Research Positions

As a research organization, the Kettering Foundation relies on a team of research assistants to contribute to its programs. This full-time position is open to recent recipients of bachelor’s or master’s degrees and requires residency at our Dayton, Ohio, campus for one academic year (usually July to July). The primary responsibility is to provide focused reviews of relevant scholarly and professional literature. .

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As a research organization, the Kettering Foundation relies on a team of researchers to contribute to its programs. The position is open to doctoral candidates and recent post-docs and requires a residency at the Dayton, Ohio, campus for one academic year (usually July to July).

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The Kettering Foundation invites applications for our Multinational Residency Program. The residencies are designed to offer a broad range of research opportunities to colleagues from around the world who are interested in working directly with foundation staff on topics pertaining to our research on the roles of citizens, institutions, and communities in democracy. Residents will also have an opportunity to gain an understanding of how issues are named and framed in ways that reflect public concerns and how deliberation can affect public decision making and acting.

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The Kettering Foundation invites journalists and scholars of journalism from around the world to spend up to six months working with us in Dayton, Ohio, to explore the role of journalism in a democratic society and the obligations of journalists to democratic public life. While at the foundation, residents are expected to work with Kettering’s staff on the foundation’s ongoing research in this area. Work will include literature reviews related to the foundation’s program areas, exploration of the role of a deliberative public in the political work of communities domestically and internationally, and participation in workshops and other meetings related to the foundation’s research.

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In research done for Kettering, Ruth Yellowhawk showed that a legacy of tribal deliberation has carried over into modern day decision making. The foundation wishes to delve more deeply into this legacy and its contemporary applications. Fellows are selected on the basis of proposals to tell the stories of either historical or contemporary decision making in tribal communities.

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