We offer an array of educational programs to enable students at all levels of knowledge to learn about Ayn Rand’s philosophy and novels.

Program Overview

Do you have a passion for ideas? Do you enjoy reading, writing, debating and communicating your views? Are you a serious student of Objectivism? The Junior Fellows Program may be for you.


Junior Fellows work alongside ARI’s experts and provide research, writing and production support to key editorial projects. They learn what goes into an intellectual career and begin to develop the knowledge, skills and network necessary to succeed in such a venture.


The Junior Fellows Program is aimed at those who are considering an intellectual career—whether as a professor in academia, an analyst at a think tank or a writer and speaker for the Ayn Rand Institute—and who are in the early stages of this pursuit. Junior Fellows must have completed their bachelor’s degree and will often possess a graduate degree.


Junior Fellows join ARI’s staff for up to one year and work out of ARI’s office in Southern California. They receive a competitive salary and benefits. Junior Fellows who demonstrate substantial growth in their skills and abilities may be invited to extend their fellowship—or to join ARI’s staff in a regular full-time position.

Program Experience

  • Junior Fellows play a critical role in ARI’s intellectual output, working closely with senior writers and speakers to support large-scale editorial projects that apply Objectivist ideas to cultural, political and legal issues.

    Junior Fellows provide research, writing and editing assistance to ARI’s experts and contribute to the development of written and audio-video content. Through their work, Junior Fellows gain experience in key skills and are enabled to grow intellectually and professionally.

    While at the Institute, Junior Fellows are expected to drive forward their education in Objectivism by leveraging the opportunity afforded by working closely with Objectivist experts. There is no formal instruction provided through the fellowship, but Fellows must enroll or continue in the Objectivist Academic Center 3-Year Program if they are not already an OAC graduate.

    Junior Fellows who demonstrate substantial growth in their skills and abilities may be invited to extend their fellowship or to join ARI’s staff in a regular full-time position.

  • Amanda Maxham

    The Junior Fellows Program helped me to become a much better writer and communicator. Working closely with the staff at ARI was instrumental in that success and seeing the feedback and response generated from my published pieces was exciting and rewarding. The program gave me an opportunity to make an impact on today’s discussion and at the end of the program I was offered a chance to join ARI’s staff, which I accepted.

    Amanda Maxham

    Research Associate, Ayn Rand Institute
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas, PhD in Astrophysics, 2011
  • Carl Svanberg

    The Junior Fellows Program allowed me to experience what it means to professionally work as an intellectual and receive input from experts on Objectivism and effective, objective communication. The program pushed me to reach for, and achieve, new personal heights as a thinker and writer, and led to me joining ARI’s staff. The program has, in more ways than I can count, been a truly invaluable experience for me.

    Carl Svanberg

    Research Associate, Ayn Rand Institute
    Lund University, Sweden, BA in Practical Philosophy, 2009

Application Details

  • Required

    A commitment to pursuing an intellectual career and a passion for reading, writing, research and other activities such a career entails.

    A commitment to studying Objectivism and advancing its ideas in the culture.

    An undergraduate degree or, better yet, an advanced degree. We recognize that people with all kinds of backgrounds—from science, business and economics to law, the humanities and journalism—pursue careers as intellectuals, and ARI considers all qualified applicants.

    Excellent research, analysis and communication skills.


    You are known to ARI faculty and staff through your participation in ARI’s educational offerings.

    You have completed courses in ARI’s Objectivist Academic Center program.

    You have been an advocate for Objectivism, for instance as a campus club leader.

    You have permission to work in the United States. International applicants are welcome and ARI will seek a visa for the right candidate, but immigration presents legal challenges that are out of ARI’s and the applicant’s control.

  • The Junior Fellows Program application entails the following:

    1. Online application form
    2. Personal statement
    3. Academic transcripts from all universities attended
    4. Writing sample (published or unpublished) demonstrating research and analysis skills
    5. Writing sample (published or unpublished) analyzing an issue from an Objectivist perspective (e.g., an op-ed)

    Applications are welcome anytime and are reviewed as they arrive. With only 1–2 fellowships available in a given year, we recommend you apply well in advance of your preferred start date.

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    When you are ready to complete the ARI application, click “Apply” to begin. We may request an interview as part of the application process.



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Further Reading

Ayn Rand | 1962
Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal

Conservatism: An Obituary

The moral-philosophical conflict that prevents conservatives from defending capitalism and freedom.
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Ayn Rand | 1970
Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution

The Left: Old and New

The displacement of old-line Marxists by New Left activists who openly reject reason and technology in favor of mysticism and privation.
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  • In broad terms, what does “intellectual” work look like at ARI?

    ARI’s Junior Fellows program teaches a unique approach to tackling today’s issues — we focus on the fundamental principles that drive debate over cultural public policy and legal issues.

  • Is this a paid position?

    Yes. This is a paid position. ARI offers a competitive salary and benefits.

  • After the fellowship term, am I assured a job on ARI’s staff?

    While junior fellows are not assured of a position at ARI after the fellowship ends, excelling in the Junior Fellows program will bring you that much closer to landing a job on ARI’s staff. We are also interested in encouraging talented individuals to join other organizations or take on meaningful work best aligned with their research interests and goals.

  • How does this program differ from the ARI Seasonal Internship?

    Whereas ARI’s Seasonal Internship program runs 10 to 14 weeks, the Junior Fellows program runs for up to one year and aims to provide an immersive experience in the kind of work entailed in being an intellectual. Interns are students or recent graduates new to Ayn Rand’s ideas. The Junior Fellows program is intended for people who have a solid understanding of Ayn Rand’s ideas, have at least a bachelor’s degree and are considering a career as a professional intellectual applying Objectivist ideas.