Position Available: Right to Research Coalition Advocacy Fellow

The Right to Research Coalition (R2RC) is seeking a Fellow who is ready and willing to contribute to its advocacy and policy work. The R2RC is a coalition of organizations representing millions of students around the world focused on the belief that no student should be denied access to articles they need because their institution cannot afford the cost of access. The R2RC is project of SPARC.

This is an opportunity for an early career academic professional to expand their repertoire of skills while contributing to important advocacy efforts on issues you care deeply about. This Fellow will receive regular, thorough briefings on the latest open access policy developments, and will be trained and supported by SPARC’s experienced advocacy team members.


• Ensure that current coalition members are kept up-to-date on all relevant policy action.
• Engage with policymakers on behalf of the R2RC in an effort to educate them on the issue of open access and why this issue is of great importance to the research community.
• Update resources, materials, and website to reflect ongoing policy changes.
• Work with SPARC’s advocacy team on social media and other communication efforts.

Selection Criteria

• Strong knowledge base on issues relating to open access
• Demonstrated interest in advancing policies whether at the federal, state, local or institutional/organizational level
• Experience working to build or manage a coalition preferred but not required

The fellowship will run from March 1, 2018 – August 31, 2018, with the possibility of renewal for an additional six months. It is estimated to require two to five hours per week. A stipend of $3,500 is associated with this position. This position is considered non-exempt for overtime purposes.

Persons who are interested in the position should send their CV and statement of interest to Nick Shockey, Director of the Right to Research, at Nick@sparcopen.org with the subject line “R2RC Fellow” no later than 5pm(et) on Friday, February 16, 2018.

This position will remain open until filled.

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