Research Fellow

Enjoy the freedom to delve into policy research on topics that align with your interests and passions through the analytical lenses of your expertise.


What you’ll do

As a Research Fellow you will…

  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative research to the highest standards
  • Develop relevant and practical policy ideas
  • Assist the Research Director in managing human resources and project financials in your team

TDRI’s Flexible Work Week in Research:

A Glimpse into Independent Time Management

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 typically look for applicants with a PhD. However, if you hold a Master’s degree but have a rich background in research or a relevant field, you may get in touch with our HR team to discuss whether you would be an appropriate applicant for this role.

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 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!


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.

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.

Find out more about what we look for​…

2. Presentation

You may be asked to present a piece of work of your choice to our Research Fellows, Research Directors, and any community members who are interested. You may be asked both academic and personality-based questions to determine if you are a good fit. This is the final stage of our selection process.

Find out more about what we look for​…

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an application deadline?

We accept applications on a rolling basis, and we may request to present a piece of work of your choice, depending on current availability.

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. As a Research Fellow, you will have a key role in determining your team’s work-from-home policy.

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 organisation, 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.

Get in Touch with Our HR Team

Call : 02-718-5460 ext. 540 / 086-376-9216

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