Join the Team

E-International Relations (E-IR) is maintained by a registered non-profit organisation and run by an all-volunteer editorial team. Our volunteer editors work on the website and give up some of their spare time simply because they want to have a hand in maintaining the best online resource for students and scholars of international politics. Many of our former editors have built on their experience of working with us to go on to senior positions in the publishing industry, politics, and academia. You do not need to physically attend a place of work to volunteer with us, you just need your own computer with the usual software (especially Microsoft  Office) and a reliable internet connection. You also need to be the type of person who checks their email regularly and probably spends too much time on their computer / mobile device!

The application requirements for all our vacancies are listed below, so please consider these points before reading the specific criteria for each vacant position.

1) We typically seek applications from Ph.D students/early career academics and masters/graduate students – including those currently in a break from study. We also welcome applications from exceptional undergraduate students where noted with an asterisk (*).

2) We welcome those in Politics/IR specialities – but we are keen to also look beyond (geography, sociology, philosophy, history, media etc.) as we desire a broad range of expertise from across the humanities and social sciences to be represented on the website.

3) You should have at least 5 hours a week to spare and be able to commit to the role for at least 6 months (hopefully longer). We anticipate your level of engagement will  vary due to academic pressures, so be reassured that our work ethic is highly flexible – built to accommodate academic life.

4) You must have strong English language skills – as you will need to assist in editing material for the website.

 All positions listed below are open for applications now, and remain open until filled.

GENDER AND SEXUALITY EDITOR

Are you pursuing Ph.D or academic research in an area concerned with the study of gender, feminism, queer theory, or critical theory? If so, we invite you to join our editorial team to help E-IR pioneer coverage in these areas. The role involves using your expertise in the field to identify prospective authors to write for the website, especially up and coming names as opposed to just leading experts. Ideally, this would be targeted into sets of articles on related themes – or into an Edited Collection. As those pieces arrive, you will work with the author to prepare them for publication. The role is an exciting opportunity to network with scholars around the world, and can also serve as a pathway into senior editorial positions on the E-IR team. You would also be encouraged to write for the website.

 

To apply, send us an email titled ‘Gender Editor’ to info@e-ir.info

Within that email – in less than 500 words:

1) Tell us what we need to know about your academic past/future/publications etc.
2) Identify areas that should be explored in a series of articles for the website, and explain where and how you can help us improve our coverage of gender and sexuality content. Please be exact and avoid generality. The more direct, the better.
3) Attach an academic writing sample (a student essay or conference paper will do) and link your academic website if you have one.

 

CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENT EDITOR

This role is aimed at those who are interested in working in a diverse team to build a vibrant series of interdisciplinary articles on the website on the interconnected issues of climate and environmental politics. We welcome applicants who are pursuing research (Ph.D or early career academic) in any field that falls within the remit of the role including from associated areas such as public health and social studies. The role involves using your expertise in the field to identify prospective authors to write for the website, especially up and coming names as opposed to just leading experts. As those pieces arrive, you will work with the author to prepare them for publication. The role is an exciting opportunity to network with scholars around the world, and can also serve as a pathway into senior editorial positions on the E-IR team. You would also be encouraged to write for the website and given the opportunity to edit an Edited Collection.

 

To apply, send us an email titled ‘Climate Editor’ to info@e-ir.info

Within that email – in less than 500 words:

1) Tell us what we need to know about your academic past/future/publications etc.
2) Identify areas that should be explored in a series of articles for the website, and explain where and how you can help us improve our coverage of climate and environment content. Please be exact and avoid generality. The more direct, the better.
3) Attach an academic writing sample (a student essay or conference paper will do) and link your academic website if you have one.

 

ASSOCIATE FEATURES EDITOR*

*This role is open to undergraduate applicants in addition to Masters and Ph.D students*

The Features Team is always working at the cutting edge of international politics, examining, interpreting and eliciting expert opinion on new and exciting developments in scholarship. As a member of this team, you will keep up-to-date with the major developments taking place in international politics, and what the experts in this field have to say about them. Our primary focus is commissioning and editing reviews of recently published books, and conducting interviews with some of the world’s most influential scholars and practitioners. The Features Team often pioneer new ideas on the website, making it an exciting place to work.

 

To apply, send us an email titled ‘Features Editor’ to info@e-ir.info

Within that email – in less than 500 words (NB: we do not want a pre-written CV):

1) Tell us what we need to know about your academic past/present/future plans.
2) Tell us what areas of content our interviews and reviews lack coverage of, and how you propose to help us address this. The more detailed you are, the better.
3) Attach, or link, an academic writing sample (a student essay will suffice).

 

COMMISSIONING EDITOR

The Commissioning Team is responsible for the bulk of the Articles published on E-IR. Quite simply, E-IR would not function without a vibrant core of editors coming up with ideas, and then going out and chasing up great content. Commissioning is a great opportunity to work with leading experts, and to network with the largest team of editors on E-IR (approx 30). Our Commissioning Editors work around subjects of their own choosing – then find relevant prospective authors and contact them inviting them to write. As those pieces come in, they act as primary editor in conjunction with a senior editor to prepare the pieces for publication. We are keen to hear from IR-focused applicants, but we are especially interested in appointing editors to work on themes that stretch outside the standard bounds of International Relations into other disciplines (law, economics, sociology, history, geography, etc.) – and/or editors who can offer a specific regional expertise.

 

To apply, send us an email titled ‘Commissioning Editor’ to info@e-ir.info

Within that email – in less than 500 words (NB: we do not want a pre-written CV):

1) Tell us what we need to know about your academic past/present/future plans
2) Tell us what our Articles Section lacks coverage of, and what type of content you would like to help us deliver more of for our readers. We would anticipate your answer would be a focused extension of your own emerging expertise / academic interests rather than a list of generic areas.
3) Attach an academic writing sample (a student essay will do).

 

 

ASSOCIATE STUDENTS EDITOR*

*This role is open to undergraduate applicants in addition to Masters and Ph.D students*

E-IR receives dozens of student essays every week. Our essays team do the important work of sorting and processing each and every submission and ultimately choosing which essays we will publish each week. They also help commission and edit Student Features, and assist in the running of the E-IR Essay Award. We are happy to accept recruits with no prior editing experience who are keen to learn. Working for the Student Essays Team involves you spending a bit of your time every week reading academic essays… so do not apply if that is not interesting for you!

To apply: send an email to info@e-ir.info. Title your email ‘Students Editor’ and explain in your own words:

1) Why you feel you are suitable for this role,
2) Where you study/have studied, to what level, and what your future academic plans are,
3) Attach one academic essay that represents your best work.

 

For all the positions listed, we will respond to anyone that catches our eye within 20 working days of receipt of your application. Unfortunately, due to the number of enquiries that we receive, we cannot reply to candidates that we do not shortlist. We encourage applicants who have been unsuccessful in the past to apply for different positions.