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. We are the leading think tank in the Unites States applying quantitative and qualitative analysis of public policy through a gendered lens. IWPR advances women’s status through social science research, policy analysis, and public education. We develop new policy ideas, encourage enlightened public debate, and promote sound policy and program development. Our work also helps to change minds and improve the practices of institutions. IWPR operates on the principle that knowledge is power and that social science evidence based on strong data and analysis, compellingly presented and systematically disseminated, makes a difference in moving 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. Learn more about Mariam K. Chamberlain.


Research areas for 2020-2021:

  • 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 using Stata and Excel.
  • 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
  • Qualitative and/or survey research experience is also a plus.

Compensation for the fellowship is $49,000 before taxes and deductions over the 12-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 one year (July-June), 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.


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.

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

The application for the 2020-2021 Fellowship is now closed


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 Cynthia Hess, Chief Operating Officer, at Letters can also be mailed to the following address:

Institute for Women’s Policy Research

1200 18th Street NW, Suite 301

Washington, DC 20036


Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted by mid-April or earlier. Questions may be addressed to Cynthia Hess, Chief Operating Officer, 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.