Applications Now Open

OUSRS is an Oxford-University affiliated organisation, and thus recruits primarily from current Oxford students. However, we have great interest in working with all who are interested in our mission and the 'Silk Roads' as the region changes the world. With that in mind, OUSRS will accept strong applications from students at external universities, and/or recent alumni of those universities/Oxford University.

Treasurer

The Treasurer’s role is to manage the finances of the Society in a professional manner, including maintaining and updating Society accounts and organizing Society purchases. Additionally, the role will include searching for grants/other financing opportunities which would better enable OUSRS to carry out its work.

Please apply by 23:59 BST October 17th 2021 via the google form linked above

Social Media Officer

The Social Media Officer’s role is twofold:
1) Manage day to day social media presence of the Society (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc.) including interaction with related/partner organisations online;
2) Organise publicity drives and material to promote OUSRS events/report launches to a wide audience, in liaison with the rest of the Committee.

Please apply by 23:59 BST October 17th 2021 via the google form linked above

Web Manager

The Web Manager’s primary responsibility is to maintain, expand and/or update the Society website in line with our ongoing projects, providing a professional and accessible location for the Society to share its work. Proficiency with Wix preferred.

Please apply by 23:59 BST October 17th 2021 via the google form linked above

The Social Media Officer’s role is twofold:

  1. Manage day to day social media presence of the Society (Facebook, Twitter etc.) including interaction with related/partner organisation online

  2. Organise publicity drives and material to promote OUSRS events/report launches to a wide audience, in liaison with the rest of the Committee

Social Secretary

The Social Secretary’s role is to organize online and offline social interaction for Society members and the general public. As 2021 progresses, we hope this role will increasingly include managing in-person events, both to generate a sense of community at all levels of the think tank, and promote OUSRS’s work in a more informal setting.

 

The Social Secretary will additionally liaise the rest of the Committee in organizing talks/report launches and other more formal Society events.

Applicants for this role should be based in Oxford.

Please apply by 23:59 BST October 17th 2021 via the google form linked above

Team Lead (x2 - Afghanistan and Biodiversity)

The Team Leader’s role is to manage the internal production and research process on one of OUSRS’s bespoke reports, working closely with the Vice-Presidential team. Work includes:

  1. Leading start-of-term seminars on BRI and specific project area for Analysts

  2. Setting out the research agenda for the report/selecting and delegating tasks

  3. Supervising first round edits and producing a Review Section summarising the report

  4. Liaising with the Vice Presidential team regarding any external partnerships connected to the report

 

Due to the rigor of research required,  this role is open to final-year undergraduates or postgraduate (MSc/MPhil/PhD) only. All disciplines welcome.

Please apply by 23:59 BST October 17th 2021 via the google form linked above

Culture Team Lead

The Culture Team Lead’s role is to manage OUSRS’s cultural activities, exploring the “Silk Road'' as broadly defined beyond contemporary politics/environment/economics. This role is highly flexible, with a Team Lead expected to come up with their own theme, event ideas, and manage a team of culture analysts in the production of bespoke articles and other materials of their interest. 

 

Final-year undergraduates or postgraduates (MSc/MPhil/PhD) in Arts & Humanities disciplines preferred

Please apply by 23:59 BST October 17th 2021 via the google form linked above

Analysts

Whether you’re interested in geopolitics, international development or climate justice, law, AI or blockchain, this is the perfect opportunity to get to grips with one of the world’s most ambitious foreign policy projects. Analysts work with team leaders to research and write reports on a range of BRI-related topics.


You’ll get hands-on policy experience and the chance to meet and learn from industry experts, journalists and policy-makers.

The team you'll work on will depend on your strengths and research interests. Whichever topic you work on, the first weeks of this project will include a short fellowship where we will help you get up to speed on the BRI through assigned readings, discussion groups, and workshops.
 

No experience necessary and an expected time commitment of around 3-4 hours per week

Please apply by 23:59 BST October 17th 2021 via the google form linked above

Zebra Crossing

Why join us?

Policy Report

For most of our project cycles, each analyst will receive the opportunity to embark on independent research and coursework, guided and approved by the team leader, for a relevant area of interest that impacts the BRI. These case studies will be reviewed and compiled into a policy report at the conclusion of the project cycle.

Tailored Policy Advice

On top of the case studies produced by analysts, the policy report will also include tailored policy advice across the case studies collated from each team. Analysts will work with their team leaders to deliver analytical insight into some of the most pressing issues facing the BRI. This policy report will be published, printed and distributed to our key partners.

Specialised Training

Every term, OUSRS curates a bespoke training programme specifically catering to the chosen expertise of each team. The committee oversees the conceptualisation and delivery of a tailored training programme, including a series of seminar fellowship sessions aimed at providing analysts with a broad range from which to select a focus area for their case studies.

Exclusive Networking

OUSRS has an established network of partners with unique interests related to the BRI. Our partners work with us to ideate project delegation, review presentations at the end of term, and deliver keynote sessions in an exclusive, small-group setting. Analysts for each term benefit from the expertise of our partners, as well as the privilege of networking opportunities.

Past speakers include:

  • Kerry Brown, Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College Institute

  • Isabel Hilton, Founder and Senior Advisor of China Dialogue Trust

  • Calvin Quek, Senior Environmental Specialist at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

  • Stephen Olson, Research Fellow at the Hinrich Foundation of Sustainable Trade

  • Tais Reznikova and Rustam Issakhojayev, CAREC

  • Stephen Lezak, PhD Candidate at the Scott Polar Research Institute

  • Rafay Alam, Environmental Lawyer, and founding partner of Saleem, Alam & Company

Presentation

At the end of every term, analysts from each team culminate their research findings in a presentation which will be delivered in week 9 or 10 to our partner institutions and representatives from key BRI stakeholder industries, ranging from foreign policy to sustainable trade.