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IWPR is currently seeking candidates to serve as fellows in the following positions:

-Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow
-Communications Fellow

See below for more information and how to apply.

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.

Responsibilities include:

- Reviewing and compiling literature and information.
- Collecting, checking and analyzing data.
- Preparing reports and report graphics.
- Fact checking and editing.
- Attending relevant Congressional briefings, policy seminars and meetings.
- Fellows are 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.

Research areas for 2015-2016:

- The quality of women’s jobs, including wages, paid sick leave, paid family leave, and workplace flexibility.
- Increasing access to higher education and non-traditional jobs for low-income women and women with children.
- Examining socioeconomic supports for women in job training programs, and for college students with children.
- 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.


- 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.

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), though 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.

Learn more about Mariam K. Chamberlain.

Application instructions:

Applicants must submit:

1) a cover letter;
2) a CV/resume, including a list of relevant classes taken;
3) a 3-7 page writing sample; and
4) two confidential letters of recommendation (instructions below).

Please email your cover letter, CV/resume, and writing sample to All application materials must be submitted in a single Word or PDF document.

Two confidential letters of recommendation are required in addition to the application materials listed above. Letters of recommendation must be emailed directly by the recommender to Lindsey Reichlin, the Fellowship Coordinator, at Letters can also be mailed to the following address:

Lindsey Reichlin, Fellowship Coordinator
1200 18th Street NW, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20009

**Please note that only complete applications submitted in a single document will be considered.
**Applications for the 2014-2015 Fellowships are due by February 28, 2015

Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted by mid-May or earlier. Questions may be addressed to Lindsey Reichlin at NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Individuals from underrepresented groups encouraged to apply. IWPR is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

Communications Fellowship

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, D.C., is seeking a Communications Fellow to contribute to the organization’s  communications and outreach efforts. This 9-month position will last from January/February 2015 through September/October 2015.  The Communications Fellow will work with IWPR’s communications team and other IWPR staff, membrs to improve conditions for women by sharing IWPR’s information with a growing network of advocates, policymakers, thought leaders, media representatives, and members of the public. The Communications Fellow will report to the Senior Communications Manager, and will work closely with the Senior Communications Associate.

Communications Fellow Responsibilities:

Events, Outreach, and Online Communications

  • -Assist with planning, coordination, and publicizing IWPR events and speaking engagements, including a summer 2015 event(s) related to IWPR’s Status of Women in the States project
  • -Assist with outreach to policymakers, journalists, advocates, and researchers related to IWPR’s Status of Women in the States and other projects
  • -Help to maintain and expand IWPR’s social media reach by creating shareable content based on IWPR publications and keeping up on current trends in social media
  • -Maintain IWPR’s email contact database
  • -Assist with drafting and editing content including blog posts, website content, and print and email newsletters and alerts
  • -Perform regular website maintenance and track website statistics using Google Analytics, Google AdWords, and social media analytics.
  • -Assist with the production of IWPR’s quarterly newsletter
  • -Potentially assist with publication layout and design.


Media and Public Relations

  • -Assist with creating and maintaining targeted media lists for broadcast, radio, print, and online outlets
  • -Assist with daily media monitoring
  • -Contribute to  press releases/media advisories and distribute to press lists
  • -Assist with fielding press calls and scheduling interviews between journalists and IWPR experts
  • -Respond to information requests from IWPR members and the public.


The Fellow will also assist with some administrative tasks, including periodically answering phones, filing, printing, and other duties as needed.


  • -B.A. or B.S. degree
  • -Prior experience through internships, employment, or coursework in communications, journalism, or graphic design highly desirable
  • -General knowledge of, or eagerness to learn more about, policy and research issues affecting women and their families.
  • -Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies.
  • -Excellent writing, editing, and research skills
  • -Strong organizational skills, with the capacity to prioritize work, meet deadlines on multiple projects, be detail oriented, and maintain progress on longer term projects
  • -Excellent computer skills; Experience with Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop a plus
  • -Experience with updating or maintaining website content management systems preferred.


Salary and Benefits:
Compensation for the fellowship is $29,640 over the 9-month period, plus health insurance and a public transportation stipend.

About the Institute for Women’s Policy Research:

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue, and strengthen families, communities, and societies. IWPR conducts research on policy issues of critical importance to women and their families, including employment and earnings, work/life issues, poverty and income security, and health, and political participation and engagement. IWPR also works to build networks among researchers, policy makers, business and labor leaders, and advocates. IWPR's work is supported by foundation grants, government grants and contracts, donations from individuals, and contributions from organizations. IWPR is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. IWPR works in affiliation with the Public Policy and Public Administration and Women’s Studies programs at the George Washington University.

Application Instructions:

To apply, submit a resume or CV, cover letter, writing sample, and a list of three references with contact information, preferably in a single PDF or Word document to Please include “Communications Fellow” in the email subject line.

Applications for the 2015 Communications Fellow will be considered on a rolling basis, and we expect the fellowship to begin in January or February.

IWPR is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

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