Career-Graduate Researcher


TDRI welcomes early career researchers, whether it be fresh graduates or people with experience. We value diversity and encourage learning-by-doing.


What you’ll do


As a Researcher you will…

  • Analyse, design, write, review, verify and deliver specific research projects as an individual or as part of a team
  • Assist in the development of research proposals
  • Communicate project plans and its details to relevant government bodies

A week at TDRI

What we’re looking for



Thirst and passion for knowledge

We expect that everyone at TDRI takes the initiative to learn. To facilitate this, we will support you in procuring books and learning courses.


Dedication to evidence-based policy research

Our success depends on our researchers’ commitment to deliver high quality work, despite the constraints and limitations. We use evidence to support our policy recommendations and not the other way round.

Respect for individual diversity and team spirit

We encourage independence of thought, balanced with being respectful of each other’s opinion, in order to foster an environment conducive towards good teamwork.

Integrity with public-mindedness

We uphold neutrality when facing any political and ideological divisions. We communicate and collaborate with integrity for the public’s best interest.

Degree Requirement

We look for applicants with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.

Although around half of our research staff have a background in economics, we welcome applicants from all fields of studies as long as they have a growth mindset and are ready to learn.

How we’ll support you

Generous benefits to help you become the best version of yourself…


Flexible Work Hours

We trust you. That’s why we give you a lot of freedom to decide when and where you work. This way you can be in your most productive setting and spend more time with your family.

Self-Development Grant

Just keep learning, and we’ll support you in your journey. We have subsidies for buying books and upskilling courses of your choice. What’s more, if you want to take your career a step further, we also provide scholarships for Master’s and PhD programmes.

Healthcare Coverage

Your physical and mental health matters. That’s why we subsidise your healthcare expenses and provide free mental health support.

Sports Facilities

Our office features a gym and yoga studio. We have a badminton and football club, playing weekly, and also a sports grant which covers a great variety of sports, from swimming to rock climbing.

Training Opportunities

We never go a month without inviting top minds from Thailand and internationally to give talks on timely topics of their expertise. We also have a book club where you can share your favourite readings while refining your presentation skills.

Provident Fund

Aside from investing in you, we also help you invest. Our provident fund scheme matches up to 5% of your savings, bringing you a step closer to achieving your financial goals.

Grow with us

We are a merit-based organisation,
so you can grow at your own pace. Learn fast? Grow fast!



As a Researcher at TDRI, your main responsibility will be to analyse, design, write, review, verify and deliver specific research projects as an individual or as part of a team. You will also assist in the development of research proposals and communicate project plans and its details to relevant government bodies.

Senior Researcher

As a Senior Researcher, your main responsibility will be to manage specific research projects and present research reports at seminars, conferences, and other public events as well as events run by other organisations. You will also be responsible to supervise and act as a role model for junior level researchers.

Research Fellow

As a Research Fellow, you will conduct qualitative and quantitative research to the highest standards and developing practical and relevant policy ideas. You will also assist the Research Director in managing human resources and project financials in your team.

Senior Research Fellow

As a Senior Research Fellow, you will be responsible for the management of a specific research project within the research program and develop and advocate said policy ideas. You will also take on a greater responsibility managing human resources and team finances alongside creating a professional network of stakeholders.

Research Director

Research Directors are leaders in their field of expertise. As a Research Director, you will be responsible for research projects from their inception all the way to advocacy, while managing your research team. You will also play a role in setting the direction of the organisation as a whole.

Fast-track Your Career Progression

At TDRI, we value your learning capabilities. We provide 3 different types of education grants for Master’s and PhD programmes to help you in the path to upgrading research-relevant skills.

TDRI-Young Policy Researchers Grant

The TDRI-Young Policy Researchers Grant is for aspiring researchers or interns looking to study at the PhD level at top universities around the world.

TDRI-Lead Policy Researchers Grant

The TDRI-Lead Policy Researchers Grant is for aspiring researchers at TDRI looking to study at the Master’s or PhD level.

TDRI-Co-Creation Program

The TDRI-Co-Creation Program supports researchers at TDRI for higher education in partnership with international bodies, such as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

How to Apply


1. Submit your Documents

We want to get to know you! Tell us about your experiences through your CV and transcript. Submitting a cover letter and samples of your previous work would also be helpful.

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2. Interview

You may be contacted back for an interview with your future colleagues.

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3. Essay Writing

You may be requested to write an essay to demonstrate your analytical abilities.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an application deadline?

We accept applications on a rolling basis. Depending on current availability, you may be invited to present a piece of work of your choice.

What are the TDRI's policies on working from home?

Most teams at TDRI operate on a hybrid basis, and the mix between work-from-home and work-from-office differs by team.

How do I travel to TDRI?

You can reach us by car and take advantage of our ample parking space. For those using public transportation, we offer a complimentary pick-up service from the Thailand Cultural Centre MRT station and the Airport Rail Link Ramkhamhaeng station at 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM respectively. Additionally, we provide a drop-off service at 4:35 PM and 5:45 PM respectively.

Is TDRI a government agency?

TDRI is a non-profit organization, not a government agency. We are governed by a board of directors and a board of trustees composed of leading experts in various fields, such as economics, business, law, technology, media, and public policy.

Does TDRI have a mentorship program?

While we do not formally have a mentorship program, we provide ample on-the-job training and enrichment training opportunities.

At TDRI, we believe in the power of hands-on learning. Our researchers are encouraged to take an active role in their work and to seek out new challenges. If you ever need any assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to your team leader or fellow researchers. They have been in your shoes and will be willing to help out. Moreover, our teams tend to be very close-knitted so you can learn from multiple peers who possess different expertise. As long as you have a growth mindset, we are ready to support you.

In addition, we also provide funding for external training and book purchases, to help our researchers stay current with the latest developments in their field. Every month we invite leading academics and policy makers to give speeches at our institute. We also provide researchers the opportunity to curate and attend sessions with industry-leading CEOs on cutting-edge economic issues as part of our exclusive Economic Intelligence Service programme. This allows our researchers to gain new insights, connect with the broader community of experts in their field, and stay up to date on the latest thinking in their areas of research.