IMF Research Assistant Program

The Research Assistant Program (RAP) is open to recently graduated BA students from leading universities with superior academic records who would like to gain useful work experience before pursuing further studies or moving on to other employment opportunities. RAP participants mainly support the operational and policy work of Fund economists.

RAP participants may be asked to:

  • Research, collect and compile information
  • Maintain and update quantitative and qualitative economic, financial, or statistical databases
  • Process, consolidate, and transform data sets within and between databases using statistical and/or econometric techniques
  • Evaluate economic, financial or statistical relationships in databases
  • Analyze economic time series data
  • Design systems to facilitate interfaces or to transfer data between external and in-house databases


  • Recent completion of a Bachelor’s degree in economics, computer science, statistics, math, or business administration is required. Candidates pursuing or holding advanced degrees are not eligible for the RAP.
  • Candidates should have at least a 3.5 GPA (cumulative) in both their principal field of study and in their overall program.
  • Final academic transcripts verifying GPA requirement must be submitted prior to appointment.

Appointments are rotational and limited to two years and the Program participants are expected to leave the Fund at the end of the two-year period. We welcome applications from all geographical areas for the RAP.

Research Assistants meeting different qualification criteria can be hired outside the scope of the RAP. More information can be found under Research Assistants (Economics).


To search for open positions in this field, please see Current Vacancies. If there are no current vacancies, you may create a Candidate Profile through the Current VacanciesJobLink and request e-mail notification of new positions at the IMF that match your interests.

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