Employment Opportunity

The Raymond Frankel Nuclear Security Policy Fellow

American Academy of Arts & Sciences

As part of the Academy’s Global Security and International Affairs program area, The Raymond Frankel Nuclear Security Policy Fellowship   provides an opportunity for an early-career professional with training in security studies or nuclear policy to learn about a career in public policy and administration. While in residence, the Fellow works with senior scholars and policy experts on critical issues related to nuclear weapons, arms control, international relations, and conflict.

The Fellow will contribute to new and ongoing projects within the Academy’s Global Security and International Affairs program area. Building on the Academy’s history of work on arms control and nuclear issues dating back to 1958, current studies in the Global Security and International Affairs program area draw on the expertise of policy-makers, practitioners, and scholars to foster knowledge and inform innovative and sustainable policies to address critical issues affecting a global community.

The Fellowship program has three objectives:

  • To support, guide, and help launch the career of an early-stage professional who wants to develop expertise on issues of global security and international affairs policy;
  • To increase the number of international relations-policy professionals who are engaged in substantive discussion of global security and international affairs research questions, with a broad understanding of their social implications; and
  • To expand the scale of Academy projects and studies focused on challenges facing the international community.

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Work with Academy members 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 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; and
    • Draft and edit grant proposals and progress reports.
  • Work closely with the Program Director for Science, Engineering and Technology and Global Security and International Affairs and the Committee on International Security Studies to develop new projects in this area;
  • Work with the Program Director for Science, Engineering and Technology and Global Security and International Affairs to identify professional development opportunities to advance the Fellow’s knowledge and skills relevant to the field of security studies and nuclear 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.

The Fellow’s Portfolio will include:

Fellowship Eligibility:

  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. in an area of social science, science, or engineering with an emphasis on nuclear policy or security studies, and should have experience or a demonstrated interest in policy-oriented research and outreach. The Ph.D. must be conferred prior to starting the position.
  • Strong writing, organizational, and interpersonal skills are desired. 
  • 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.
  • Independence, initiative and follow-through skills.
  • Ability to comfortably and professionally interface with a wide range of constituents, including Academy members, staff, policy-makers, 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.

Terms: The preferred start date will be September 1, 2022. The appointment is for a one-year term, which can be renewed for a second year by mutual agreement.

Application: Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a brief cover letter and CV online no later than January 10, 2022.