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Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellowship in Women and Public Policy

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In honor of pioneering feminist economist Mariam K. Chamberlain (MKC), IWPR offers a fellowship in public policy to a promising scholar each year.  The Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow contributes to a variety of research projects to inform policies affecting women. Research activities may include reviewing literature; collecting, checking and analyzing data; gathering information; and preparing reports and report graphics. Attending relevant Congressional briefings, policy seminars and meetings is also a component of the fellowship program. Applicants should have at least a bachelor's degree in a social science discipline (such as sociology, psychology, education, or public policy), statistics, economics, mathematics or women's studies. Graduate work is not required. Applicants should have strong quantitative and library research skills and knowledge of women's issues; familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel is required. Knowledge of STATA, SPSS, SAS, or graphics software a plus. Qualitative and or survey research experience also a plus.  IWPR will offer one Mariam K. Chamberlain fellowship for 2014-2015.

Research areas for 2014-2015 include:

  • The quality of women’s jobs, including wages, access to health insurance, paid sick leave, and workplace flexibility.
  • Increasing access to higher education and non-traditional jobs for low-income women.
  • Older women's economic issues, including social security and retirement plans.
  • The economic status of women and girls, women of color, and immigrant women across the United States.

Fellows are also responsible for a certain amount of general office work, including tasks such as responding to information requests, photocopying, assisting in maintaining the library and research files, and answering telephones.

Compensation for the fellowship is $27,000 before taxes over the 9-month period, plus health insurance and a public transportation stipend. The position is full-time and generally spans the academic year (September–May), but starting and ending dates are somewhat flexible. IWPR is committed to diversity and encourages people of all ethnic, and cultural, economic back grounds, as well as sexual orientations to apply.

About Mariam K. Chamberlain

To Apply:

Applicants should email or mail a cover letter, a resume, a list of relevant classes taken (included with the resume), and a 3-7 page writing sample, all in a single Word or PDF file, specifying they are applying for the MKC Fellowship in the e-mail subject line to Lindsey Reichlin to or the address below

Lindsey Reichlin; Fellowship Coordinator
Institute for Women's Policy Research
1200 18th Street NW, Suite 301
Washington, DC  20036

Applicants should also provide two confidential letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must be emailed or sent by mail directly by the recommender to Lindsey Reichlin, the Fellowship Coordinator to

Applications for the 2014-2015 Fellowships are due by February 15, 2014. Electronic applications are preferred. Please note that only complete applications will be considered.  Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted by May 15, 2014, or earlier.  Questions, preferably by email, may be addressed to Lindsey Reichlin at

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