Narver Fellowship

Narver Fellowship

We are accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Betty Jane Narver Policy Fellowship

The Betty Jane Narver Fellowship is a graduate level policy position within the Washington State Budget & Policy Center. The goal of the fellowship is to expand the diversity of voices, perspectives, and experiences that influence state policy. We are seeking candidates with experience with communities that are underrepresented in state policy debates who have an interest in working on policies that impact people with low and moderate incomes and communities of color. The fellowship is open to any currently enrolled graduate student in a college or university, and to recent graduates with a master’s degree or Ph.D.

To achieve our goal of training and supporting new voices in the policy arena, we’re especially interested in candidates from diverse backgrounds. Bilingual and multilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

The fellow will receive a stipend to total $7,800 over 6 to 9 months for a minimum of 360 hours, which can be scheduled around the fellow’s classes or other commitments. This position is not eligible for benefits.

If you are eligible to receive credit toward a degree or certificate for your academic program we are committed to working with you and your school to meet those requirements (hours and duration of the fellowship can be adjusted accordingly.)

The start date for the fellowship will be in October 2019.

About the Fellowship


The Betty Jane Narver Fellowship is a six-month, graduate-level policy position within the Budget & Policy Center. Narver fellows conduct research and analysis and help advance policy proposals. They also get the opportunity to gain first-hand, behind-the-scenes insight into the role that research and advocacy play in creating policy change at the state level.

The fellowship aims to provide an engaging and interactive learning experience that will develop and bolster the individual’s skill set, network, and candidacy among prospective careers in policy, advocacy, and leadership. This hands-on fellowship will develop awareness and increase engagement in the following areas: (1) research, (2) communications, (3) outreach and advocacy, and (4) networking and professional relationship-building.

Policy Research

The Budget & Policy Center’s core work is focused on ensuring Washington state is making progress in six key areas, as laid out in our Progress in Washington framework: economic security; education and job readiness; healthy people and communities; and effective and accountable government. To ensure this progress for our state, we pursue common-sense policies related to the state budget, tax code, and economy.

In all of our work, we keep equity front and center – by paying attention to how policies differently impact communities based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, immigration status, language, and ability.
Over the course of the fellowship, the fellow will engage in research and analysis on a topic of interest to them alongside our policy staff.

Highlights include:

  • Learning about key indicators of economic and social well-being
  • Researching the major sources of revenue in Washington state and why tax reform is necessary for prosperity
  • Understanding how policies and strategies like the Earned Income Tax Credit and protection for worker rights support workers and a strong middle class


Recognizing that the Budget & Policy Center’s research can only go so far without the proper framing and messaging, the fellow will also work with our communications staff as well as staff at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) to learn more about the various methods we use to talk about our work and get it in front of the media.

Highlights include:

  • Improving writing and communication skills that incorporate the proper framing and messaging around our core issues
  • Gaining familiarity with the messaging around the role of taxes, budgets, racial equity, and economic security
  • Developing an understanding of the media landscape in Washington state
  • Providing occasional proofreading, fact-checking, website/e-communications, and social media support to the communications and policy teams

Outreach & Advocacy

Outreach and advocacy is an increasingly important component of the Budget & Policy Center’s work. Throughout the fellowship, the fellow will learn more about our work with key partners and legislators and get an inside look at the legislative process in Washington state. This includes the opportunity to shadow a state legislator and spend a few days with a partner advocacy organization.

Highlights include:

  • Developing an understanding of the legislative process
  • Gaining familiarity with the advocacy landscape and the work of our partner organizations
  • Providing support for the Budget & Policy Center’s annual policy conference, attended by hundreds policymakers, advocates, and community leaders

Networking & Professional Relationship-Building

The Narver Fellowship also presents a wonderful opportunity to network and connect with other people in the field, including previous fellows. There will be numerous opportunities to engage throughout the fellowship experience.

Highlights include:

  • Establishing connections with key leaders and advocates, to increase future career opportunities
  • Connecting with a growing and diverse community of talented individuals

If you have any questions, please email Senior Policy Analyst Jennifer Tran.

Desired Qualifications

The fellowship is offered to graduate students and post-graduates who are seeking opportunities to round out their graduate education with experience in the field of public policy and research.
Narver Fellows possess:

  • A commitment to social justice
  • An interest in growing their skills in conducting quantitative analysis
  • An understanding or a desire to understand policymaking
  • A desire to receive mentorship
  • A strong interest in pursuing a career involving policy analysis

Qualified applicants should have excellent written and oral communications skills, a commitment to accuracy and attention to detail, and a demonstrated interest in fiscal policy.

How to Apply

The deadline to apply is Friday, April 26, 2019. A completed application must include:

  • Personal Statement: Please answer the following questions in a short narrative (no more than 900 words). 1. How has your life experience shaped your views of the government’s role in addressing issues like inequality, poverty, and racism? 2. What are you hoping to learn through the fellowship? 3. How do you feel that you as a candidate will help promote the fellowship’s goal to expand the diversity of voices, perspectives, and experiences that influence state policy?
  • Resume that includes at least two professional/academic references
  • A writing sample
  • College transcript (unofficial transcript will be accepted)

Please submit the above materials to with your name and “Narver application” in the subject line.