The Texas Public Policy Foundation seeks to hire multiple Policy Scholars to conduct and disseminate high-quality research to lawmakers and the public. This role engages the entirety of the Foundation’s work: we therefore seek accomplished generalists who understand research methodology and credibility across domains.

About TPPF:

The Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit research-based think tank in Austin, Texas. Established in 1989, TPPF promotes conservative principles and develops free-market approaches to public policy challenges affecting Texans and all Americans. To achieve its mission, TPPF analyzes complex issues, creates legislative policy solutions, and advocates for those solutions at the Texas Legislature, Congress, and other public forums.

Life at TPPF:

The Foundation offers a unique opportunity to be part of an organization that shapes the future of Texas & beyond through innovative thought leadership. At TPPF, you will have the opportunity to be part of an engaged team whose mission is to create a freer future for all Texans and Americans. We look for individuals who are passionate about advancing conservative public policy and embody servant leadership. With a strong belief in personal responsibility, we trust our people and want to empower them to make the right decisions for the right reasons – this is why it is crucial we bring the right people on board. We value our team and work to cultivate a culture of hard work, entrepreneurship, intellectual curiosity, and collaboration. As a team, we support one another and strive to create an environment in which our team members are inspired to excel, motivated to innovate, and empowered to be servant leaders for the cause of liberty.

The Role:


The ideal candidate for this role is inquisitive and entrepreneurial, with a demonstrated track record of achievement in multiple spheres.

The Policy Scholars will form a corps of informed and effective individuals within the Foundation, tasked with tackling projects on an as-needed basis. They will be called upon to work with peers across the Foundation, so personal and professional flexibility are musts.


  • Conduct original research on variety of public policy issues
  • Produce high quality scholarship, with the aim of academic publication
  • Educate lawmakers and members of the public on Foundation research
  • Provide formal testimony to local, state, and federal entities
  • Take advantage of both internal and external ongoing development opportunities
  • Represent the Foundation in media as required


  • Two or more years of experience in policy-related research
  • Record of authoring academic peer-reviewed articles
  • Strong research and writing abilities
  • Strong quantitative-analysis skillset

Benefits at TPPF: 

TPPF values our team members and strives to provide a comprehensive benefits package so that our people can focus on achieving the mission. We offer competitive salaries and excellent health insurance, for staff & dependents. In addition, we have generous Paid Time Off (PTO) policies, including holidays and parental leave, and retirement contribution matching.

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While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview.  No phone calls, please.

The position’s salary will be commensurate with the experience, expertise, and skills of the candidate who takes the position.  The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan research institute offering competitive salaries and benefits to qualified candidates.