Research Fellow, Education Policy Studies - The American Enterprise Institute

The American Enterprise Institute seeks a full-time research fellow to work in the education policy department, specifically the Center on Higher Education Reform.

The position’s primary responsibility is to conduct original, policy-relevant research concerning America’s system of postsecondary education. A research fellow will publish reports, mid-length journal articles, opinion pieces, and blog posts analyzing current challenges facing American higher education and offering solutions for reform at both the state and federal levels. Additionally, he or she will be expected to organize and host public and private events with higher education experts from a variety of backgrounds on topical higher education issues. The candidate should possess an interest in researching postsecondary innovation, nontraditional educational pathways, and/or workforce preparation, among other subject areas.

This position requires excellent writing, research, communication, and organization skills. The ideal candidate will have a background in higher education and significant practitioner or research experience. Additionally, he or she will have a demonstrated interest in reforming the current system of American higher education. Master’s degree required, Ph.D. preferred.

AEI offers a stimulating and harmonious work environment and excellent benefits. Qualified applicants should submit an online application to www.aei.org/jobs, complete with a resume/CV and cover letter. Please also include an example of your written work—an article, report, op-ed, or other material.


The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) is a public policy think tank dedicated to defending human dignity, expanding human potential, and building a freer and safer world. The work of its scholars and staff advances ideas rooted in a belief in democracy, free enterprise, American strength and global leadership, solidarity with those at the periphery of our society, and a pluralistic, entrepreneurial culture.

AEI is committed to making the intellectual, moral, and practical case for expanding freedom, increasing individual opportunity, and strengthening the free enterprise system in America and around the world. Its work explores ideas that further these goals, and AEI scholars take part in this pursuit with academic freedom. AEI operates independently of any political party and has no institutional positions. Its scholars’ conclusions are fueled by rigorous, data-driven research and broad-ranging evidence.