Research fellowship

A position that’s tailor-made for anyone committed to finding out what’s happening in America and to building a 21st century that works. Fellows will receive intensive research training and will come away with a rare on-the-ground understanding of some of our country’s most pressing problems.

As a research fellow, you will gain:

An unprecedented understanding of American life. Travel to sites throughout the United States and engage in immersive discussions with Americans about their lives, relationships, jobs, health, and well-being.

An opportunity to get involved. Learn how public policy works on the ground and become part of a nationwide team—including preeminent scholars, nonprofit leaders, research scientists, and foundation leaders—committed to developing breakthrough policy.

Intensive training. Gain an intensive introduction to public policy, social science research, and data science. Learn from top scholars from Stanford University, Princeton University, and across the nation.

Career preparation. Join the next generation of leaders in government, business, the nonprofit sector, and academia. With the support from faculty members at leading universities across the country, fellows will enter the next stage of their career ready to tackle the nation’s biggest problems.

A life-changing fellowship. An impossibly challenging, meaningful, and unforgettable experience.

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“I feel honored by most everyone’s willingness to be candid and vulnerable with me as we cartwheeled through a multitude of important topics. There were tears, laughs, charming children, furry friends, and an absurd amount of cookies.”

- Aiyana Porter, 2018 fellow

Read more about other fellows’ experiences here.


Fellowship timeline

Training Institute | Summer 2019

The fellowship starts with an intensive training regimen in which fellows receive an introduction to the relevant social science and public policy research, specialized training in qualitative interviewing and survey methodology, and a nuts-and-bolts discussion of the challenges of field research. The training institute will combine classroom sessions with field practice, with each fellow receiving personalized feedback on recruiting strategies, interviewing techniques, and more. The American Voices Training Institute is led by Princeton University professor Kathryn Edin, one of the country’s leading qualitative researchers.


Research fellows will then spend a year in communities throughout the 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and Native nations. Fellows will be responsible for visiting selected households, conducting interviews, attending community meetings, collecting information on participant demographics and expenses, and writing field reports. Fellows will work in pairs and will rotate through several different locations over the course of the year.

Data Science Institute | Summer 2020

At the end of fieldwork period, fellows will reconvene for training in how to analyze the survey, conversational, and experimental data they’ve collected. The Data Science Institute will be led by top professors from Princeton University, Stanford University, and Harvard University.

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“As someone who grew up in a low-income family with a single mom, I know that speaking to people firsthand is the only way to learn what’s actually happening in their lives. It's not always what academics or politicians may think is happening.”

- Mollie Cueva-Dabkoski, 2018 fellow

Read more about Mollie’s experiences as a fellow here.



Potential opportunity to conduct research at the Federal Reserve banks

Fellows may have the opportunity to apply for an additional year-long fellowship with one of the Federal Reserve banks. This research position would begin in summer 2020. As employees of one of the Federal Reserve banks, fellows would carry out additional analyses of the data in their Federal Reserve bank district.



Regional directors

The American Voices Project is also hiring regional directors to lead teams of fellows, oversee field operations, and conduct field research. To learn more about the regional director position, click here.