We are fundraising for a new year-long research post. Recruitment should start at the end of 2018.
We need your help to create a new year-long research role at the Electoral Reform Society – funding vital investigations and starting a career in democracy for someone who wouldn’t normally get the chance without it.
When we reach our target, your generous donations will be paying the London living wage for the first Enid Lakeman Fellow from January 2019 – and helping us build an unstoppable case for reform.
We need your support to ensure we can build a stronger-than-ever case for democratic reform across the UK.
The post is named after our legendary former Research Secretary and later Director, Enid Lakeman, who worked for the Society from 1946 to 1980. She dedicated her life to research on the cause of fair votes – and came to dominate the history of the Society in the twentieth century.
She was eventually awarded an OBE for her work – and twice went to Ireland to successfully defend proportional representation when it came under attack from supporters of the old system. Ireland's system of proportional representation is now seen as a core part of their democracy, in part thanks to her work.
This fellowship will not only support vital research – it is also an opportunity to support someone’s career.
It can be hard for many people – both young and old – who have the required drive and skills to get into politics particularly if they lack specific experience, access to the right contacts or political networks. We want to help change that.
Your support will give someone the opportunity to work in politics who may never have done so otherwise – while supporting the work of the Electoral Reform Society at the same time.
If you sponsor the Enid Lakeman Fellow, we’ll keep you regularly updated on the Fellow’s progress – and send you the research hot off the press.