Now Hiring: Higher Education Policy Fellow

Higher Education Policy Fellowship

The Martin Center’s Higher Education Policy Fellowship is offered annually to a recent college or university graduate who has an interest in reforming higher education and pursuing a career in public policy, academia, journalism, or philanthropy. The fellow spends a year at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal working as a policy assistant, exploring options for future employment or graduate study, and completing a special project. The Fellow will gain experience with nonprofits and will have the opportunity to engage with other organizations and leaders in public policy reform.

The fellow will spend a year with Martin Center experts:

  • Examining the policies that states and universities should adopt to be more efficient, effective, and transparent;
  • Building expertise in higher education governance, budgets, and operations;
  • Expanding the Martin Center’s capacity to educate decision-makers and citizens outside North Carolina;
  • Preparing the Martin Center’s policy proposals to be shared across the country; 
  • Learning how other states can begin to improve higher education; and
  • Traveling and networking to become part of the larger reform movement.


Applicants should have at least a four-year undergraduate degree.  Applicants with additional academic degrees (graduate level or beyond) will also be considered, though the fellowship is best suited for those with limited work history. The ideal candidate will have an understanding of classical liberalism and a commitment to individual liberty and personal responsibility.

Applicants should be available for full-time employment based in Raleigh for one calendar year. The Martin Center will work with the chosen candidate to establish a start date between January and February 2020.

Applications should contain:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample: Should be at least 700 words long and can be a school assignment, a newspaper column, an online column/blog post, or some similar piece that illustrates your writing style, interests, and use of supporting information
  • List of references

Please send completed application packets to Jenna Robinson at

Applicants may be asked for phone, video-conferencing, or in-person interviews.  All applicants will be notified about the status of their applications as soon as possible.  

The fellowship provides a compensation package of $30,000 per year, a health and dental plan, holidays, and paid time off.