Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellowship in Women and Public Policy

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 2017-2018:

  • 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.
  • 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 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 $32,680 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.

How to Apply

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 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 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 document will be considered.

**Applications for the 2017-2018 Fellowships are due by February 28, 2017.

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.