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Policy Fellowship in the Humanities, Arts, and American Institutions

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences’ Policy Fellowship for the Humanities, Arts, and American Institutions provides an opportunity for an early-career professional with experience or training in academia who is interested in transitioning to a career in public policy and administration. While in residence, the Fellow will work with senior scholars and policy experts on critical national and international issues related to humanistic and social scientific research, the strength of artistic and cultural institutions, and the role of American institutions in a well-functioning democracy.

The focus of the work will be on new and ongoing projects in the Academy’s Programs on the Humanities, Arts, and American Institutions to which the Fellow will contribute substantively.

The overall objectives of the Policy Fellowship are:

  • To provide a setting and resources for an early-career professional to develop expertise on issues of humanistic, social, and cultural policy;
  • To increase the cadre of young professionals who are engaged in substantive discussion of important topics related to humanistic, social scientific and educational institutions and research; and
  • To increase the capacity of the Academy to pursue projects and studies in the humanities, the arts, and American institutions.

Fellowship Eligibility:

  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. in the humanities, social sciences, or education and have some experience or a demonstrated interest in an area related to policy research and advocacy. The Ph.D. must be conferred prior to September 2017.
  • Strong writing, organizational, and interpersonal skills are desired.
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States without Academy sponsorship.

Terms: The appointment is for a one-year term to begin on or about September 1, 2017, at the Academy in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The fellowship will be renewed for a second year upon a positive performance review. Stipend is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Application: The deadline for application is Friday, January 6, 2017. To apply, send your curriculum vitae and a cover letter (2 page limit) describing your qualifications and interest in this fellowship opportunity.

Finalists may be asked to submit letters of reference.

Applications should be submitted online.

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 four 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;
  • Mentoring a new generation of scholars and thinkers through policy fellowship programs; and
  • Honoring excellence by electing to membership men and women in a broad range of disciplines and professions.

Current and Past Policy Fellows in the Humanities, Arts, and American Institutions

2015–2017 Humanities, Arts, and American Institutions Fellow


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