The Institute for Policy Studies is the nation’s oldest and largest multi-issue think tank promoting progressive thought. Our various fellowships offer young scholars and leaders opportunities to develop analytical, writing, and organizing skills as they become the next generation of public scholars.
New Mexico Fellowship
The New Mexico Fellowship allows college graduates residing in New Mexico to come to IPS for one year. The Fellow will work closely with various IPS projects or departments and will become an essential part of that project’s staff. While at IPS, the New Mexico Fellow will be mentored closely by a variety of IPS experts and that mentorship will continue once the Fellow returned home. New Mexico Fellows are expected to return to New Mexico after their time at IPS to apply their learning in a local setting.
The Newman Fellowship
The Carol Jean and Edward F. Newman Fellowship was created to provide young scholars and leaders an opportunity to delve more deeply into public scholarship and the progressive movement. The Newman Fellow serves as a part of the Communications Team, and assists in raising public awareness about the Institute and its work.
New Economy Maryland (NEM) Fellowship
The New Economy Maryland Fellowship focuses on building power to create change in the great state of Maryland. We bring together a diverse group of 10-15 future leaders.
New Economy Maryland fellows participate in a professional development program that focuses on mastering a compelling conceptual framework for transforming Maryland into a more equitable, environmentally sustainable, and democratic state, as well as writing effectively.
NEM Fellows bring a wide range of intellectual and activist backgrounds to the table and benefit from mentoring and training to become leaders of a new movement on the cusp of creating real and lasting positive change. NEM Fellows also engage in an activist lab intended to create learning opportunities through collective action.
Learn more about the NEM Fellowship.
Community Leaders Fellowship
The Community Leaders Fellowship is run by IPS’s Boston office and engages local neighbors committed to making their community, and the world, a better place. Fellows contribute to IPS’s local pilot initiative, the Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition, and in exchange receive tailored professional coaching and group support. The program help participants discern their passions and apply them to a meaningful career path building social justice.
The CLF reaches individuals who usually get excluded from the fold of leadership and whose participation is critical to building the society we want and need. By reaching people who are traditionally marginalized from movements, and people who are under-employed and unemployed, we are engaging the gifts of many who might otherwise find it difficult, or impossible, to contribute to movements for sustainability, justice and equity. Read more here.
Michael Ratner Middle East Fellowship
IPS’s Middle East Fellowship is named for people’s lawyer and former National Lawyers Guild president and long-time president of the Center for Constitutional Rights Michael Ratner, who passed away too early in the spring of 2016. Michael’s passion for Palestinian rights, for ending US wars and occupations in the Middle East, for challenging US aggression around the world, for imagining a new foreign policy based on internationalism instead of empire – as well as his powerful commitment to teaching and mentoring younger lawyers and law students – all serve as the basis for making the IPS fellowship a part of Michael’s legacy.
The Fellowship aims to provide a one-year opportunity for an emerging public scholar, at a mid-career or earlier level, to spend a year working with IPS’s Middle East expert Phyllis Bennis, who directs the IPS New Internationalism Project. The project work includes a broad range of public scholarship (writing, speaking, organizing, advocacy) focused on transforming U.S. policy regarding Palestine, wars in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and beyond, the Iran nuclear deal and sanctions, U.S. domination of Middle East issues in the United Nations, and, overall, supporting diplomacy over war. The project is currently developing a new area of work linking our issues to both immigration and Islamophobia through the rising sanctuary movement at the city and state level, along with work linking refugee protection work to opposing the wars that create refugee flows. The Ratner Fellow will join Phyllis in much of that work, while having the opportunity to integrate their existing work. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in IPS including staff meetings, collaborations with other project staff, and involvement with the broader intellectual and activist life of the Institute.