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Open Positions: Join our growing team!

We are a research lab of over 30 faculty and staff with a track record of successfully managing more than 60 grants and contracts worth more than $40 million over the last 13 years. We are economists, political scientists, computational geographers, spatial epidemiologists, program evaluators, policy analysts, media and communication professionals, and more.

Headquartered in Williamsburg, Virginia at the College of William and Mary, AidData offers competitive compensation and a generous benefits package, including comprehensive health, dental, and life insurance; retirement; gym access; flexible work schedule; and much, much more. 

Student opportunities:

  • Tracking Underreported Financial Flows (TUFF) Fall Research Assistant Internship 

Full-time positions:

  • Partnerships Associate
  • Program Manager
  • Senior Research Analyst
  • Research Analyst
  • Junior Program Manager

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Tracking Underreported Financial Flows (TUFF) Fall Research Assistant Internship 

Internship opportunities in AidData’s TUFF team are now available for current W&M students. All internships are unpaid for 120 hours, after which interns are eligible for paid RA positions. Please apply by submitting the application form here ( and also sending a resume to with the subject of “TUFF 2017 Fall Internship”. Applicants with all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Language skills in Mandarin, Spanish, French or languages spoken in Southeast Asia are a plus. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please refer to the team description below for detailed information.

Tracking Under-reported Financial Flows (TUFF) Team:

Over the last decade, assistance from non-Western governments has expanded both in absolute terms and as a share of global development finance. However, many of these new actors have effectively opted out of the global development finance reporting regime. While we know that countries like Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, and Venezuela collectively provide tens of billions of dollars in overseas development finance each year, we don’t know very much about where this money is going.

Using an innovative media-based methodology, the TUFF team has been tracking development finance from China since 2012, and has developed a database that covers more than 6000 projects and over $80 billion financial flows worldwide from 2000 to 2014. Now we have expanded the methodology to reveal the hidden picture in the Middle East for countries including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait. We have also tracked humanitarian responses to the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone.

As a Research Assistant in the TUFF team, students will identify potential projects through news reports, dig and triangulate information from additional research, and finally code and classify verified projects based on the TUFF methodology. You will have the opportunity to learn a creative methodology, to explore one or several foreign countries/cultures and to know things that you find nowhere else. For further information, please contact Mengfan Cheng at

Partnerships Associate

A key component in AidData’s ability to grow, diversify, and become sustainable, the Partnerships Associate will support the Director of Partnerships and Communications, AidData’s senior management team, and other faculty and staff in:

  • developing grant proposals to federal agencies, development finance institutions, bilateral aid agencies, foundations, and private donors;
  • coordinating the budget process;
  • liaising with key internal stakeholders across projects;
  • and helping to prepare individual and multi-­investigator, inter-­disciplinary, and multi-­institutional proposals.

You will be developing complex proposal budgets and managing the budget process, under the Partnerships Director’s leadership. AidData’s start-up culture means that applicants should be accustomed to working in a fast-paced environment. This position is full-time; salary is commensurate with experience.

For more details, please visit the position listing in the College of William & Mary Employment Opportunities portal. There, click Apply for this Job to apply with your resume/curriculum vitae and cover letter.

Program Manager

The Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations at the College of William and Mary is currently seeking a Program Manager to support AidData. Activities include program management, workforce management, training and mentoring, policy and data analysis, policy outreach, and resource mobilization. This position will spend the majority of their time on AidData’s Listening to Leaders program area, which is focused on understanding the priorities and perspectives of leaders in low- and middle-income countries, and measuring the influence of their partners on policy and program outcomes. See for more information and links to our past policy publications.

For more details, please visit the position listing in the College of William & Mary Employment Opportunities portal. There, click Apply for this Job to apply with your resume/curriculum vitae and cover letter.

