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.

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).

Application process

Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2020-2021 Blundell Fellowship. Please email us at info at if you would like to be on our mailing list for future Blundell Fellowship opportunities.


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)