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.

2020-2021 John Blundell Fellowship 

Established in 2015, the John Blundell Fellowship is offered annually to a recent college graduate who has an interest in advancing freedom and pursuing a career in public policy, academia, journalism, philanthropy, or public service. The Blundell Fellowship is a paid, full-time role. The fellow spends one year at JWPF working as an entry-level program assistant, exploring options for future employment or graduate study, and completing a special project. The fellow will gain experience with nonprofits and will have the opportunity to engage with other organizations and leaders in the foundation’s four giving areas: public policy, education, human services, and arts (see for more information about those giving areas).


  • Monitoring JWPF-supported programs, collecting outcome data, and maintaining databases/spreadsheets to evaluate effectiveness. This includes web research, attendance at events, and some limited travel.
  • Assisting staff members in preparation for meetings of JWPF’s Board of Directors and briefing board members about ongoing or prospective grants.
  • Completing a special project (of the Fellow’s choosing) designed to build the program, administrative, or development capacity of one or more grant recipients.
  • 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.

Desired Qualifications

  • At least a four-year undergraduate degree by May 2020. Applicants with higher academic degrees will also be considered.
  • Available to work full time (M-F, normal business hours and occasional events) 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.

Salary and Benefits

Please download the entire job description for more salary and benefits information.

Application process

Applications will be accepted online from January 21, 2020 until the position is filled.

Link to online application:

The following items will be requested through the online application:

  • Cover Letter: Detail your proposed start and end date for the fellowship and availability for an in-person or telephone interview. Also, please include at least one paragraph describing your personal views about government and a public policy issue that matters the most to you.
  • Resume: Include work history and educational achievements (major/minor, club participation, awards, etc).
  • Writing Sample: A school assignment, op-ed, or some similar piece that illustrates the applicant’s style, interests, and use of supporting information (Less than 10 pages, please).
  • Three references: At least one should be professional.

Applicants may be asked to complete an additional short five-question fellowship questionnaire prior to a phone, videoconference, or in-person interview. JWPF will work with the chosen candidate to establish a start date (ideally May/June 2020) suitable for both parties.

The foundation’s website will be updated once the application period is closed. If the online application poses a challenge, please email Lindsay.Hollandsworth at All applicants will be notified about the status of their applications as soon as possible.


Contact Lindsay.Hollandsworth at or by phone at (919) 871-3329.

About John Blundell

John Blundell spent his career in the freedom movement as a highly regarded policy analyst, institution leader, and historian. Among his many accomplishments, were leading the Institute of Economic Affairs in London, serving as president of the Charles G. Koch and Claude R. Lambe Foundations, and serving as president of the Institute for Humane Studies and Atlas Network. He passed away in July 2014. You can learn more about John Blundell’s life and legacy here:

Current Fellow

Branson Inscore, 2019-2020 Fellow (UNC Chapel Hill, Class of 2019)

Past Fellows

Kayla Nguyen, 2015-2016 Fellow (University of Dallas, Class of 2015)

Blake Brewer, 2017-2018 Fellow (Catawba College, Class of 2017)

Will Rierson, 2018-19 Fellow (UNC Chapel Hill, Class of 2016)