Join the Team

Volunteering with E-International Relations (E-IR) is not your typical ‘work experience’. First, we coordinate our activities remotely using Slack. So, you do not need to physically attend a place of work to volunteer with us. Second, we have no paid staff, we are all volunteers. We volunteer some of our spare time because we want to have a hand in maintaining the best online resource for students and scholars of international politics. Finally, we empower our editors to learn skills, manage their own time and develop their own projects. The result is that the more volunteers give of themselves, the more they take away from the experience. It is no surprise that many of our editors have built on their experience with us to go on to senior positions in the publishing industry, politics, and academia.

We typically seek applications from students, early career academics, and those currently in a break from study. Please see below for the different requirements for each role. We do not limit ourselves to Politics/IR – if you come from a different academic area but have something to say about political issues, you are welcome! All we ask is that, regardless of position, all volunteer editors set aside at least 5 hours a week and commit to the role for at least 6 months.

 All positions listed below are open for applications


Members of our commissioning team are PhD students/candidates, early career scholars and advanced Masters students (who have plans to embark on further study). They work in editorial groups to use their expertise of a subject area to commission and edit high-quality articles from experts. It is a role that allows you to network across our team and also to work directly with the expert authors who you will identify, and then seek content from. You will also be able to conduct interviews with scholars, and even work on our books. It is a versatile role suitable for advanced students and early career academics who are self-starters, enjoy reading the latest research and want to help to advance their field.

We are seeking editors to staff the following areas. When you apply, please mark out which area you would like to join. We would prefer a focused application showing your interest/developing expertise in one area, rather than expressions of general interest:

  1. Climate and Environment
  2. Gender and Sexuality
  3. IR Theory and Political Theory
  4. International Security
  5. Political Economy
  6. Non State Actors and IGOs
  7. Transnational Crime and International Law
  8. Global South Perspectives

To apply, send us an email titled ‘Commissioning Editor’ to

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 and how academic research forms part of your future plans.
2) Tell us what type of content from the list above you would like to work on. And, lay out some concise ideas about how you would like to help us develop our coverage of that area.
3) Attach, or link, a writing sample.


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. This role is open to students and early career academics of all levels.

► To apply, send us an email titled ‘Features Editor’ to

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).


As an editor in our Students team you will help us select, and publish, the best submissions that we receive from students around the world. The role is designed as one that will allow you to practice and develop editorial skills while working within a small team. Additionally, you will have a voice in choosing the winner of our prestigious monthly student essay award. We are looking for editors with strong English language skills, good attention to detail, and an understanding of academic essay writing. You should be a self-starter and highly organised, as you will manage your own work load. Most importantly, you should find the prospect of spending some time each week reading the work of your peers exciting – as it will form the bulk of your role. This role is open to students of all levels, including undergraduate students.

► To apply, send us an email titled ‘Students Editor’ to

Within that email, in less than 500 words, please tell us:
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 (if any),
3) Attach one academic essay that represents your best work.
NB: Please do not send a pre-written CV

For all the positions listed, we will respond to anyone that catches our eye as soon as we can. Usually this is within 20 working days of receipt of your application, though at busy times it can take longer. 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 again.

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E-IR is an independent non-profit publisher run by an all volunteer team. Your donations allow us to invest in new open access titles and pay our bandwidth bills to ensure we keep our existing titles free to view. Any amount, in any currency, is appreciated. Many thanks!

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