Call for proposals: BIS Research Fellowship

The Bank for International Settlements invites research proposals from academics for its Research Fellowship programme. Fellowships will be awarded to scholars who have established a strong reputation in their field and whose proposal allows for fruitful collaboration with BIS economists.

BIS Research Fellowship ProgrammeSuccessful candidates will be invited to the BIS's Monetary and Economic Department (MED) for short periods, ranging from a few days to several weeks (not exceeding a maximum period of three months for a larger project). The fellowship assignment can also be divided into a series of short visits for the different stages of a co-authored paper. Candidates will conduct economic research on policy-related issues of relevance to the BIS. The programme aims to:

  • promote policy-relevant research that meets the highest academic standards;
  • allow prominent scholars to gain an insight into the policymaking environment of the BIS; and
  • foster joint research between academics and BIS economists.

About the BIS

The BIS carries out research to shed light on issues of core interest to the central bank community, to support meetings of Governors and other central bank officials, and to provide analytical backing for the activities of the various Basel-based committees. MED contributes to these tasks by conducting research on monetary and financial stability, monetary economics, macroeconomics and finance, financial markets, central bank governance and other institutional issues.

Requirements

While at the BIS, research fellows will be expected to complete one or more research papers of a theoretical or empirical nature for presentation at internal seminars and external conferences and for publication both as a BIS Working Paper and in a leading refereed journal.

Qualifications

The programme is aimed at internationally recognised economists from academia and research institutions. Candidates should have an outstanding publication record and hold a PhD from a leading university. In considering applications, the BIS will pay particular regard to the relevance of the research to current problems in economics and finance.

Honorarium

Successful candidates will be offered accommodation, reimbursement of travel costs, and a monthly or daily honorarium.

Location and facilities

Research fellows will be based at the BIS Head Office in Basel, Switzerland, or at the BIS Representative Office in either Hong Kong SAR or Mexico City. They will have access to the BIS Library and data archives and to computing and statistical facilities needed for their research.

Application procedure and deadline

Applications for the research fellowship programme should be received by 30 June 2017. Applicants will be notified during July 2017. Applications for later programmes will be reviewed twice every year (application deadlines to be announced).

Applications should be submitted in English and must include:

  • a one-page summary of the research work that the candidate proposes to carry out at the BIS, specifying the objectives of the work, the methodological, statistical and computing requirements involved, and the approximate time needed to complete the research and prepare submissions;
  • suggestions for possible co-authorships with BIS staff, and;
  • a detailed curriculum vitae, including details of the candidate's publication record.

Applications should be sent to bisrf@bis.org