Hellman Science and Technology Policy Fellowship
- American Academy of Arts and Sciences
- Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Category: Science-Engineering Science-Other
- Posting Date: 11/16/2020
- Application Deadline: Open until filled
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
Hellman Fellows contribute to new and 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
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.
Major Areas of Responsibility:
●Work with Academy Fellows 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
●Develop agendas and multimedia presentations for committee meetings and project
workshops and draft meeting summaries;
●Work with the Program Coordinator for Science, Engineering, and Technology 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 John E. Bryson Director of Science, Engineering, and Technology
Programs and the Academy’s Program Advisory Committee for Science, Engineering,
and Technology to develop new projects in this area;
●Work with the John E. Bryson Director of Science, Engineering, and Technology to
identify professional development opportunities to advance the Fellow’s knowledge and
skills relevant to the field of science and technology policy;
●Help expand the profile of the Academy and its audiences within the academic and policy
●Assist in the development and implementation of member engagement initiatives as
●Assist with executive briefings, presidential remarks, and speeches;
●Other duties as assigned
●Applicants must have a PhD in an area of science or engineering and have some
experience or a demonstrated interest in an area related to science and technology policy.
The PhD 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.
●Ability to display 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.
●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: Expected start date between July 1 and September 1, 2021. The appointment is for a
one-year term, which can be renewed for a second year upon a positive performance review.
Application: Applications for the 2021-2022 Fellowship are now being accepted on the
Academy website, with a deadline of Monday, January 11, 2021. Please apply on the Academy
Reports to: John E. Bryson Director of Science, Engineering, and Technology Programs
Compensation: $76K commensurate with experience plus a full benefits package including time
off, medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 403(b) plan, parental leave, and more.