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Research Fellow/Intern

Washington DC

The Population Institute (PI) is a Washington-based nonprofit. Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of people and the planet by supporting policies and programs that promote sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). We build support for those policies and programs by educating policymakers, policy administrators, the media, and the general public about the essential importance of achieving gender equality and promoting SRHR, as well as the personal, social, environmental, and economic benefits that arise from expanding access to SRHR services and information.

The Research Fellowship

PI’s Research Fellowship offers qualified candidates an opportunity to gain valuable experience working for a dynamic organization. The Research Fellowship gives participants an inside look at how small non-profits can make a big difference in the policy arena. This is a part-time (20 hrs per week – flexible schedule), 9 months minimum to 12 months maximum fellowship and is ideal for a current master’s degree candidate. This is a paid fellowship opportunity, and the fellow will receive $15/hour, paid biweekly.

Position Summary 

PI is currently seeking a Research Fellow to provide support to the Research Department, working directly with the Research Associate and Director of Research in conducting background research and writing for briefing papers, reports, opinion pieces, newsletters, and other educational materials. The Research Fellow will have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects and reports relating to our work on domestic and international issues. They will also attend (virtually) relevant hearings and briefings on Capitol Hill and other related events throughout DC. This position is currently remote due to Covid-19 safety protocols, but should office protocols be lifted, the Research Fellow will have the opportunity to work out of our Washington, DC office on Capitol Hill.


  • Above all, we are seeking an individual with a strong commitment to the mission and vision of the organization
  • Bachelor’s degree in a public health, policy, or related field; Master’s degree candidate preferred
  • Self-directed and motivated
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated research skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of public policy issues relating to PI’s work
  • Interest in SRHR, environmental sustainability, and human development
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, particularly in writing.

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin on September 20, 2021 and will continue until the search process concludes. If interested in applying, please email with the following materials:

  • Resume or CV
  • Cover letter
  • A writing sample (4 page max)


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Posted September 8, 2021

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