The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is seeking candidates for the Voting Rights Kendall Fellowship, scheduled to begin in fall 2017. The selected applicant will work with UCS staff to develop a two-year project proposal to identify gaps in research related to voting rights and investigate barriers to public participation in U.S. elections.
The Union of Concerned Scientists, established in 1969 and the leading science-based organization engaged in analysis and advocacy, is an independent national non-profit whose scientists and engineers work to solve some of our world’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. Combining technical analysis with effective organizing and advocacy, UCS strives to create innovative, practical solutions for stemming the tide of global warming, sustainable food policy and agriculture, clean energy and transportation, and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war. The primary goal of the Kendall Fellow’s project will be to expand public understanding of the impact that voter disenfranchisement has on UCS’s ability to meet science-based policy challenges and feed that analysis into efforts to increase regular voter participation.
The Kendall Fellow must have a Ph.D. in a social science or relevant field. UCS will also accept applications from candidates who will have completed their Ph.D. by September 2017. This is a full-time position based either in UCS’s Washington, DC or Cambridge, MA office. Fellowship salaries are fixed at $72,000 for candidates with less than 3 years relevant post-Ph.D. experience and $82,000 for those with 3-8 years of post-Ph.D. experience. This position will be hosted by the Center for Science and Democracy, UCS’s newest program.
To apply, submit a cover letter, a statement of interest (up to 2 pages, including relevant background and experience, a brief description of a research idea in the selected area, and interest in working with UCS), curriculum vitae, and two references to firstname.lastname@example.org including “Voting Rights Kendall Fellowship” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. Review of initial applications will begin January 2, 2017. Final decisions will be made by the end of February, 2017.