Research Assistant, Iran – United States Institute of Peace – Washington, DC

The Research Assistant will support the Middle East and Africa Center’s work on Iran. Specific job duties are noted below.

-Provide research support to two Middle East experts.
-Conduct research and writing for The Iran Primer website.
-Monitor Iranian media outlets in Farsi and English.
-Provide administrative support as needed to include assisting with events.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals of countries listed in a U.S. Collective Defense Arrangement per the Department of State. To see a list of those countries, go to
A Bachelors degree in Middle East studies, international affairs, political science or related field required .
Fluency in Farsi (both written and spoken) required.
Excellent writing skills and Middle East expertise required.

Only full-time students in the Washington metropolitan area can be considered for these openings. The Research Assistant program is conducted through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area (CUWMA). While preference is given to CUWMA candidates, it is not required that applicants are students of CUWMA member schools as long as they are a full time student in the Washington metropolitan area.

CUWMA members include: American University, George Mason University, Southeastern University, Catholic University of America, The George Washington University, Trinity University, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Marymount University, University of the District of Columbia, Gallaudet University, National Defense Intelligence College, Howard University, Georgetown University, National Defense University, and University of Maryland at College Park.

All USIP contract and employee positions are contingent upon the favorable completion of a suitability background investigation.

Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application instructions

To be considered for this position, please submit a complete application package consisting of:
1.  Cover letter
2.  Resume
3.  A brief writing sample demonstrating your research and writing ability

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For questions about this position, please email Cheryl Saferstein at Please do not send resumes or attachments to this email address. Due to the high volume of candidates, only those applicants that are selected for further discussions will be contacted. Interviews will be scheduled by appointment only.

USIP is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy and practice of USIP to offer equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, political affiliations or belief, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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