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Visiting Fellow in American Political Thought, Simon Center

The one-year Visiting Fellow in the Simon Center for Principles and Politics is open to university faculty (on sabbatical, on leave, or retired) and to recent Ph.D.’s. Applicants should demonstrate an ability to relate the foundational principles of American political thought to contemporary issues and debates. The Fellow will conduct research in any of the areas of interest to the center including, but not limited to:

1. The Founding and Founding Principles

2. Constitutional Government and the Administrative State

3. Modern Conservatism and Liberalism 

The Fellow will:

  • Publish research papers for the Heritage Foundation.
  • Publish topical commentary in media outlets.
  • Work on his/her academic projects (in previous years, fellows have used their time at Heritage to complete books).
  • Organize a conference, funded by Heritage that brings together leading experts in one’s subject area.
  • Give public lectures at Heritage.
  • Requirements:
  • Ph.D. in Political Science or a related field.
  • Preference will be given to faculty members on sabbatical or on leave, although recent Ph.D.’s will be considered.
  • Possess a proven interest in the Simon Center’s mission of promoting a proper understanding of America’s founding principles and applying them to inform contemporary policy debates.


  • The scholar will preferably work at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. Office space will be provided.


  • The Fellowship will last one year and run from September 2017 to August 2018. 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
  • Loan privileges with the Library of Congress

To Apply:

Mail or e-mail the following materials:

1.)  A short proposal outlining what you would work on during your time at Heritage, including the publications you intend to produce and the theme of the conference you will host.

2.)  C.V.

3.)  One academic writing sample and one or two non-academic pieces, preferably published.

Completed applications are being accepted until further notice. Notification will be made when the position is filled. Questions and application materials should be sent to:


Dani Doane

Senior Program Manager

B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics

The Heritage Foundation

214 Massachusetts Avenue, NE

Washington, D.C. 20002

Email: dani.doane@heritage.org

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