At present, the Academy sponsors three fellowship programs: the Visiting Scholars Program for the humanities and social sciences, the Hellman Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy, and the Morton L. Mandel Presidential Fellowship.

Hellman Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy

The Hellman Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy provides an opportunity for an early-career professional with training in science or engineering to learn about a career in public policy and administration. To be eligible for the Hellman Fellowship applicants must have a Ph.D. in an area of science or engineering and some experience or a demonstrated interest in an area related to science and technology policy. The Ph.D. must be conferred prior to the start of the fellowship.

Learn more about Amanda Vernon, the Hellman Fellow currently at the Academy. Information about past Hellman Fellows in Science and Technology Policy and the projects they worked on at the Academy is available in the archives.

Visiting Scholars

The Academy’s Visiting Scholars Program provides residential fellowships to postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences. The fellowship program offers a collaborative work environment and the opportunity to interact with Academy members. Information about Visiting Scholars in prior years and their projects is online in the Academy archives.

Jeannette Estruth

Ph.D. in History, New York University, 2018
A New Utopia: The Creation of the Silicon Valley
This project argues that the simultaneous growth of the technology industry and postwar social movements changed conversations about work, economic rights, and democratic society. During the 1970s and 1980s, the technology industry appropriated the political discourses of postwar liberation movements to promise that its ever-increasing growth and distinct political culture were the most reliable guarantors of economic security and democratic fulfillment, and that by the 1990s, the ideal of the technology-based “new economy” had underwritten the nation-state’s pivot to market fundamentalism.

Benjamin Holtzman

Ph.D. in History, Brown University, 2016
Crisis and Confidence: New York City and the Market Turn in the Late Twentieth Century
“Crisis and Confidence” uses the sweeping transformation of post-1960s New York to trace how market-oriented policies have come to proliferate across American life over the past five decades. The book examines imaginative and influential remedies diverse groups – especially those that were local, politically left and moderate, or outside of electoral politics altogether – advanced as a series of overlapping and reinforcing crises in New York disrupted long-standing logics about governance and economics. In the face of perceived crisis conditions, “Crisis and Confidence” argues, the difficult, sometimes desperate, everyday choices these citizens and policymakers faced produced both intentional and unanticipated shifts toward private sector and market solutions.

Palmer Rampell

Ph.D. in American Literature, Yale University, 2017
Genres of the Person in Post-World War II America
Many critics have claimed that literature helps us understand what it means to be human. But they rarely suppose that genre fiction—science fiction, horror, romance, etc.—is literature. “Genres of the Person in Post-World War II America” argues that postwar genre writers demonstrated the value of their star-crossed lovers, aliens, and monsters by engaging in contemporary debates about the private person. While American legal scholars, judges, and the general public applied privacy to issues like abortion, child abuse, and euthanasia, genre writers examined the rhetoric, narratives, and emotions underlying ideas of the private person.

Gabriel Winant

Ph.D. in History, Yale University, 2018
Crucible of Care: Economic Change and Inequality in Postwar Pittsburgh
This dissertation provides a new origin story for contemporary inequality in the United States. Using Pittsburgh as a case study, I show how the social dislocation of factory job loss spawned new, unequal labor markets. As factories closed, cities like Pittsburgh became sicker and older very rapidly. While other forms of consumption suffered, the use of health care boomed. Although the health care industry enjoyed unparalleled public support, health care work bore the stigmas characteristic of care work. As employment in health care boomed across the Rust Belt, its economic marginality—underscored by race and gender—became the norm.

Morton L. Mandel Presidential Fellowship

In an effort to promote public outreach and innovative ideas put forward by members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Morton L. Mandel Presidential Fellowship provides an opportunity to develop expertise on a broad range of policy issues for an early-career academic professional who is interested in pursuing a career in public policy and administration. The Fellow will work directly with the President of the American Academy to expand and promote public outreach, innovation, and new policy projects. Brendan Roach is the current Mandel Presidential Fellow. Information about prior Mandel Presidential Fellows is available in the Academy's archives.