John Blundell Fellowship

“Whatever one does, one should enjoy it or learn from it. If lucky, one gets to do both simultaneously.” — John Blundell

The John Blundell Fellowship is a full-time, salaried job opportunity, onsite in Raleigh, for soon-to-be or recent college graduates interested in advancing freedom and pursuing a career in public policy, academia, journalism, philanthropy, or public service. 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.

Job Description

Monitor JWPF-supported programs, collecting outcome data, and maintaining databases/spreadsheets to evaluate effectiveness. Evaluation includes web research, attendance at events, and some limited travel.

Assist staff members in preparation for JWPF’s Board of Directors meetings and brief board members about ongoing or prospective grants.

Complete a special project (of the Fellow’s choosing) designed to build the program, administrative, or development capacity of one or more grant recipients.

Plan and lead the annual Raleigh Children’s Business Fair event in North Hills.

Assist JWPF program officers in soliciting, researching, and evaluating grant proposals.

Work with current and prospective grantees to ensure compliance with donor intent, foundation procedures, and legal requirements.

Desired Qualifications

Have recently obtained a four-year undergraduate degree OR will soon obtain your four-year undergraduate degree.  We will consider applicants with higher academic degrees. Typical fellowships commence in May.

Available to work full time (M-F, regular business hours, and occasional before/after-hours events) in person 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 &

The John Blundell Fellowship is a full-time salaried role based in our Raleigh, North Carolina office. Benefits include health, dental, paid leave, and a SIMPLE IRA. 

Applications will be accepted online until we fill the position. To read more about the salary, benefits, and what you’ll need to submit when you apply, read the full job description PDF.

About John Blundell

John Blundell (1952-2014) spent his career in the freedom movement as a highly regarded policy analyst, institution leader, and historian. Blundell led the Institute of Economic Affairs in London, served as president of the Charles G. Koch and Claude R. Lambe Foundations, and president of the Institute for Humane Studies and Atlas Network. 

Current Fellow

Wil Lowery, 2024-25 Fellow (Florida State University, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary)

Past Fellows

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

Blake Brewer, 2017-2018 Fellow (Catawba College)

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

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

Anna Martina, 2020-2021 Fellow (NC State University)

Jacob Chace, 2022-2023 Fellow (Liberty University)


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