ISDL Fellowship


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The Institute for the Study of Democracy and Liberalism at Long Island University is seeking an upper level undergraduate student or a graduate student in political economy, political science, philosophy, psychology or a related field, for the position of Fellow for the Spring and Fall semesters of 2017. This position comes with a $4,000 to $5,000 stipend, and is renewable for a second semester.

Besides an interest in the mission of the Institute, successful applicants should have the ability to: work independently in an academic setting; organize campus events; communicate effectively (verbally and in writing); proficiently use Microsoft Word/Excel; and conduct academic research.

Job responsibilities include working with the director of the Institute, Dr. Shawn Welnak, on a number of activities related to its mission. Some of the projects you may be working on include:

  1. serving as a research assistant on an interdisciplinary study on happiness and well-being (psychology, sociology, philosophy, education)
  2. investigating grant opportunities to fund the Institute
  3. coordinating 2017-2018 Institute events, such as public lectures, student and faculty reading groups, film screenings, and invitation-only student colloquia
  4. participation in two seminars in Washington DC
  5. weekly, two-hour online interactive seminars.

Finally, since the Fellow will also be selected based on research interests related to the Institute’s mission, successful applicants will be allowed a significant amount of free time to pursue research under the guidance of the director.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Questions? Email Assistant Director, Pooja Bachani at

Meet Current and Past Fellows