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PRRI Public Fellows

The PRRI Public Fellows program, created in 2017 with the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation, promotes and supports interdisciplinary public scholarship through a cohort of emerging scholar-leaders from across the humanities and social sciences. The program expanded in academic year 2021-2022 as part of PRRI’s Religion and Renewing Democracy Initiative with renewed support from the Luce Foundation and an additional grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The program now includes 16 diverse scholars each year working across the four major areas of PRRI’s work, including religious, racial, and ethnic pluralism; racial justice and white supremacy; immigration and migration studies; and LGBTQ rights.

The PRRI Public Fellows program will include a $5,000 annual stipend for each fellow and annual microgrants of $12,000 in each area of research to foster collaborative new scholarship and professional relationships among the cohort.  An open call for the 2022-2023 cohort of PRRI Public Fellows can be found below, or can be viewed and downloaded here as a PDF.

Open Call for Fellowships
(Public Religion Research Institute)
Washington, D.C.

Please click here to apply

PRRI (Public Religion Research Institute) is announcing an opportunity to join a diverse cohort of 16 non-residential Public Fellows who are engaged in public scholarship at the intersection of religion, culture, and politics.

PRRI Public Fellows will work alongside the organization’s research and communications staff during the 2022-2023 academic year (August to July).  This 11-month fellowship includes a stipend, support for a course release, and access to microgrants to support collaborative work. The PRRI fellowship will benefit those who want to shape their work for broader public consumption, receive communications support for placing public-facing work in top-tier media outlets, and integrate quantitative data into their research and teaching. Successful fellows will be eligible to apply for a one-time renewal at the end of the program year.

As a part of PRRI’s Religion and Renewing Democracy Initiative, the organization is seeking applicants whose research agendas align with one of four principal vectors of PRRI’s ongoing work: 1) religious, racial and ethnic pluralism; 2) racial justice and white supremacy; 3) immigration and migration studies; and 4) LGBTQ rights.  In each area of scholarship, PRRI will select four Public Fellows.

The ideal candidates are mid-career scholars (three to twelve years since earning a terminal degree) who have an aptitude and track record of socially engaged or public scholarship. PRRI is seeking a diverse cohort in terms of academic disciplines (both humanities and the social sciences), types of institutions (college, university, seminary, or research institute), and geographic location. PRRI encourages applications from women, people of color, and other members of under-represented groups who will contribute to the diversity of the cohort.

Fellowship Benefits:

  • 11-month fellowship with a cohort of 16 diverse scholars (four from each area of PRRI’s core areas of work) engaged in public scholarship.
  • Annual fellowship stipend of $5,000/year and course release funds up to $10,000 for the spring 2023 semester.
  • Access to annual microgrants of $12,000 in each area of PRRI’s work for new interdisciplinary scholarly projects within the cohort.
  • Monthly meetings and quarterly trainings and workshops.
  • An in-person convening in Washington, D.C., with travel expenses paid by PRRI. During the convening, Fellows will meet with writers from major media outlets and leaders of advocacy groups, receive media training from PRRI’s communications consultants, and dialogue with experts in writing for trade, crossover and non-academic book publishers.
  • Advance access to PRRI data and archives.
  • Collaborative work with PRRI’s research and communications teams.
  • For Fellows from non-quantitative backgrounds, PRRI will provide training, support, and advice on how to connect public-opinion survey research to their field of expertise.

Application Requirements:

Applicants for the PRRI Public Fellows program must meet the following requirements:

  • Fellows must have a Ph.D. or comparable terminal degree plus a formal affiliation with an accredited college, university, seminary, or research institute in the United States.
  • Fellows must have earned their terminal degree at least three years ago and no more than 12 years ago.
  • Fellows should have demonstrable academic expertise in at least one of the four areas of PRRI’s work (religious, racial and ethnic pluralism; racial justice and white supremacy; immigration and migration studies; and LGBTQ rights).
  • Fellows must be authorized to work in the United States.

Application Process:

To apply for a fellowship, please click here. The application includes:

      • Statement of interest: in 800 words or less, please explain your interest in pursuing this fellowship opportunity and your professional development goals in public scholarship.
      • Current curriculum vitae
      • Work samples: please provide links to and PDF copies of three articles published within the last three years, preferably in publications or sites aimed at the general public. These samples should be your best recent work.

The application deadline is June 15, 2022.  For questions, please contact Amber Cooper at


Position: Operations Associate
Status and Location: Full-time, Washington, D.C.
Reports to: Chief of Staff
FLSA Salary Classification: Full-time Exempt

Position Summary:

The Operations Associate plays a central role in PRRI’s internal operations, providing program management and administrative support for the organization’s accounting, human resources, grants and project management, and governance functions. The incumbent is a highly organized problem solver and effective communicator who can prioritize across multiple tasks and who excels in a mission-driven, team-oriented environment. The Operations Associate will partner with the Chief of Staff to ensure the professional and efficient management of these internal areas, which in turn support PRRI’s Executive, Research and Communications teams.


  • Manage key internal operations including accounts payable, employee onboarding, and assisting with production of editorial materials with external vendors
  • Administer wider office operations, including maintaining office space and equipment, managing building and suite access, and interfacing with key vendors including the building’s property management team
  • Provide high-level scheduling support for two organization executives
  • Assist the Chief of Staff with benefits administration, grants and project management, IT administration, and governance responsibilities, including preparation for semiannual meetings of the Board of Directors


  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration or related fields
  • Minimum three years of full-time experience in operations, administrative support, or office management, with nonprofit experience preferred but not required
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office/Office 365 (including Microsoft Excel) and Google applications
  • Demonstrated skills in written and verbal communication, time management, and problem solving, with a foundation of business acumen and attention to detail
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple tasks and projects, and to maintain confidentiality of information
  • Knowledge of key project management concepts and familiarity with the Asana work-management platform preferred but not required

About PRRI:

PRRI (Public Religion Research Institute), founded in 2009, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to conducting independent research at the intersection of religion, culture, and public policy.  PRRI research explores and illuminates America’s changing cultural, religious, and political landscape.  The organization’s mission is to help journalists, scholars, pundits, thought leaders, clergy, and the general public better understand debates on public policy issues, and the important cultural and religious dynamics shaping American society and politics.

Please visit our website for more information at

Instructions for Applying:

Applications will be received until May 31, 2022, or until the position is filled. Applications will only be accepted via  Please upload a cover letter detailing how your experience fits this opportunity, along with your resume and three professional references here. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  PRRI offers a competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. No calls or agency inquiries, please.

PRRI is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and other members of under-represented groups who will contribute to the diversity of our staff.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PRRI is not accepting internships for 2022.

In a typical year, we accept applications on a rolling basis. Applicants must be currently enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students. Interns work closely with our research, communications, and strategic engagement teams assisting with a variety of tasks related to each department.

PRRI is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and other members of underrepresented groups who will contribute to the diversity of our staff.

Learn more about PRRI here.


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