Posted: Nov 10, 2022

OES Fellow

Application Deadline: Jan 11, 2023

The GSA Office of Evaluation Sciences (OES) is currently accepting applications for Fellowships beginning in Fall 2023. View solicitation and apply today.

OES is an interdisciplinary team that works across the federal government to help agencies answer top priority questions. We design and conduct evaluations of existing programs and evidence-based program changes. We use rigorous evaluation methods and administrative data to build and use evidence and learn what works. To date, we have completed over 120 collaborations, including nearly 100 impact evaluations. Our portfolio has spanned priority areas such as improving public health outcomes, increasing educational opportunity, promoting equity and economic recovery, and increasing access to benefits. 

The next cohort of Fellows will begin full-time positions in Fall 2023 via an Intergovernmental Personnel Act agreement. All fellowship positions will be remote and location flexible within the United States. Fellows will serve at least a one year term, with availability to serve additional years preferred.

Fellowship Details

Fellows and Associate Fellows work on ongoing portfolios and build out additional evaluations in line with agency priorities. Their primary focus is to:

  • Drive implementation on 3-5 impact evaluations 
  • Translate findings from the social and behavioral sciences into concrete recommendations
  • Work directly with agency partners to design and rigorously evaluate interventions
  • Perform data analysis and interpretation 
  • Distill findings into reports, policy memos, and academic publications
  • Represent the team by presenting at government and external conferences and meetings 
  • Collaborate on and contribute to internal team tasks and evaluations, including by assisting on additional evaluations managed by other team members

Applicant Profile

Fellows and Associate Fellows possess a unique set of technical and professional skills. This includes many of the below skills:

  • General knowledge of applied social and behavioral sciences and specialized knowledge of at least one domain of study within the social and behavioral sciences 
  • Ability to think creatively about the application of insights from the social and behavioral sciences, and design interventions that are feasible within specific federal programs
  • Expertise in one or more U.S. domestic policy sectors 
  • Experience working with government programs, policies, operations, and/or data
  • Knowledge of evaluation design and analysis strategies
  • Experience conducting impact evaluations, including  randomized evaluations, in field settings
  • Statistical competency in at least one data analytic programming language (e.g., R, Stata)
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to juggle multiple competing priorities in a high-paced environment

OES is currently recruiting individuals with associated experience:

  • Fellows have substantial expertise in the social and behavioral sciences field. Typically they are researchers with a PhD and publication record in a social or behavioral science field (e.g., economics, psychology, political science, statistics, sociology, public policy, business, etc.).
  • Associate Fellows typically have recently completed a PhD or postdoc, or have a Master’s Degree plus two or more years of relevant experience.

Application Details

Applicants may apply online here. The deadline to submit is 11:59 p.m. ET Wednesday, January 11, 2023. 

Finalists will be invited to an interview process that will include:

  • Video interview (late January to early February)
  • Writing exercise (mid-to-late February)
  • Research presentation and interview with OES Director Kelly Bidwell (early-to-mid March)

We expect to communicate final decisions in March 2023.