The Brookings Institution
A nonprofit public policy organization whose mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations that advance three broad goals: 1) Strengthen American democracy; 2) Foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans and 3) Secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system.

Brookings offers a number of fellowship options. Fellowship recipients are able to conduct research and develop ideas in an innovative, high-quality working environment with access to many resources. Some fellowships include a stipend and/or other benefits.  Please see website for further details.

Families USA – The Wellstone Fellowship and The Villers Fellowship
A national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans.

Offers two fellowship opportunities: the Wellstone fellowship and the Villers fellowship.  The Wellstone Fellow plays an integral role in the work of Families USA’s Minority Health Initiatives Department.  Primary responsibilities include assisting in the organization of trainings for community leaders and journalists; drafting policy briefs, fact sheets, and other publications; and developing content for the minority health pages of the Families USA Web site and for the department’s monthly e-newsletter. The Fellowship will last one year, from August 2009 through July 2010, and Fellows will receive a compensatory package that includes an annual salary of approximately $35,000 and excellent health care benefits. One Wellstone Fellow is selected each year. 

The Villers Fellow works as a full-time policy analyst in Families USA’s Health Policy Department.  Principal responsibilities include conducting primary and secondary research on a range of health care issues, including Medicaid, Medicare, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), prescription drugs, and the private insurance market, as well as writing and contributing to publications that are relevant to current health policy debates. The fellowship will last one year, from August 2009 through July 2010, and Fellows will receive a compensatory package that includes an annual salary of approximately $35,000 and excellent health care benefits. One Villers Fellow is selected each year.

Human Rights Watch
One of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights.

Offers a variety of paid fellowships in international human rights for recent graduates of law schools or graduate programs in journalism, international relations, area studies, or other relevant disciplines from universities worldwide.  Tasks include: monitoring human rights developments in various countries, conducting on-site investigations, drafting reports on human rights conditions, and engaging in advocacy aimed at publicizing and curtailing human rights violations. Past fellows have conducted research and advocacy on numerous different issues in countries all over the world. 

The Institute for Policy Studies
A policy studies non-profit think-tank for progressive or liberal causes based in Washington, D.C.  IPS’ work is organized into over a dozen projects, all working collaboratively and strategically to pursue three overarching policy goals: Peace, Justice and the Environment.

Sponsors the Seymour Melman Fellowship Program for workplace democracy and against militarism.  Please see the website for further information about this and other fellowship opportunities. 

Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Works with policymakers, scholars, and public interest groups around the country to design, execute, and disseminate research that illuminates economics and social policy issues affecting women and families, and to build a network of individuals and organizations that conduct and use women-oriented policy research.  Focuses on issues of poverty and welfare, employment and earnings, work and family issues, health and safety, and women's civic and political participation.

Offers two fellowships: the Mariam K. Chamberlain fellowship and the The IWPR/GW Fellowship in Women's Public Policy Research.  The Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow works as a general research assistant on a variety of research projects and reports. Research tasks may include reviewing literature; collecting, checking and analyzing data; gathering information; and preparing reports and report graphics. Attending relevant Congressional briefings, policy seminars and meetings is also an integral part of the fellowship program. Compensation for the fellowship is $20,000 over the 9 month period, plus health insurance and a public transportation stipend.  The recipient of the IWPR/GW fellowship will participate in research at the Institute for Women's Policy Research during the fellowship year, while enrolled as a full-time graduate student at The George Washington University. IWPR's current research program includes poverty and welfare, family and work, child care, employment and earnings, civic engagement, health and violence, and indicators of women's status. Specific research projects will be mutually agreed upon by IWPR, the fellow's advisor, and the fellow.  The IWPR/GW fellowship provides a stipend of $10,000 and 18 hours of tuition credit at The George Washington University.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Dedicated to eliminating prejudice, violence and injustice against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people at the local, state and national level.

Offers three fellowship opportunities: Holley Law Fellowships, Vaid Fellowships and Organization and Training Fellowships. Holley law fellows and externs work closely with the department’s state legislative director and transgender civil rights project director. Tasks include: drafting legislative language, letters, memos, talking points and other materials supporting local, state, and federal civil rights legislation; analyzing federal and state court decisions for their impact on civil rights for the LGBT community; producing materials for, and coordinating education of, Congress on discrimination and hate crimes against transgender people; tracking and analyzing legislation at the federal, state and local level; and collaborating with other civil rights and progressive organizations to advocate and lobby for LGBT equality.

Vaid Fellowships support and recognize the leadership of people of color and other emerging leaders in the progressive movement for LGBT equality.  Fellows are responsible for legal and policy research and writing, and will be directly supervised by a staff of nationally recognized LGBT policy experts from social science and legal research fields.  Fellows are paid a stipend of $10 per hour. Summer fellows work 40 hours per week and spring/fall fellows work 20 hours per week.

The O&T Fellowship is a paid social justice fellowship that provides the training, mentoring, and support for people who are serious about being professional political organizers for the LGBT movement. Fellows will get real campaign experience, learning to recruit hundreds of volunteers that build large-scale grassroots campaigns to change voters’ minds and hearts about the lives of LGBT people.  Tasks include: recruiting, training and motivating volunteers to understand and then carry out strategic political actions; talking face-to-face with voters about issues of importance to the LGBT community; raising grassroots dollars to feed back into priority projects; creating and leading trainings designed to teach action organizing, in the field as well as at meetings, conferences and events; collaborating with Task Force staff nationwide on Task Force priority projects; and potentially traveling an average of 15 days a month to local communities, helping them build political power.  Summer fellows are paid a stipend of $500 per week. The summer 2009 term runs from June through August with a possible November extension

Social Science Research Council
An independent, not-for-profit research organization based in New York City that mobilizes researchers, policy makers, professionals, activists, and other experts from the private and public sectors to develop innovative approaches to issues of critical social importance.

SSRC fellowship and grant programs provide support and professional recognition to innovators within fields, and especially to younger researchers whose work and ideas will have longer-term impact on society and scholarship.   Most support from the Council goes to predissertation, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowships, offered through annual, peer-reviewed competitions.  Some programs offer summer institutes, advanced research grants, and grants for professionals and practitioners to conduct research.  Most support individual researchers, rather than groups or institutions.   Although SSRC fellowship and grant programs take a variety of forms, they share the goals of supporting innovative knowledge production and of building research capacity in areas of critical social importance.  Please see website for further information. 

Society for Research in Child Development
A nonprofit professional associated dedicated to promoting multidisciplinary research in the field of human development, to fostering the exchange of information among scientists and other professionals of various disciplines, and to encouraging applications of research findings.

Offers doctoral scientists two types of year-long fellowships in the policy arena: Congressional and Executive Branch fellowships.  Fellows may participate in activities such as drafting and preparing legislation, preparing or assisting in Congressional hearings, or preparing briefs and speeches. Financial awards and scholarships are also offered for dissertation research.