The Jain Family Institute

Editorial Fellow


Editorial Junior Fellow

New York // Part Time // Editorial


The Jain Family Institute is seeking a fellow to assist with the publication of materials on our blog and weekly newsletter, and with the development of sources and tools for our internal research platform. Our publishing and research primarily concern our current projects, which include mass digitization, universal basic income, post-work society, higher education funding, and meta-research.

The ideal candidate is a current undergrad, grad student or recent graduate with a wide-ranging interest in all forms of intellectual activity and a passion for interdisciplinary engagement and social impact. You will be joining a small team of generalist-practitioners with backgrounds in philosophy, physics, political science, economics, cognitive science and literature.

The fellowship carries a stipend of $6,000, for a time commitment of 20 hours per week over six months. The fellow will report to the Editorial Director. Those interested should send a CV or résumé with contact information, a letter of interest, and a writing sample of 10–15 pages demonstrating an ability to clearly synthesize, analyze, and communicate information from a variety of sources, to

Selected candidates will be invited to an in-person interview in our Manhattan office in late August or September 2018.

Submit your materials at your earliest convenience, as submissions are considered on a rolling basis. We have a priority deadline of September 1st, though we will consider submissions as needed thereafter.


Time commitment: approximately 20 hours a week

Attendance: three times weekly, at research meetings and presentations at our SoHo office

You will work in a supportive role on a daily basis with the Editorial Director. Tasks will include:

  • Newsletter: helping source materials; performing background and fact checking on articles; proof-reading, editing and formatting; performing final check of formatting and copy before publication; maintaining and expanding subscription list
  • Blog: formatting and editing articles; writing short introductions and author bios; assisting with commissioning and the development of a roster of external writers
  • Research Platform: conducting and transcribing interviews with guest speakers and lecturers; surveying researchers on their disciplines; adding to and organizing our spreadsheet of sources; conducting initial-stage research and writing literature reviews for new areas of inquiry
  • External Communications: researching journalists and publications that cover our areas of interest, adding to our journalist list; contacting writers with information about us and recommending reading; assisting with our Twitter
  • In-house materials: writing, editing and formatting documents to be used internally and/or shared (proposal outlines, meeting minutes, memos, literature reviews, letters etc.)


  • Most important: curiosity and its corollary, an ability to learn a wide variety of areas quickly; alongside a passion for going beyond your area of expertise.
  • Current undergraduate student (junior or senior), graduate student or recent graduate in a related field.
  • Excellent analytic and/or quantitative skills; strong communication skills; a love of rigorous research and reasoned debate
  • Strong writing skills: an ability to fulfill copy writing, copy editing and proof-reading deadlines independently and in a timely manner
  • Full proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and corresponding Mac OS Programs
  • Strong familiarity and/or training with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator) and/or other compatible photo editing and layout programs
  • Strong proficiency with Mailchimp, WordPress, Pinboard, and similar communications platform

  • A stipend of $6,000, paid in monthly installments of $1,000
  • The possibility of publishing new research
  •  Opportunities to meet with scholars, policy experts, and business leader


JFI is a research incubator that builds promising ideas into real-world pilots.

Our work investigates and influences the structural forces that affect the way people live, work, and learn. Our team collaborates with industry, government, and academia to pilot scalable, high-impact interventions.

Our current active initiatives include applied research in education finance, social welfare and digital ethics.

For details about our staff and current projects, see

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