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2017 - Hellman Fellowship for Science and Technology Policy

American Academy of Arts and Sciences - Hellman Fellowship
Cambridge, MA
Closing date
Dec 29, 2023

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Other, Science Policy
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Postdoc Fellowship
Organization Type

The Hellman Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy provides an early-career professional with training in science or engineering the opportunity to learn about a career in science policy and non-profit administration. While in residence, Hellman Fellows work with senior scientists, policy experts, and industry leaders on critical national and international policy issues related to science, engineering, and technology.


The Hellman Fellow serves as a full-time member of the program area staff and contributes to new and ongoing projects within the "Science, Engineering, and Technology” (SET) program area. Over the two-year tenure, the Fellow will play a key role in helping design and launch new project ideas into Academy's initiatives. SET is currently scoping projects related to artificial intelligence, mental health, and trust in science and data. The fellow may also support ongoing outreach activities for the Commission on Accelerating Climate Change.


Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Collaborate with program staff to carry out policy and academic studies.
  • Draft and edit reports for internal use and external audiences, including workshop proceedings, white papers, policy briefs, and online content.
  • Gather, synthesize, and edit research findings and technical data.
  • Assemble committees of experts from inside and outside the Academy’s membership and provide guidance and support to those committees and advisory groups in the conduct of their work.
  • Develop agendas and multimedia presentations for committee meetings and project workshops and draft meeting summaries.
  • Work with the Program Coordinator for Science, Engineering, and Technology to prepare and distribute conference materials and provide on-site staff support.
  • Design and organize outreach activities to communicate the findings and recommendations from Academy studies to external audiences.
  • Draft and edit grant proposals and progress reports.
  • Support the John E. Bryson Director of Science, Engineering, and Technology Programs and the Academy’s Program Advisory Committee for Science, Engineering, and Technology to develop new projects in this area.
  • With guidance from the John E. Bryson Director of Science, Engineering, and Technology, identify professional development opportunities to advance the Fellow’s knowledge and skills relevant to the field of science and technology policy.
  • Help expand the profile of the Academy and its audiences within the academic and policy communities.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of member engagement initiatives as requested.
  • Collaborate with other Academy departments, including communications, events, and publications, to ensure successful completion of program activities · Assist with executive briefings, presidential remarks, and speeches.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ability to synthesize and summarize research findings and recommendations to a variety of audiences.
  • Strong attention to detail and excellent organizational and event-management skills.
  •  Ability to display initiative and follow-through skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including an ability to comfortably and professionally interface with a wide range of constituents, including Academy members, staff, and the public at large.
  • Ability to learn quickly, prioritize tasks, and work accurately under pressure.
  • Ability to creatively problem-solve and be flexible to work in a changing environment.


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. Ph.D. dissertations must be successfully defended before the start of the position.
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States without Academy sponsorship.



Term: The appointment is for a two-year term, starting September of 2024 and continuing through August of 2026

Application: To be considered for the role, candidates must submit a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) and a resume or CV. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by February 20th, 2024.

Location and Work Environment: This position is a remote role with occasional travel to the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, MA or other locations for events. Nights and weekends may be required

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