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Research Fellow for Elections (Washington, D.C.)


The Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation that invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. At the heart of our vision for the future are three core commitments: fostering more effective governance in the United States, modernizing our election and campaign finance systems, and strengthening our media and the public square to help people understand and participate in the democratic process. To date, we have committed more than $50 million in support of a healthy democracy. More information about the Democracy Fund and our sister 501c4 organization Democracy Fund Voice may be found at and


The Elections Program focuses on election administration and money in politics by supporting unbiased research, bipartisan dialogue, and unconventional solutions that will ensure the views and votes of the American public come first in our democracy. We are looking for candidates who are available part-time (20-30 hours/week) and can support the research needs of the Elections Program team, which may include both qualitative and quantitative analysis. A successful candidate has the ability to work with policy experts and academics on questions fundamental to our program and has a high interest in making meaningful contributions to elections and voting research.


  • Provide research support to the Elections Program team, which may include and is not limited to quantitative research and analysis, qualitative data gathering, and strategic planning
  • Draft assessments and analyses of existing datasets as required
  • Draft blog posts or reports for the elections team
  • Report to the Elections Research Associate and work effectively with outside research collaborators and consultants
  • Keep the team up-to-date with relevant elections and voting research, including research generated by our grantees
  • Build relationships with experts in the academic and scholarly community
  • Research issues in key policy areas relating to the Democracy Fund’s strategic objectives
  • Actively engage with all staff at the Democracy Fund as a capable and collaborative team member


  • Demonstrated experience analyzing data using statistical programs like SPSS, STATA, or similar programs and the ability to generate analyses independently
  • Superior written and oral communication skills required
  • Ability to work at least 3 days per week (20 hours minimum) for at least 6 months, preferably 1 year
  • Individuals pursuing, or recent recipients of, a PhD in political science, public policy, public administration, or related field preferred; will also consider candidates with a Master’s degree and extensive field experience in elections and voting research
  • Flexibility and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment
  • A deep passion for strengthening American democracy
  • Willingness to contribute, learn, and respectfully engage with those who have different perspectives
  • Candidates with demonstrated research experience in election administration, election law, voting rights, campaign finance, or similar subject matter preferred but not required


Applications must include: 1) a statement of interest in working for the Elections Program at the Democracy Fund, 2) relevant coursework in statistics, computer programming, and/or research design, 3) examples of SPSS (or similar) programs run and the associated output, 4) a one-page writing sample summarizing the results contained in a set of cross tabs, a graph, and a regression output, and 5) your availability, including preferred start and end dates.

The Democracy Fund is committed to a diverse workplace, seeking voices and expertise from people from across the political spectrum. Our board, staff, advisors, and grantees include Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. The Democracy Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer, where we encourage candidates of all ages, color, ethnic backgrounds, country of origins, religions, disability status, genders, and sexual orientations to apply.

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