Employment Opportunity

Humanities Policy Fellow


The Humanities Policy Fellowship provides an opportunity for recent PhDs with training in the humanities or humanistic social sciences to learn about a career in public policy and administration. While in residence, the Humanities Policy Fellow serves as a full-time member of the staff, contributing to ongoing Academy projects in the Humanities, Arts, and Culture program area. Current work in the area includes the Humanities Indicators, development of a history of the American Academy, as well as development of new programs.

The Humanities Policy Fellowship program has three objectives:

1. To increase the number of humanities PhDs engaged in substantive discussions about policy who can also demonstrate the applied value of advanced training in the field.

2. To expand the scale of Academy projects and studies focused on challenges facing the humanities and American society

3. To support and guide an early-career PhD who want to develop expertise on policy issues related to humanities and the humanistic social sciences.

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

Application: Applications for the 2022–2024 Fellowship due by January 31, 2022 and must include a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) and resume or CV.

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 reports, white papers, policy briefs, and online content.
  • Gather, synthesize, and edit research findings and technical data for a wide range of audiences.
  • Perform basic analyses of data using Excel (or similar) and visualize results.
  • Assemble, provide guidance, and support to committees of experts from inside and outside the Academy’s membership.
  • Develop agendas and multimedia presentations for meetings with committees and external stakeholders.
  • Work with the program staff to prepare and distribute conference materials and provide on-site staff support at meetings with stakeholder groups and other audiences.
  • 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.
  • Work with Academy program staff to identify professional development opportunities that will advance the candidate’s knowledge of cultural and social 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.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Fellowship Eligibility:

  • Ph.D. required in an area of the humanities or humanistic social sciences relative to American democracy, justice, history, political culture, or the political economy and have some experience or a demonstrated interest related to public policy. The Ph.D. must be conferred prior to starting the position.

  • Eligible to work in the United States without sponsorship.


  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ability to synthesize and summarize the results of qualitative and quantitative research for a variety of audiences.
  • Strong attention to detail, highly organized, and excellent meeting-management skills.
  • Ability to display initiative and follow-through skills
  • Ability to work well in a highly collaborative team structure.
  • 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.