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Visiting Fellow in American Political Thought for The Simon Center for Principles and Politics

The Heritage Foundation's mission is “to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.” Within the Foundation's Research Group, the main objectives of the Simon Center for Principles and Politics are to educate on the importance and application of those principles and to conduct long-term research on the best means to advance them.

The one-year Visiting Fellow in the Center for Principles and Politics is open to current university faculty on sabbatical, recent Ph.D. recipients or advanced Ph.D. candidates. Applicants should demonstrate an ability to relate the foundational principles of American political thought to contemporary issues and debates. The Fellowship aims to encourage research in one of the following four issue areas: 1). Constitutional Government 2). Statecraft and America's Role in the World 3). Modern Conservatism and Liberalism 4). Cronyism (analyzed as an outgrowth of the administrative state and not strictly as an economic problem. 

During the Fellowship, some part of which will be spent at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., the Fellow will:

  • Publish, for the Heritage Foundation and in outside venues, research papers and shorter pieces.

  • Give public lectures at Heritage.

  • Organize a conference, funded by Heritage, that brings together leading experts in one’s subject area.



  • Be a current university faculty member on sabbatical or be enrolled in, or have recently completed, a Ph.D. program in American political thought or a related field.
  • Possess a proven interest in the Center for Principles and Politics’ mission of promoting a proper understanding of America’s founding principles and applying them to inform contemporary policy debates.


  • Ideally, the scholar will work at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., but the residency requirement is flexible. Office space will be provided during the time in Washington, D.C.


  • The Fellowship will last approximately one year, but the duration and start dates are flexible, and will be determined by the successful candidate and The Heritage Foundation.


  • The Fellow will receive an annualized salary, commensurate with his/her experience. As this is a temporary position, it does not include employee benefits such as health insurance.  

To Apply:

Mail or e-mail the following materials:

1.)   A detailed proposal articulating the subject matter of your research interests and an outline of the work products you intend to produce, including research papers and shorter pieces, and the theme of the conference you will host.

2.)   C.V.

3.)   Three writing samples, preferably published.

Completed applications are being accepted until further notice. Notification will be made when the position is filled. Questions and application materials should be sent to:

Dani Doane

Senior Program Manager

B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics

The Heritage Foundation

214 Massachusetts Avenue, NE

Washington, D.C. 20002


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