Founded in 1986, the John William Pope Foundation has a proud tradition of principled giving in North Carolina and beyond. A small, dedicated staff works to uphold the values and mission of the organization. Fellowship and career opportunities with the Foundation will be posted if they are available.

Annual John Blundell Fellowship – Now Hiring

Established in 2015, the ‘Blundell Fellowship,’ named in honor of the late free market leader John Blundell, is offered annually to a recent college or university graduate who has an interest in advancing freedom and pursuing a career in public policy, academia, journalism, philanthropy, or public service.  The Blundell Fellow spends a year at the John William Pope Foundation (JWPF) working as a program assistant, exploring options for future employment or graduate study, and completing a special project.  The Fellow gains experience with nonprofits and engages with other organizations and leaders in the foundation’s four giving areas.  

  • Assisting JWPF program officers in soliciting, researching, and evaluating grant proposals.
  • Working with current and prospective grantees to ensure compliance with donor intent, foundation procedures, and legal requirements.
  • Monitoring JWPF-supported programs and collecting outcome data to evaluate effectiveness. This may include attending lectures, special events, and some limited travel.
  • Assisting other staff members in preparation for regularly scheduled meetings of the JWPF board of directors and briefing board members about ongoing or prospective grants.
  • Completing a special project designed to build the program, administrative, or development capacity of one or more JWPF grantees.


  • At least a four-year undergraduate degree by May 2018. Applicants with additional academic degrees will be considered, though the fellowship is best suited for those with limited work history.
  • Available to work full time (M-F, normal business hours with some events before/after) in Raleigh for one calendar year.
  • Able to work independently, be adaptable, exhibit high professional and personal integrity, display a sense of discretion, and have strong written and oral communication skills.


  • Paid time off, including holiday, sick, and vacation days
  • Health and dental plan, 100% employer paid
  • Salary: $35,000/year


Applications are accepted online until the position is filled. A start date will be established once a candidate is chosen. The foundation’s website will be updated once the application period is closed.

Please submit the following items as a part of your application package:

  • Cover Letter: Detail your proposed start and end date for the fellowship
  • Resume: Include work history and educational achievements (major/minor, club participation, awards, etc)
  • Writing Sample (700+words long and can be a school assignment, a newspaper column, or some similar piece that illustrates the applicant’s style, interests, and use of supporting information)
  • Fellowship Questionnaire
    • What was the best class you took as an undergraduate, and why?
    • How would you describe your personal views about politics and government?
    • What book or author has had the greatest effect on your personal philosophy?
    • What media outlets, websites, or blogs are a regular part of your news diet?
    • What are your career goals and aspirations? Have they changed since you began your post-secondary academic path?
  • Three references (one professional)

If the online application poses a challenge, please email applications to Lindsay.Hollandsworth at Applicants may be asked for a phone, videoconference, or in-person interview. Applicants will receive a confirmation email and will be notified about the status of their application as soon as possible.


Past Fellows

Kayla Nguyen, 2015-2016 Fellow

Blake Brewer, 2017-2018 Fellow