDFC Institute internship was a great exposure for me. It helped me to channelise my knowledge towards a constructive outcome. It also brought in a concrete angle to the abstractness of the Economic and Policy ideas that I learnt about at my alma mater, the Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics. During my time at the Institute, I worked under Reuben on identifying economic inflection points in the history of the world, while correlating them with political changes. Thereafter, we further established a causal relation between the two. I learned a lot from the internship, and choosing it has been one of the better decisions I have made in my career."

Harsh Vardhan Pachisia May to August, 2017


"My internship was an extremely enriching and engaging experience. The IDFC Institute has one of the best work environments I have enjoyed. In particular, the amount of respect and responsibility given to the interns was remarkable. During my time at the Institute, I worked on multiple projects that covered topics such as housing, income divergence and government spending. These projects gave me various opportunities to hone my skills in conducting quantitative and qualitative research. Furthermore, I was able to learn different software for data analysis over the course of the internship, a skill that will be extremely useful in my own academic research. The overall experience was extremely fulfilling and it was a great way to spend my summer."

Raadhika Vishvesh Jan to Feb, 2017


"My internship at The IDFC Institute was an interesting and engaging experience. Everybody was patient and approachable, and the work atmosphere was both congenial and intellectually stimulating. I got to work on projects that spanned a multitude of interesting topics, such as real estate, investment, economic growth and taxation, government spending and rural development. My work with two of the senior fellows, Vivek Dehejia and Praveen Chakravarty, involved using central government statistics, econometric software and financial data, and was extremely useful and relevant for my own academic research on Indian public finance. The internship honed my research abilities and made me comfortable working with large datasets. It also taught me to think analytically of policy issues and helped me gain perspective on the Indian political macro-economy." 

Malini Kohli May to June, 2017

CURRENTLY: Pursuing B.A. from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania

"Interning at the institute was an enriching experience. The project I undertook dealt with the convergence and/or divergence of various social indicators in Indian states and major states in other nations. It involved data collection and analysis. I realized the challenges in accumulating data both from an availability and accuracy perspective. Over the course of the internship, I was familiarized with working with data and was compelled to think about the Indian economy in a novel way. The work environment was encouraging, supportive, and fun. A great way to spend my summer!"

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