Research Positions

Kettering offers one-year research positions in residence at our Dayton, Ohio, office to scholars holding bachelors or masters degrees. Researchers provide focused reviews of relevant scholarly and professional literature, work on individualized projects, and participate in research sessions with people and organizations attempting to strengthen democracy around the world. We especially encourage applications from those with interests in topics such as deliberative democracy, civic engagement, social capital, civic education, civil society, and social movements.

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Kettering offers one-year research positions at our Dayton, Ohio, office to doctoral candidates and recent post-docs. Researchers provide focused reviews of relevant scholarly and professional literature, work on individualized projects, and participate in research sessions with people and organizations attempting to strengthen democracy around the world. We especially encourage applications from those with interests in topics such as deliberative democracy, civic engagement, social capital, civic education, civil society, and social movements.

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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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