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American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAU)

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.

Hellman Fellowships

The overall objectives of the Hellman Fellowship Program are as follows: (1) To provide a setting and resources for an early-career professional to develop expertise on issues of science, engineering and technology policy; (2) To increase the cadre of young science-policy professionals who are engaged in substantive discussion of science and engineering research questions with a broad understanding of their social implications; and (3) To increase the scale of American Academy projects and studies on science, engineering, and technology.

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. Masters degrees may be considered in the fields of engineering and computer science. Strong writing and organizational skills are desired. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or current employees of an academic or professional organization in the United States.

Visiting Scholars Program

The purpose of the Visiting Scholars Program is to support the work of younger public policy analysts, humanists, and social scientists who show promise of becoming leaders in their field, especially those who work on multidisciplinary topics. The Program offers opportunities for them to carry out their individual research as well as to collaborate with Academy Fellows on shared scholarly or policy-related interests. It also helps to create a national network for scholars in the early stages of their career, assisting them in their research and professional development. Finally, it has established the House of the Academy as an active research center for intensive scholarship by individuals from diverse disciplinary, institutional, and geographic backgrounds. The VSP is an important way to share the Academy’s extraordinary intellectual resources, including many of America’s most distinguished leaders in science, scholarship, public affairs, and business and the arts and to invest in the future of the next generation.