Apply to be a 2020-2021 Drug Policy Research Fellow!

Student talking with legislatorWould  you like to spend the 2020-2021 academic year gaining hands-on experience while learning how policy is made in the state of Maine? Are you interested in researching drug policy issues such as the opioid crisis, alternatives to criminalization, and harm reduction? Do you want to connect with lawmakers, policy advocates, and civic organizations throughout Maine working on these issues?

Drug Policy Research Fellows will work alongside Professors Rob Glover (Political Science/Honors) and Karyn Sporer (Sociology) while researching policy issues and active legislation that they choose. Fellows will see firsthand (and participate in) the exciting process by which state law is made. And fellows will spend the year learning about a range of issues related to drug policy in the state of Maine, while connecting with advocates, policymakers, and impacted individuals. 

Fellows will receive a stipend of nearly $3000 stipend and up to 6 credits in Political Science or Sociology for their participation in this exciting opportunity!

Requirements & Responsibilities:

  • Open to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year students in any major.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Fellows must be willing to commit to serving in this capacity for the entire 2020-2021 academic year. 
  • Fellows will be participating in regular meetings with Professor Glover and Professor Sporer. In addition, there will be meetings with policymakers, policy advocates, and others with issue area expertise. 


  • Earn up to 6 Political Science or Sociology “independent study” credits working closely with .
  • Fellows will receive a stipend of nearly $3000 for the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Fellows will be compensated for any travel in their personal vehicle or project-related expenses. 
  • A transformative, active educational experience that will prepare students for careers in law, policymaking, advocacy, political communications, and political organizing. 

If this sounds exciting to you, apply by Friday, August 14th using the form below. Don’t hesitate to contact Professor Rob Glover at or Professor Karyn Sporer at with any questions or to learn more  about this opportunity. This opportunity is supported in part by a grant from the Open Society Foundations. 

Maine Drug Policy Research Fellow Application

  • Please provide the name and email address for a professor who can be contacted about your abilities.