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Hellman Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy

As part of the Academy’s Initiative for Science, Engineering, and Technology, the Hellman Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy provides an opportunity for an early-career professional with training in science or engineering to learn about a career in public policy and administration. While in residence, Hellman Fellows work with senior scientists and policy experts on critical national and international policy issues related to science, engineering, and technology.

Hellman Fellows contribute to one or more of the ongoing projects under the Academy’s Initiative for Science, Engineering, and Technology. The studies explore how science and technology are evolving, how to help the public understand those changes, and how society can better adapt to those changes. The Initiative convenes leading scientists and public policy experts from both academia and industry to advance critical thinking about the evolving landscape for scientific research.

The Hellman Fellowship program has three objectives:

  • To support and guide an early-career professional who wants to develop expertise on issues of science, engineering and technology policy;
  • To increase the number of science-policy professionals who are engaged in substantive discussion of science and engineering research questions, with a broad understanding of their social implications; and
  • To expand the scale of Academy projects and studies focused on challenges facing scientific research and science education.

Fellowship Eligibility: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in an area of science or engineering and have some experience or a demonstrated interest in an area related to science and technology policy. Master’s degrees may be considered in the fields of engineering and computer science. The Ph.D. or Master’s degree must be conferred prior to the start of the fellowship. Strong writing and organizational skills are desired. Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States without Academy sponsorship.

The appointment is for a one-year term (with a possibility of renewal for an additional year) at the Academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Stipend is competitive and commensurate with experience.

We will not be accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Fellowship. Applications for the 2017-2018 Fellowship will be accepted beginning in August 2016, and due in January 2017.


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