Call for Applications: The Zolberg IRC Fellowship

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at The New School are pleased to announce the creation of a fellowship program designed to connect students to teams working to solve the global refugee crisis.

With over 65 million people displaced globally, the world is facing an unprecedented challenge.  More people are on the move than at any time since World War II. Conflicts are lasting longer. Violent non-state organizations are making it harder to reach people trapped in war zones. And those who are forced to flee are increasingly settling in urban centers rather than refugee camps. The IRC and the Zolberg Institute believe that this calls for new solutions, new research, and new ideas.  Zolberg IRC Fellows will play a critical role in unlocking these latest innovations.

Zolberg IRC Fellows will be placed with teams from IRC’s Airbel Center, a research and development (R&D) lab created to design, test, and assess new solutions to address the global refugee crisis.  The Fellowship program will match interested students from a range of different disciplines, and embed them in interdisciplinary working teams at the IRC to develop new solutions that help people displaced by war and disaster.  Fellows will support the design and assessment of innovations in interventions to aid refugees and displaced people, and fellows will have a high degree of ownership over pieces of project work.

Each fellowship will be unique in duration and focus, but it is expected that fellows will work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year, including part-time or full-time roles during the summer and other intersessions.  Zolberg IRC Fellows will work under the supervision of the Zolberg Institute staff and in collaboration with the IRC’s Airbel Center.  To support this work, a stipend of up to $25,000 per year is offered (dependent on the duration of each fellowship), and could include travel to the field with IRC innovation teams to conduct research, testing, and workshops.


  • Demonstrated interest in focus areas of the Zolberg IRC Fellows, including but not limited to employment, innovation, international development, early childhood development, primary education.
  • Fellows must be currently matriculated Masters or Doctoral students at The New School or they should have applied for admission to one of the New School’s graduate degree programs.
  • There is no requirement that fellows be U.S. citizens.


To register your interest in the fellowship, please review the current fellowship descriptions (open roles listed below) and simply complete the brief form here:

After you have completed the form, we will reach out to you with further information.  It is likely that we will ask for one or all of the following to further assess your candidacy for the fellowship roles, so please begin to prepare these materials as well to speed the process:

  • Statement of interest in one or more of the research topics of the Zolberg IRC Fellowships (see descriptions of open roles below)
  • Resume, including evidence of one or more of the following skills
  • Relevant writing sample, project sample, or portfolio of work

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and for more information or questions about the fellowship program or application process, please contact Cayce Pack at

Current Open Roles: 

  • Palava Project: Finding new and novel ways to prevent Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in Liberia.
  • Strategy Development: Building tools and best practices to implement an innovation strategy at the IRC, and supporting the launch of an Innovation Hub in the Middle East.