Senior Research Analyst

The AidData Senior Research Analyst provides a unique opportunity to work on cutting research with major policy stakeholders. The individual in this position will take the lead in scoping and producing analysis in coordination with the Program/Practice Manager, serving as the primary technical point of contact for methods and quality assurance on data products and analysis. As technical lead for their team’s practice area, you will contribute to new business development processes, serve as a technical expert to represent the unit’s and College’s work with external research and policy communities; and support the Director in identifying high-value lines of inquiry and data production needs to power future research.

To lead this line of scientific inquiry, this position will require significant independent judgment and discretion in the following areas:

  • academic scholarship (leading the conceptualization of new research projects, preparing and executing analytical plans, and producing final research publications, in collaboration with external partners, think tanks, and funders);
  • survey design (designing questionnaires for large scale biennial surveys and snap polls to collect data for analysis);
  • and research methods/trainings (serving as lead methods expert for the Survey Practice sub-division, which includes providing training for other staff, liaising with researchers at external leading organizations and partners, and developing new methods for the research team).

For more details, please visit the position listing in the College of William & Mary Employment Opportunities portal. There, click Apply for this Job to apply with your resume/curriculum vitae and cover letter.

Research Analyst

AidData is seeking Research Analysts to join a team of development professionals united by a shared interest in using more granular data to make international development finance more transparent, accountable, and effective. To this end, individuals in this position will conduct and support AidData’s ongoing research in several key focus areas, including but not limited to: open data / open government, political economy, China and emerging donors, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through survey design, implementation, and analysis. You will play a critical role in collaborating with a full team of research faculty, policy analysts, data collectors and curators in studying the nature, distribution, and impact of some of development’s most pressing issues. 

For more details, please visit the position listing in the College of William & Mary Employment Opportunities portal. There, click Apply for this Job to apply with your resume/curriculum vitae and cover letter.

Junior Program Manager

The Junior Program Manager (JPM) is a research staff position at AidData. Junior Program Manager positions are designed for recent college graduates who would like to deepen and broaden their analytical, methodological, and management skills; receive on-the-job training and mentoring from a group of professors and researchers; and prepare for future professions in academia, government, and/or the private sector. Each JPM divides his or her time between research laboratory management and other specialized research and policy outreach activities. Specialized duties are assigned based on the skills, interests, and experiences of the incumbent. JPMs play an important role in helping AidData expand its reach and impact in coordination with a variety of institutional partners, such as the United States Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

For more details, please visit the position listing in the College of William & Mary Employment Opportunities portal. There, click Apply for this Job to apply with your resume/curriculum vitae and cover letter.

Working at AidData

At AidData you will join world class development professionals in solving challenging development questions, working together with colleagues from diverse disciplines including economics, computer science, geography, public health, environmental studies and political science.

AidData is a learning organization, so in addition to helping your colleagues get smarter, you will gain first-hand experience in cutting-edge approaches to data and development. As a member of a research lab you will be exposed to randomized control trials, customized coding systems, geospatial impact evaluations, elite surveys, and policy uptake initiatives.

We prioritize impact and collaboration, and you will be empowered with the tools, training, and flexibility you need to pursue projects that will allow you to leverage your strengths and interests. Whether on a walking meeting to discuss a next-gen field experiment with the World Bank or the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation or debating your annual March Madness bracket over lunch on the porch by the magnolia tree, your colleagues will be an invaluable source of ideas, learning, and fun.

Williamsburg and the surrounding areas offer a tremendous quality of life. Staff enjoy short commutes (for some of the team, less than five minutes!); extensive rivers, woods, and trails for outdoor recreation; and great colleagues who after work play on a community volleyball team, host trivia nights at local craft breweries, and organize book clubs and restaurant explorations.

For our full-time positions: As an employee of the College of William & Mary, you will be afforded competitive compensation and benefits, including comprehensive health, dental, and life insurance, retirement, and gym access. You will also receive an annual tuition reimbursement of more than $5,000, allowing AidData employees to take up to four William & Mary classes each calendar year free of charge.

In addition to updating skills through coursework, professional development is encouraged and facilitated through interaction with policymakers and established academics, development field work with local partners, and one-on-one mentoring with senior members of AidData.