The Jain Family Institute

Editorial Fellow


Editorial Fellow

New York // Part Time // Editorial


The Jain Family Institute is seeking a fellow to assist with the publication of our blog and weekly newsletter, and with the development of our external communications program. Our publishing and research primarily concern our current projects, which include digital ethics, universal basic income, higher education finance, and metaresearch.

The ideal candidate will be a graduate student or recent college graduate in a field related to JFI’s work, with wide-ranging interest in all forms of intellectual activity and a passion for interdisciplinary engagement and social impact. Knowledge of economics, social science, or philosophy is extremely helpful for this role. JFI’s editorial work is growing quickly, and a self-starting, creative, and resourceful approach is crucial. You will be joining a team of generalist-practitioners with backgrounds in policy and academia.

The fellowship carries a stipend of $15,000 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 December 2018.

Submit your materials at your earliest convenience, as submissions are considered on a rolling basis. We have a priority deadline of December 5th, though we will consider submissions as needed thereafter.


Time commitment: 20 hours a week

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


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

  • External Communications: Researching journalists and publications that cover our areas of interest; outreach to scholars and writers; promotion of blog posts; assisting with Twitter content and advertising; and assistance with the development and formalization of communications strategies.

  • Newsletter: Researching and summarizing context and reception of new studies and policy proposals; proof-reading, editing and formatting; performing final check of formatting and copy before publication; and expanding the subscription list.

  • Blog: editing and formatting articles in Markdown; writing short introductions and author bios; assisting with commissioning and the development of a roster of external writers; pitching posts and interviews.

  • 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.


  • Most important: curiosity and its corollary, an ability to learn a wide variety of areas quickly; a passion for going beyond your area of expertise

  • Excellent analytic and communication skills; a love of rigorous research

  • Graduate student or recent graduate in a field related to JFI’s work

  • Strong writing skills: an ability to fulfill copy writing, copy editing and proof-reading deadlines independently and in a timely manner

  • Strong proficiency with Mailchimp, Twitter and its advertising tools, Markdown, Kirby

  • A stipend of $15,000, paid in bimonthly installments of $1,250

  • The possibility of publishing new research

  • Opportunities to meet with scholars, policy experts, and business leaders


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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