Employment Opportunity

Hellman Fellow

Cambridge, MA

As part of the Academy’s Initiative for Science, Engineering, and Technology, 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. While in residence, Hellman Fellows work with senior scientists and policy experts 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 in support of the work of the Academy and its members. Hellman Fellows contribute to new and ongoing projects within the “Science, Engineering, and Technology” (SET) program area.  The fellow will have the opportunity to join the ongoing work of the Commission on Accelerating Climate Action and participate in the development of various products and outreach activities. In addition, the fellow will play a key role in identifying new areas for research and help design and launch them into Academy's initiatives.

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is both an honorary society that recognizes and celebrates the excellence of its members and an independent research center convening leaders from across disciplines, professions, and perspectives to address significant challenges.  The Academy projects bring together elected members and subject matter experts in cross-disciplinary efforts to produce reflective, independent, and pragmatic studies that inform public policy and advance the public good.  The Academy is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion and looks to all its staff members to foster and promote its values.

Major Areas of Responsibility: 

  • Work with Academy Fellows and 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. 
  • Work closely with 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; 
  • Work with the John E. Bryson Director of Science, Engineering, and Technology to 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; 
  • Assist in the development and implementation of member engagement initiatives as requested; 
  • Assist with executive briefings, presidential remarks, and speeches;  
  • Other duties as assigned 
  • Design and organize outreach activities to communicate the findings and recommendations from Academy studies to external audiences; and 
  • Draft and edit grant proposals and progress reports. 


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.



  • 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 
  • Ability to creatively problem-solve and be flexible to work in a changing environment. 
  • 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.  



The appointment is for a two-year term, starting September of 2022 and continuing through August of 2024 


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 July 5.  

Location and Work Environment:

This position is a hybrid role and will be based at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. At the Academy, we approach hybrid work with a focus on “purpose over presence,” with a blend of remote and in-person work, depending on the needs of the role and current projects.  Occasional travel, nights and weekends may be required.

Commitment to Diversity:

The American Academy is committed to the diversity of its staff and membership. As a scholarly organization and research center, the Academy recognizes that diversity of thought, class, experience, sex, gender, race, physical or mental ability, age, religion, national origin, and sexual orientation is a value to uphold and is central to the mission and work of the organization. A more pluralistic staff embracing diversity of thought, approach and life experience fosters a more nuanced understanding of contemporary issues facing the nation and the world. Working together in a climate of respect and openness models the civil discourse that is fundamental to the work of the Academy. 

Reports to:  

Islam Qasem, Director of Science, Engineering, and Technology Programs