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.

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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.