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Sunday, December 13, 2009


The Hellman Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy

The Hellman Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy is intended for early-career professionals with training in science or engineering who are interested in transitioning to a career in public policy and administration. While in residence, the Hellman Fellows work with senior scientists and policy experts on critical national and international policy issues related to science, engineering, and technology.

Hellman Fellows work on one or more of the projects under the Academy’s Initiative for Science, Engineering, and Technology (see below). The mission of the Initiative is to examine, in broad terms, how the world of science and technology is evolving, how to help the public understand these changes, and how society can better adapt. The Initiative brings together scientists and public policy experts in a neutral setting, outside of the constraints of the political process.


The overall objectives of the Hellman Fellowship Program are as follows:

To provide a setting and resources for an early-career professional to develop expertise on issues of science, engineering and technology policy;
To increase the cadre of young science-policy professionals who are engaged in substantive discussion of science and engineering research questions with a broad understanding of their social implications; and
To increase the scale of American Academy projects and studies on science, engineering, and technology.

Fellowship Eligibility: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in an area of science or engineering and have some experience or a demonstrated interest in an area related to science and technology policy. Masters degrees may be considered in the fields of engineering and computer science. Strong writing and organizational skills are desired. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

About the American Academy: Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. The Academy’s elected members are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs.

With a current membership of 4,000 American Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members, the Academy has four major goals:

Promoting service and study through analysis of critical social and intellectual issues and the development of practical policy alternatives;
Fostering public engagement and the exchange of ideas with meetings, conferences, and symposia bringing diverse perspectives to the examination of issues of common concern;
Mentoring a new generation of scholars and thinkers through the Visiting Scholars Program; and
Honoring excellence by electing to membership men and women in a broad range of disciplines and professions.

The Academy's main headquarters is in Cambridge, Massachusetts. With its geographically diverse membership, it has active programming around the United States and abroad. Terms: Appointments are for a one-year term (with a possibility of renewal) to begin in September at the American Academy in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Stipends are competitive and commensurate with experience. Application: Send a cover letter indicating interest in and experience related to one or more of the topics listed below, curriculum vitae, and 3 letters of reference by January 15, 2010 to:

By Email:

By Regular Mail:
Hellman Fellowship Program
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
136 Irving Street Cambridge, MA 02138
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