Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Global Markets Assistantships

The Global Markets Assistantship is designed to attract into the IPED Program highly qualified applicants who seek careers, usually in the private sector, in the analysis of international commercial and financial markets. To be considered for a Global Markets Assistantship an applicant must intend to specialize in either International Banking and Finance or in International and Development Economics.  We give preference to candidates on the following basis:
  • Previous relevant professional experience in International Business.
  • Professional proficiency in English and another language widely used in international business.
  • Strong cross-cultural skills.
Global Markets Assistantships are awarded solely on the basis of merit without regard to citizenship or religious affiliation. These fellowships include a full tuition scholarship combined with a generous stipend. Recipients must be full-time students. As part of their assistantship duties, Global Markets Assistants serve on the editorial board of Fordham's Emerging Markets Watch.

Assistantship recipients follow the standard MA Program, but are expected to specialize in either International Banking and Finance or in International and Development Economics.  During the summer after their first year of study, these students will normally complete the requirements for the Advanced Certificate in Emerging Markets and Country Risk Analysis while doing an internship in New York City. US citizens are expected to apply for a summer analyst position with the New York Federal Reserve Bank.  These students are also free to participate during the summer in our Emerging Markets Travel Program.  For post-graduate placement Global Markets Assistantship recipients who are US citizens are also encouraged to apply to the Mountbatten Internship Programme in London.

Applicants for a Global Markets Assistantship must submit a formal application including three letters of recommendation, general aptitude scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and transcripts of previous undergraduate and graduate course work. International students must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For Global Markets Assistantship applicants, your letters of recommendation should document your professional proficiency in a modern language besides English, your cross-cultural skills, and your professional work ethic.  Finally your statement of purpose should give some tentative plans regarding your intended career path.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting the IPED office at:

International Political Economy and Development Program
Fordham University
Bronx, New York 10458, USA
(718) 817-4064

IPED's Global Markets Assistantship honors the memory of Benedetto de Goes, S.J.  Goes was a Jesuit Brother who traversed the Silk Road, that ancient commercial link between East and West, in the early 17th century.  His travels established the fact that the Cathay that Macro Polo visited in the 13th century was the same China that Portuguese explorers and merchants had reached by sea in the 16th century.  The Silk Road dates as early as the Roman Empire and the Han Dynasty and is an example of how international commerce can bring diverse cultures together in mutually beneficial enterprises.

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