Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellowship in Women and Public Policy

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), located in Washington, D.C., conducts and communicates research to inspire public dialogue, shape policy, and improve the lives and opportunities of women of diverse backgrounds, circumstances, and experiences. 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 areas for 2018-2019:

  • 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.
  • The impact of new technology on the changing nature of work and its gender composition.
  • The economic status of women and girls, women of color, and immigrant women across the United States.

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.


  • Applicants should have at least a bachelor’s degree, preferably 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.
  • Interest in and familiarity with an intersectional approach to women’s issues.
  • Applicants should have strong quantitative and library research skills and knowledge of women’s issues.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word required, Excel is a plus.
  • Knowledge of STATA, SPSS, SAS, or graphics software a plus.
  • Qualitative and or survey research experience also a plus.

Compensation for the fellowship is $33,300 before taxes and deductions over the 9-month period.  The fellowship offers health insurance benefits, accrued sick leave and vacation, paid holidays, 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 backgrounds, as well as sexual orientations to apply.

Learn more about Mariam K. Chamberlain.

Application instructions:

Applicants must submit:

  1. a cover letter;
  2. a resume/CV, 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 PDF file.

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 Mary Sykes, the Fellowship Coordinator, at Letters can also be mailed to the following address:

Mary Sykes, Fellowship Coordinator

1200 18th Street NW, Suite 301

Washington, DC 20036

**Please note that only complete applications submitted in a single PDF will be considered.

**Applications for the 2018-2019 Fellowships are due by February 28, 2018.

Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted by mid-May or earlier. Questions may be addressed to Mary Sykes at We ask that applicants kindly refrain from calling by phone with questions about the fellowship program.

Individuals from underrepresented groups are 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.