Galbraith Fellows

The John Ken­neth Galbraith

Pub­lic Pol­icy Fel­low­ship Program

Appli­ca­tions are accepted on a rolling basis.

In 2000, the ADA Edu­ca­tion Fund cre­ated a Gal­braith Fel­low­ship pro­gram to honor the mem­ory and ideals of pro­gres­sive econ­o­mist and scholar Dr. John Ken­neth Gal­braith. These Fel­low­ships are awarded to out­stand­ing col­lege grad­u­ates or grad­u­ate stu­dents. Dr. Gal­braith was a lead­ing pro­po­nent of 20th–cen­tury Amer­i­can lib­er­al­ism and through our Fel­low­ship, his prin­ci­ples and val­ues con­tinue to influ­ence modern-day thought.

Fel­lows are selected from a national pool of appli­cants and must demon­strate strong research and writ­ing skills, com­mu­nity ser­vice, a com­mit­ment to lib­eral ideals, and plans for future study or a career in pub­lic pol­icy. In addi­tion to giv­ing our Fel­lows valu­able expe­ri­ences and assis­tance with their research, the ADA Edu­ca­tion Fund pro­vides a mod­est stipend.

Research Top­ics for Prospec­tive 2014 Gal­braith Fellows:

1. Tax Fair­ness.  Cor­po­ra­tions and the wealth­i­est among us are fail­ing to pay their fair share of fed­eral taxes. From loop­holes to tax havens, tax dodgers are leav­ing the rest of us with the tab. How can we ensure a fair tax sys­tem and pro­tect the vital ser­vices and ben­e­fits that our com­mu­ni­ties depend upon?

2. Vot­ing Rights.  The Supreme Court’s deci­sion to strike down a key com­po­nent of the Vot­ing Rights Act (a key leg­isla­tive achieve­ment of the civil rights move­ment) is of key con­cern. This deci­sion opens the flood­gates for states with a his­tory of voter sup­pres­sion efforts to insti­tute dis­crim­i­na­tory poli­cies such as restric­tive voter ID require­ments, lim­ited bal­lot trans­la­tion for non-native speak­ers, mov­ing polling places, and reduc­ing early vot­ing. How can we mon­i­tor and pro­tect the right to vote?

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. Youth 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.

6. 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?

7. 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.

Past Fel­lows have research such top­ics as:

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The ADA Edu­ca­tion Fund is an inde­pen­dent, char­i­ta­ble entity that focuses on increas­ing pub­lic aware­ness through edu­ca­tion and com­mu­nity orga­niz­ing that builds capac­ity for change. The Ed Fund pro­duces peri­odic pol­icy briefs, hosts pro­gres­sive speak­ers on a range of issues, spon­sors advo­cacy and research fel­low­ships, and works to expand civic par­tic­i­pa­tion through com­mu­nity orga­niz­ing around eco­nomic and social jus­tice issues.