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The John Kenneth Galbraith Policy Fellowship Program

Posted Jul 01 2011 at 9:51 AM
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The John Kenneth Galbraith Policy Fellowship Program

UPDATE:  The application deadline or the John Kenneth Galbraith Policy Fellowship is now over.  We will be contacting applicants soon with our decision.  Thank you!


The ADA Education Fund awards Galbraith Fellowships to outstanding college graduates or graduate students. Fellows are selected from a national pool of applicants and must demonstrate strong research/writing skills, community service, a commitment to liberal ideals, and plans for future study or a career in public policy.  This is a paid fellowship program.

Research Topics for Prospective Galbraith Fellows

1. Financial Transparency & Reform. From offshore bank accounts to illegal wire transfers, the need for financial transparency has never been more urgent. How do our nation’s (and individual states’) banking laws protect the wealthiest and hurt the rest of us?
2. Marriage Equality. The issue of marriage rights continues to be at the forefront of LGBT civil rights on both the federal level and in many states. What will it take to make progress on equalizing our laws for this community? How can we ensure that our country continues to move forward (repealing DADT) rather than backwards with proposals like DOMA?
3. Unemployment. As our country is starting to recover from the Great Recession, the hopeful economic news not benefited the entire population equally. There has been a disproportionate impact on young people, who are facing serious challenges in finding jobs. In order to address the lingering effects, we need to know the causes of their continuing joblessness, as well as possible solutions.
4. The Campaign Against Public Employees & Public Services. The workers who provide our communities with vital services are facing a vitriolic and direct campaign against their jobs and retirement security. The effort to protect the public-- and to protect public services and public workers-- is crucial in ensuring that short-sighted interests and agendas don’t determine government priorities. What is the long-term impact & fiscal consequences of cutting taxes and changing collective bargaining laws?
5. The Shrinking Middle Class. Starting with Reagan’s “Trickle Down” economics, our country’s working families have suffered under the impact of policies that favored corporate and wealthy interests. What should be done to offer greater support and opportunities for Americans who get neither the subsidies of the poor nor the tax breaks of the super-rich?

Click here for more information on the John Kenneth Galbraith Policy Fellowship Program and for application details.

Please take a look at the work of our recent Fellows, who have delved into the topics of

This is a paid fellowship.  To apply, please complete the form and send it along with the requested materials to the ADA Education Fund. Applications must be submitted by June 30, 2011, 5:00pm EST. Please e-mail your application materials to fellowships@adaction.org

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