November 20, 2013

2014 James Marshall Postdoctoral Public Policy Fellowship

The James Marshall Public Policy Fellowship
The next anticipated vacancy in this position will be fall, 2014 .


The goals of SPSSI’s James Marshall Fellowship in Public Policy are to train early career scientists to 1) contribute to the effective use of scientific knowledge about social issues in the formation of public policy; 2) educate the scientific community about how research can contribute to the development of public policy; and 3) establish a more effective liaison between social scientists and various policy-making mechanisms.

This position is supported, in part, by an endowment provided to SPSSI by the James Marshall Fund. The Fellowship provides support over a one- or a two-year term for a new doctoral-level fellow to work outside the academic setting at the interface of science and policy in Washington DC. The Fellow should expect to use social-psychological research to inform the public policy making process while working full-time in a Congressional or Executive branch office.

The Marshall Fellow participates in a range of activities involving the application of psychological research to  analyze specific social policies and develop science-informed policy. The policy focus of the work varies from year to year depending on the fellow’s Congressional placement. Collaboration with SPSSI’s policy coordinator, Dalmas Taylor summer intern, and members is typical, as is participation in SPSSI’s Council meetings.


The Marshall Fellowship is open to post-doctoral scientists from any discipline relevant to the psychological study of social issues. Applicants must hold a PhD or PsyD before the start of the fellowship and be a member of SPSSI. Candidates must demonstrate interest or involvement in the application of social science to social issues and policies, have a sound scientific background, and demonstrate sensitivity toward policy issues. Candidates should be interested in and knowledgeable about at least one current social issue such as homelessness, violence, adolescent pregnancy, child abuse, etc. Candidates must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Individual initiative and an ability to work cooperatively with others having diverse viewpoints are critical. Knowledge of policy processes at the national level, along with placement goals is desirable, but not essential.


The James Marshall Public Policy Fellowship with the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) will be available for 2014-2015, with an anticipated start date of September 1, 2014.

The current stipend is $55,000 per year plus health and vacation benefits.


APPLICATIONS are to be submitted online.<>  Please limit the number and size of files uploaded when applying online.

  *   Curriculum vita with current contact information.
  *   A 1000 word biographical statement of experience and interest in policy activities and/or social issues, career goals, interest in the position, placement priorities, and objectives desired from the Fellowship. Please indicate preference for either a one- or a two-year Fellowship commitment.
  *   A 600 word briefing statement using social science data and related information to inform a legislator about a specific social issue of your choice.
  *   Three letters of reference addressing applicant's abilities, experience, and motivation as related to this position. These letters can be uploaded along with the other applications materials, or referees can email them separately to<>, with the words "Marshall Fellowship Reference Letter for [your name]" in the subject line.

DEADLINE for submission of all application materials is March 1, 2014. Notification of selection is expected on or around April 15.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Dr. Susan Dudley<>, SPSSI's Executive Director.

Click here for a list of past James Marshall Public Policy Fellows<>

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