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 

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.


The application period for the fellowship has closed.

Past Fellows

Kayla Nguyen, 2015-2016 Fellow

Blake Brewer, 2017-2018 Fellow