Current openings

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Wilkes Fellow

Final Deadline: December 1, 2019

The D.C. Policy Center is launching the Wilkes Fellowship program, which will support original research to be conducted by a current or recent graduate student in an area of current interest and importance to the Policy Center. Supported by a generous gift from The Wilkes Company, the Wilkes Fellowship program aims to introduce graduate students and young researchers to applied regional and policy analysis while advancing a key goal of the D.C. Policy Center: to provide objective, targeted, and high-quality data analyses to support robust and productive policy debate in the District of Columbia.

Following a competitive application process, the Wilkes Fellow will be appointed to a one-year term, conducting original research and analysis on issues in one or more of the Policy Center’s research focus areas, such as housing, workforce development, or the economy. The fellow’s work will be published by the D.C. Policy Center. Accordingly, the Wilkes Fellow will participate in, and contribute to, the intellectual life of the Policy Center. The fellowship includes a $10,000 stipend and ongoing editorial and analytical support from the Policy Center’s research team.

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Independent Fellows

Deadline: Rolling

The D.C. Policy Center is looking for established researchers, journalists, data scientists, data visualization experts, and policy wonks of all stripes to write for the Center’s website as independent research Fellows. Our Fellows produce data-driven, D.C.-centered analyses on a variety of topics, including housing, public health, employment and labor markets, business environments, D.C. history, demographic change, transportation, and criminal justice.

Articles must include original research or data analysis focused on the District of Columbia. The ideal candidate is an independent thinker with excellent research, analysis, and writing skills, as well as a demonstrated interest in urban data and policy, especially the District of Columbia’s economy or demography.

Please note that Fellows are independent contractors who are paid per piece; this is not a full-time or onsite position.

Application instructions

Please send a resume, brief cover letter, and two relevant writing samples to jobs@dcpolicycenter.org. In your cover letter, please include your specific research interests, and 1-3 brief pitches for article(s) that you would pursue as a Fellow. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Note: We also consider submissions from one-time contributors. Please contact jobs@dcpolicycenter.org for more information.


Education Policy Initiative Expert Contributor

Deadline: Rolling
In addition to the Fellows program, the Education Policy Initiative at the D.C. Policy Center is looking for researchers, journalists, practitioners, academics, and data scientists (especially with local knowledge) to produce data-driven analyses that will inform D.C.’s ongoing education policy conversations. Initial cornerstone topics include mental health support in schools, boundary revision processes, higher education access and success, chronic absenteeism, dual language schools, and lottery preferences.

Similar to the Fellows program, articles must include original research or data analysis focused on the District of Columbia. The expectation is that each contributor would produce one piece in their area of interest. Please note that expert contributors are independent contractors who are paid per piece; this is not a full-time or onsite position.

Application instructions

Please send a resume, brief cover letter with pitches for articles within a certain cornerstone topic, and two relevant writing samples to chelsea@dcpolicycenter.org with the subject “Education Policy Initiative expert contributor application”.


About the D.C. Policy Center

The D.C. Policy Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) think tank focusing on local policy issues in the District of Columbia and the surrounding region. Through data-driven and action-oriented policy research, the D.C. Policy Center’s mission is to bring together policymakers, employers, industry leaders, community advocates, and other stakeholders to advance comprehensive policies that support a strong and growing local economy for all District residents.

The D.C. Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status, or any other protected status under federal or District law.

Please contact jobs@dcpolicycenter.org with any questions.