Information for Interested Individuals

The Anne Kantor Fellowship program provides a unique opportunity to gain on-the-job training with research or advocacy-based non-government organisations in Australia. Fellows will develop a broad understanding of how research or advocacy-based non-government organisations work, learn how to turn ideas into impact and how public policy actually gets made in Australia to create a more just, sustainable and peaceful society.

Fellowship duration: 12 months

Remuneration: ~$50,000 p.a. plus superannuation and standard work entitlements + $1,000 relocation allowance if relocating from interstate

Hours: Full-time, although part-time options will be considered

Location: Canberra -- other locations will be considered on a case by case basis for both Fellows and prospective Program Partners. Program Partner organisations may offer to provide placement and/or project opportunities for Fellows to work on during the Fellowship. This may involve interstate travel for short periods.

Eligibility: Open to applicants at any point in their career, be it early career, mid-career or returning to work. Applicants must satisfy the following criteria --

  • An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline;
  • A good writer and fast learner;
  • A skilled communicator; and
  • A team player who enjoys working with a high-performing team to get results and create impact.

The Anne Kantor Fellowship includes: 

  • Support to develop skills and gain experience in public policy and advocacy at the Australia Institute and/or at a partner organisation.

  • Mentoring: Fellows will be partnered with a mentor who will offer their knowledge and experience and provide advice to guide and support the Fellow during the program.

  • On the job training: Fellows will be provided with training and development from the Australia Institute in areas such as research, economics, advocacy, media and communications, and NFP governance.

  • Networking Opportunities: Together with the Australia Institute’s cohort of graduates, Fellows will be invited to become members of the Australia Institute Alumni.

The Australia Institute will be holding an online webinar for prospective applicants and people interested to learn more about working in a research institute in mid-September. Register here.

How to Apply

Applications open: Monday 31 August 2020

Applications close: 5pm AEST Wednesday 30 September 2020.

Receipt of application will be acknowledged by email. Late applications will not be accepted. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview in October 2020.

To apply, please provide a copy of your CV, contact details for two referees, preferred location and a letter no longer than two pages addressing:

  • Why you are applying for the role, and how this experience will help with your future career goals.
  • In your view, the most influential Australia Institute report published in the last 12 months, and why you selected it.
  • What you think is the most significant public policy issue currently facing Australia, and why.

Please Note: Applications will only be accepted as a single PDF or MS word document via and must be saved as 'LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_Fellow_Application' (e.g. PARK_SAM_Fellow_Application.pdf ).

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