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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.

The Presidential Fellow will work closely with the President and other Academy staff on projects including:

  • Drafting and coordinating presidential remarks, speeches, and communications on a broad range of policy issues.
  • Developing talking points for the President for Academy project meetings.
  • Assisting with the development and implementation of ideas put forth by members of the Academy through Exploratory Fund projects.
  • Managing new executive office initiatives, special projects, and research projects as requested.


  • Master’s degree required, Ph.D. preferred
  • Experience or a demonstrated interest in an area related to public outreach and policy research.
  • Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as organizational skills, research skills, proofreading/editing, and interpersonal skills.
  • Must possess superior judgment and diplomacy, initiative, and follow-through skills.
  • Ability to comfortably and professionally interface with a wide range of constituents, including Academy members, staff, and the public at large.
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States without sponsorship.

About the Academy: Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. The Academy’s elected members are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs. With a current membership of 4,900 American Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members, the Academy has three major goals:

  • Promoting service and study through analysis of critical social and intellectual issues and the development of practical policy alternatives;
  • Fostering public engagement and the exchange of ideas with meetings, conferences, and symposia bringing diverse perspectives to the examination of issues of common concern; and
  • Honoring excellence by electing to membership men and women in a broad range of disciplines and professions.

The Academy’s main headquarters is in Cambridge, Massachusetts. With its geographically diverse membership, it has active programming around the United States and abroad.

The position has been filled for 2017-2019 and is no longer accepting applications.


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