Chatham House Senior Research Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme

The Chatham House Russia and Eurasia Programme are inviting applications from Russian citizens for the position of senior research fellow, with a focus on developments in Russian domestic politics. The fellow will start in January 2019. The duration of the fellowship is 12 months.
Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is a world-renowned independent policy institute. Based in London, our mission is to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world.


This is a rare opportunity for a high-profile Russian researcher to pursue his or her own research project at Chatham House in London, at the forefront of the international debate on Russia.

We are an equal-opportunity employer who values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status.


Purpose of job

The purpose of this role is to bring attention to important policy issues in Russia. The fellowship will appeal to an experienced analyst who would be excited to be part of a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team working on the domestic, foreign and security policies of Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the South Caucasus. You will bring your own perspective and expertise, and will be keen to help us advance research-informed policy discussions on Russia’s political trajectory. Your research will bring a fresh perspective on key issues in Russia’s future development, how the government is prepared to pursue them and the polity they will have to cater to. We will support you in engaging with a broad range of organizations.

Your research project will lead to the publication of a peer-reviewed and policy-relevant Chatham House research paper within one of the following broad topics:

  • Elite politics and networks of influence in Russia.
  • Russia’s regions and their relations with the centre.
  • Russia’s economy and/or energy sector.
  • National identity.
  • Migration/demographics.

We are not looking for work on Russian foreign policy; although your research on domestic politics may touch on it or have relevance to it.

The fellowship includes some funds for field research.

You will also be expected to:

  • Produce high-quality, policy-relevant op-eds, expert comments, etc. as appropriate, for publication by the institute.
  • Convene a series of four research roundtables (one per quarter) on key internal challenges facing Russia.
  • Participate and engage in other Chatham House and external roundtables, conferences and policy fora.
  • Respond to media enquiries sensitively and appropriately. Convey complex information clearly and concisely to different audiences in oral and written formats, tailoring content and approach accordingly.
  • Work with the programme team to identify speakers and facilitate roundtables and other policy-relevant events.
  • Meet with other contacts including UK government representatives, foreign governments, corporate sector representatives, NGO representatives etc.

Personal specification

Essential qualifications, experience and knowledge:

  • Established research record and reputation for research excellence. We anticipate this person would have about 15 years’ experience (but this is an indication only).
  • Excellent qualitative and quantitative analytical skills.
  • A high degree of fluency in English.
  • Dedicated, self-motivating approach, with a collegiate and collaborative attitude.
  • The fellowship is only open to citizens of the Russian Federation.

Reporting line

Head, Russia and Eurasia Programme.

Contract type

Full-time, 12 months.


£42,000 per annum.

To apply

Please submit: 

  • CV (two pages maximum).
  • Cover letter (two pages maximum each).
  • Research proposal (1,500 words maximum) with a clear research question.

All in English.

Advice on the research proposal:

  • Show clarity of thought – and thus of writing.
  • Avoid theoretical and historical topics.
  • Make sure your proposal has an original angle.
  • The research project should be of interest to UK and international policy audiences. Broad proposals (‘Prospects for the Russian economy’) simply won’t be doable or result in an appropriate publication. Conversely, proposals that are too niche (‘Dynamics of pig iron production in Togliatti’) are not right for an international policy think-tank.
  • Biased, ‘declaratory’ or lobbying proposals and those that arrive at a conclusion before the research has started will be rejected.
  • If the project is something Chatham House is already working on (or recently finished), it is unlikely to be successful.

Please send applications to

Please send informal enquiries to James Nixey ( head, Russia and Eurasia Programme.


1-2 October in Moscow.
This fellowship is supported by the Future of Russia Foundation.


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