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The James Marshall Public Policy Fellowship

Modified: January 18, 2017

Program Description 

The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) James Marshall Fellowship in Public Policy trains early career scientists to 1) contribute to the effective use of scientific knowledge about social issues in the formation of public policy at the federal level; 2) educate the scientific community about how research can contribute to the development of public policy; and 3) establish a more effective liaison between social scientists and various policy-making mechanisms.
This position is supported, in part, by an endowment provided to SPSSI by the James Marshall Fund. The fellowship provides support for a post-doctoral level fellow to work full-time for one year (September 1 to August 31) in the U.S. Congress in Washington, DC. The fellow should expect to use psychological research to inform the public policy making process while working full-time in a congressional office.

The Marshall Fellow participates in a range of activities involving the application of psychological research to analyze specific social policies and develop science-informed policy. The policy focus of the work varies from year to year depending on the fellow’s congressional placement. Past fellows have carried out placements in both the House and Senate and have engaged in a diverse range of policymaking activities (e.g., drafting legislation, writing speeches and talking points, planning hearings, meeting with constituents and outside groups, conducting background research).

Read more about the program here.

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