Mellon/ACLS Fellowship Opening - Participation Design Strategist

At the Participatory Budgeting Project, we're pleased to announce that we have been selected by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) as a host organization for the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program, a career-building fellowship initiative designed to expand the reach of doctoral education in the humanities. In 2018, the Public Fellows program will place up to 25 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and will receive professional mentoring, an annual stipend of $67,500, and health insurance.

The application deadline is March 14, 2018 (9pm EDT). For more information, please visit

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows is a fellowship program offered by the American Council of Learned Societies and is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Please direct all inquiries about the fellowship program to ACLS.


Fellowship Details

Position Title:
Participation Design Strategist
Position Description:
We are seeking a Participation Design Strategist to work in PBP’s Participation Lab, one of our three
program areas. The Lab evaluates, researches, and develops tools and practices to make participatory
budgeting and democracy work better. The strategist will work closely with other staff and partners to
develop and test strategies that improve PBP’s services and PB processes. Through this work the
strategist will identify and help implement design solutions that enable participatory democracy to grow
and scale, and that advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in civic participation. This will include close
collaboration with government and nonprofit staff, community leaders, and user design experts.
This position is great preparation for those interested in a career in the nonprofit or public sectors,
including in user experience design, human centered design, public participation, civic engagement,
program evaluation, service delivery, or public administration. This is a new position that expands PBP’s
capacity to make data-informed design decisions as well as to keep pace with the increasing volume and
diversity of communities excited about deepening local democracy. See the full job posting here.
  • Stipend: $67,500 per year, with health insurance coverage for the fellow, a relocation allowance, and up to $3,000 in professional development funds over the course of the fellowship
  • Tenure: Two years; start date on August 1 or September 1, 2018, depending on the fellowship position
  • Applications will be accepted only through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system ( The system will open on January 4, 2018.
  • Application deadline: March 14, 2018, 9pm EDT
  • Notification of application status will occur by email starting late-May 2018.

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