Apply now to be a State Policy Fellow

SPP Fellowship graphic-02Interested in helping us to shape public policy in Oklahoma or another state? Check out this great opportunity to be a part of the 2016 class of State Policy Fellows.

The State Policy Fellowship places recent public policy graduates in leading state-based policy organizations to conduct research and analysis in areas like health care, taxes, anti-poverty policy, education, and criminal justice. State Policy Fellows spend two years with an influential state policy organization (such as Oklahoma Policy Institute) or with one of two Washington, D.C.-based organizations, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy or the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Fellows will be placed in a location based on their preference.

The Fellowship is a project of the State Priorities Partnership, a national network coordinated by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, one of the nation’s premier policy institutes. The fellowship is designed to:

  • Bring diverse perspectives to state policy debates. To expand the voices that speak with authority in state policy debates, the program identifies highly qualified candidates with a track record of working on public policies affecting low-income and diverse communities and policies with implications for racial equity.
  • Make a difference for vulnerable families and communities. Working in independent, highly respected policy organizations across the country, Fellows analyze the impact of state budget and tax policy choices on low-income residents, promote positive reforms, and collaborate with advocates to engage the public on the impacts of public policies on local communities.
  • Launch careers. State Policy Fellows spend two years developing expertise in issues such as state budget and tax policies, health care, education finance, family economic security, and criminal justice. Fellows will travel to Washington, D.C. for training and career development and work with mentors, and they will have access to ongoing training and opportunities for professional growth.

Eligible candidates must have received a graduate degree in public policy, public affairs, economics, law, social work, public health, or a related field within the past two years, or expect to receive a degree before August 1, 2016; have a strong academic record; and be eligible to work full-time in the United States for the two-year duration of the program. Fellows earn a base salary of $45,000 to $50,000 per year (regional salary adjustments may be applied to higher-cost locations). Health benefits are included.

The application deadline is January 25, 2016. For more information on the fellowship and to read more about the current class of fellows, visit

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Gene Perry worked for OK Policy from 2011 to 2019. He is a native Oklahoman and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in history and an M.A. in journalism.

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