Research Fellowship in American Studies
Guided by the enduring principles of the American Founding, the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics promotes ideas and policies that aim to restore limited constitutional government. It does so by sponsoring lectures, hosting seminars, and crafting publications aimed at teaching up-and-coming and current leaders about the foundations of liberty, with a focus on the principles of the American political tradition, the fundamentals of economic freedom, and the basics of conservative thought and public policy.
The one-year Research Fellowship in American Studies is for recent college graduates interested in how the principles of American political thought and statesmanship relate to the issues and debates of current American politics. The Fellowship is designed to advance promising graduates who are interested in the prudent application of enduring principles to modern public policy debates.
The Research Assistant will conduct research for and support writing projects under the guidance of Matthew Spalding, Heritage Vice President for American Studies. The Research Assistant will also have the opportunity to write blogs and short essays on issues followed by the Center, participate in reading groups, and attend lectures and briefings on the Hill and elsewhere in the city, and the Research Assistant will also assist with the Center’s various educational programs and activities.
Candidates must possess a basic knowledge and commitment to the principles of the Founding, coupled with a general understanding of the modern progressive movement; in-depth research abilities; the capacity to present large amounts of information concisely and clearly; and solid writing skills.
For more information on the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics, its various publications and programs, visit www.heritage.org/initiatives/first-principles
Where: The Assistant will work alongside Center for Principles and Politics staff at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. The Assistant must reside in the Washington, D.C. area during the Fellowship and will work full-time at The Heritage Foundation for the length of the Fellowship. The Assistant is responsible for arranging his/her own living arrangements.
When: The Research Assistant in American Studies is approximately a twelve-month (July 15 – June 30), non-renewable academic fellowship.
Compensation: Recipient will receive an annualized salary of $36,000 (amounting to approximately $3,000 each month-before taxes) in addition to a travel reimbursement and a book stipend related to the Assistant’s research project. This is a temporary position that does not include employee benefits such as health insurance.
Mail or e-mail the following materials to the Simon Center for Principles and Politics:
1.) Resume or CV.
2.) Copy of undergraduate transcripts
3.) Two letters of recommendation (at least one from a professor in a relevant field).
4.) A brief statement describing your interest in the Fellowship and what you hope to achieve with it, and your areas of study and your longer-term goals. (approx. 500 words)
5.) An academic writing sample (not to exceed 15 pages)
Completed applications are being accepted until further notice. Notification will be made in early June. Please send completed application materials to: