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Visiting Fellow in American Political Thought (Temporary)

Title:                        Visiting Fellow in American Political Thought (Temporary)

Reports to:              Director, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles

Job Summary:          The Visiting Fellow will conduct research in any of the areas of interest to the center including, but not limited to The Founding and Founding Principles; Constitutional Government and the Administrative State; Modern Conservatism and Liberalism; The American Regime (broadly understood), publish research papers for The Heritage Foundation and topical commentary in the public square. This one-year Fellowship is open to university faculty (on sabbatical, on leave, or retired) and to recent Ph.D.’s. Applicants.  The Fellow should demonstrate an ability to relate the foundational principles of American political thought to contemporary issues and debates.

Job Duties:

  • Publish 3 to 4 research papers for the Heritage Foundation, based on a previously agreed-upon research proposal.
  • Publish topical commentary in media outlets.
  • Organize a conference, funded by Heritage that brings together leading experts in one’s subject area.
  • Give public lectures at Heritage.

Skill Factors:

Education:                   Ph.D. in political science, or related field

Experience:                 Preference will be given to faculty members, although recent Ph.D.’s will be considered.

Communication:         Excellent writer; Established track record of publications.


Special Skills/Requirements:  

  • Understand and support the Heritage mission and vision for America, and the Simon Center’s goals and objectives.


  • The scholar will preferably work at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. Office space will be provided. The residency requirement, however, is flexible and the fellow need not relocate to Washington, D.C.


  • The Fellowship will last one year and run from September 2020 to August 2021. The duration and start dates, however, are flexible and will be determined by the successful candidate and the Heritage Foundation.


  • The Fellow will receive an annualized salary, commensurate with his/her experience. As this is a temporary position, it does not include employee benefits such as health insurance.  

Additional Benefits:

  • Ongoing research support from Center’s staff (including a dedicated intern for research)
  • Loan privileges with the Library of Congress
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