The State Policy Fellowship program is a two-year research-oriented fellowship dedicated to making change through careful research, thoughtful advocacy, and strong partnerships in a state policy context. State Policy Fellows tackle domestic policy challenges in areas including health care, taxes, anti-poverty policy, education, immigration, state-tribal policy, and criminal justice. Working in independent, highly respected policy organizations located across the country, Fellows analyze the impact of state budget and tax policy choices on low-income residents and promote positive reforms. State Policy Fellows spend two years with an influential state-based policy organization, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, or the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Fellows research and analyze current policy issues; brief policymakers, journalists, and civic leaders; and engage with advocates and community groups.

To expand the diversity of voices that speak with authority in state policy debates, the program identifies highly motivated candidates who have a demonstrated interest in working on public policies that affect low-income communities, communities of color, and tribal communities, with particular interest in candidates who have experience with communities that are underrepresented in state policy debates.


  • A college degree plus two years of relevant research experience. A graduate degree in a related field can be substituted for two years’ work experience.
  • Demonstrated interest in working on public policies affecting low-income communities, communities of color, and LGBTQ communities, and policies with implications for racial equity.

2024 Host Sites

  • Kentucky Center for Economic Policy
  • OpenSky Policy Institute (Nebraska)
  • The Commonwealth Institute (Virginia)
  • Public Asset Institute (Vermont)
  • West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy

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