Employment Opportunity

Humanities Policy Fellow for American Institutions, Society and the Public Good


The Humanities Policy Fellowship provides an opportunity for an early-career professional 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 will contribute to new and ongoing projects of the American Institutions, Society, and the Public Good program area. The Humanities Policy fellow serves as a full-time member of the program area staff in support of the work of the Academy and its members. The Fellow will work on one or more of the following projects, based on the current projects and needs: Our Common Purpose ProjectCommission on Reimagining Our Economy, and Making Justice Accessible Project.

The Humanities Policy Fellowship program has three objectives:

1. To support and guide an early-career professional who wants to develop expertise on policy issues related to humanities and the humanistic social sciences;

2. To increase the number of humanities professionals who are engaged in substantive discussion of questions about policy related to the humanities, with a broad understanding of their social implications; and

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

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:

  • Draft and edit materials for internal use and external audiences, including reports, white papers, policy briefs, articles, and online content.
  • Gather, synthesize, and edit research findings and technical data.
  • Assemble, provide guidance, and support to committees of experts from inside and outside the Academy’s membership.
  • Develop agendas and multimedia presentations for committee meetings and project workshops and draft meeting summaries.
  • Design and organize outreach activities to communicate 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 research findings and recommendations to a variety of audiences.
  • Strong attention to detail, with accuracy 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.
  • Flexibility to work a changing environment.