In pursuit of its aim to foster high quality and policy-relevant research in ADB’s developing member countries, ADBI offers a limited number of places for fixed-term Visiting Researchers. These places are intended to allow researchers to work in Tokyo on a topic of mutual interest to ADBI and the researchers themselves.
Researchers with an established record of research on issues of economic development in the region and who are nationals of an ADB developing member country are eligible to apply.
Researchers are engaged by ADBI as independent contractors, generally for a maximum of six months. During their period in ADBI researchers will normally work on an agreed research project under the direction of the Research Director. They will usually work on a research paper deliverable within an agreed timeframe for dissemination by ADBI as well as undertake other agreed project-related activities, if appropriate. Please note that these positions are intended for research in Tokyo.
Researchers should bring with them all data which are required for them to conduct their research. ADBI does not normally provide additional funding to cover fieldwork expenses outside Tokyo associated with the selected research topics.
During their stay in Tokyo, Visiting Researchers will receive an honorarium at internationally competitive rates plus accommodation and subsistence allowances.
Current ADBI research interests are in poverty reduction, regional cooperation, and private sector development. Proposals that focus on infrastructure-related topics in one of our three priority areas will receive priority. The box below indicates examples of the range of infrastructure topics in which ADBI is interested.
BOX: Indicative List of Topics for Visiting Researchers
What to submit
Applicants should submit a research proposal (a maximum of 1500 words) for work in one of these areas, and a curriculum vitae setting out their past research record.
The research proposal should include
- a 100-word summary at the beginning of the proposal
- research objectives and issue to be addressed
- a brief review of the relevant literature
- sources of data to be used
- the methodology to be applied
- expected contribution of the research, including relevance for policymakers
- plans for dissemination
An ADBI selection panel meets at least twice a year and judges applications competitively. The criteria applied will include
- clarity and technical competence of the research proposal
- feasibility of the work in the time available
- the applicant’s demonstrated research experience achievements and capacity to write effectively in English
- relevance of the work to economic policy either in the researcher’s country or more generally
- feasibility and effectiveness of dissemination plans
We particularly encourage women researchers from ADB developing member countries to apply.
How to submit
Applications may be sent via:
- E-mail to our Research Group using this online form.
- Fax: + 813 3593 4270, marked to the attention of the Director of Research
- Mail:Director of Research
Asian Development Bank Institute
Kasumigaseki Building 8 Floor
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-6008
For further inquiries, contact our research group.