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Research Assistant (Temporary)

Guided by the enduring principles of the American Founding, the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics defends the institutions and civic virtues that sustain republican self-government. It does so by publishing essays and reports, running educational programs, and sponsoring lectures aimed at defending constitutionalism, promoting conservatism and pushing back against the excesses of progressive-liberalism.

The one-year Research Assistant position is for recent graduates interested in American political thought and its development. The Research Assistant will conduct in-depth research projects under the guidance of David Azerrad, the Director of the Simon Center. The Research Assistant will also have some opportunity to publish op-eds, attend lectures and briefings on Capitol Hill, while helping with the Center’s various educational programs and administrative functions. 

Candidates must possess:

  • BA or MA, preferably in political science
  • In-depth research abilities
  • The capacity to present large amounts of information concisely and clearly
  • Solid writing skills
  • A sound understanding of American political thought from the Founding until today.

Where: The Research Assistant will work full-time at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C, and must therefore reside in the area during the fellowship. The Research Assistant is responsible for arranging his/her own living arrangements. 

When: The fellowship runs for twelve months and is not renewable.

Compensation: This is a temporary position that does not include employee benefits such as health insurance. 

To apply, email the following materials:

  • Resume
  • Academic transcripts
  • A brief statement describing your interest in the Fellowship, your areas of interest, and what you hope to do afterwards (300-500 words)
  • An academic writing sample on a subject that bears on the Center’s work (15 pages max)
  • A short non-academic writing sample (blog or op-ed, 3 pages max).

Completed applications are being accepted until further notice. Questions and application materials should be sent to: Dylan Brant at

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