The Dr. Frances Burke Diversity Fellowship for Investigators

A two-year fellowship program for individuals from underrepresented or marginalized groups looking to begin a career as an investigator.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2021

The Fellowship is a full-time, two-year commitment. Compensation includes a $45,000 annual salary and all benefits offered to full-time employees. The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) may consider Fellows for full-time employment at the end of their term.

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The Dr. Frances Burke Diversity Fellowship for Investigators provides opportunities for motivated professionals who want to begin a career in public service as an investigator and gain valuable experience while serving the people of the Commonwealth. We are seeking candidates whose diverse backgrounds and experiences will contribute to their work as an investigator in the OIG.  We are especially interested in recruiting individuals from historically underrepresented or marginalized groups, including individuals who:

  • Are members of historically underrepresented or marginalized ethnic or racial groups.
  • Manage a disability.
  • Identify as LGBTQ+.
  • Experience(d) housing and/or food insecurity.

During their two years in the OIG, the Burke Fellow will work across the OIG’s investigative divisions. The Fellow will receive training, guidance and mentorship from senior staff members and assume increasing responsibility for conducting criminal and civil investigations relating to fraud, waste and abuse of public funds and property.

Fellowship Duties

  • Evaluate complaints and develop case plans.
  • Conduct interviews, perform research, query databases and analyze evidence.
  • Prepare case reports, document requests, summonses and administrative letters.
  • Participate in case meetings and provide court testimony, if required.
  • Identify control weaknesses, fraud, misuse or waste of funds and opportunities for cost savings.
  • Work cooperatively with other law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies.
  • Participate in office-wide initiatives or workgroups that align with the Fellow’s interests.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.


Successful candidates will possess:

  • A high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Relevant work experience, military service or a degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Demonstrated engagement and leadership in school or community activities.

Successful candidates will also demonstrate:

  • Strong interest in public service and investigations.
  • Knowledge, experience and ability in areas such as research, writing, analytical thinking, computer skills and communication.
  • Professional or personal experience that aligns with the mission of the OIG.
  • Proven flexibility to work in a variety of challenging roles.
  • The ability to work in a team environment.

About Dr. Frances Burke

The OIG is honored to name this Fellowship after Dr. Frances Burke (1928-2016), who was a staunch advocate for ethical decision-making and a champion of women in government. In the late 1970s, Dr. Burke served as a member of the Ward Commission, which investigated corruption in state and county building projects in Massachusetts. The Commission’s work led to the creation of the OIG.

Dr. Burke had a distinguished academic career as a professor at Suffolk University, where she chaired the public management department. She traveled the world teaching ethics to public officials and coedited a book on the subject. Throughout her career, Dr. Burke fostered dialogue and unity among people with diverse viewpoints.

How to Apply

The OIG will accept applications until April 30, 2021. To apply, please submit the following:

  1. Resume.
  2. Statement of Interest: Explain your interest in public service and the work of the OIG. Describe how this Fellowship will also help you achieve your career goals.
  3. Personal Statement: Describe a challenge you experienced as a member of an underrepresented or marginalized group. How did you overcome that challenge? What did you learn from the experience? How will this contribute to your work as an investigator for the OIG?

Please limit the statement of interest and personal statement to one page each.

Please submit your resume, statement of interest and personal statement via email or mail to:

Mary Beth Farrelly, Chief Financial Officer
Office of the Inspector General
One Ashburton Place, Room 1311 Boston, MA 02108
(617) 727-9140

The OIG will invite selected candidates for interviews in May and June 2021. Interviews may take place virtually or in-person. Offers will be extended in June 2021. The position will begin in July 2021. The OIG will assist applicants who require accommodations during the application process. For questions or assistance, please contact us at or (617) 727-9140.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Diversity Officer: Mary Beth Farrelly

The Office of the Inspector General is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. The OIG does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. 

The OIG promotes access, inclusion and diversity for all staff, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding working environment and in keeping with its mission.  The OIG actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce and is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.



OIG Fellowship Contact


One Ashburton Place, Room 1311
Boston, MA 02108
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