American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Humanities Policy Fellow

Humanities Policy Fellowship

The Humanities Policy Fellowship provides an opportunity for an early-career professional with training in the humanities or humanistic social sciences to learn about a career in public policy and administration. While in residence, the Humanities Policy Fellow will contribute to new and ongoing Academy projects working across disciplines.

The Humanities Policy fellow serves as a full-time member of the staff in support of the work of the Academy and its members. The Fellow will work within one or more of the following program areas: Humanities, Arts, and Culture; Education and the Development of Knowledge; and American Institutions, Society, and the Public Good

Priority consideration will be given to applications received online by February 18, 2020. This position is for a two-year term, starting July - September of 2020 and continuing through June-August of 2022.


  • To support and guide an early-career professional who wants to develop expertise on policy issues related to humanities and the humanistic social sciences;
  • To increase the number of humanities professionals who are engaged in substantive discussion of questions about policy related to the humanities, with a broad understanding of their social implications; and
  • To expand the scale of Academy projects and studies focused on challenges facing the humanities and American society.


  • Work with Academy Fellows and staff to carry out policy and academic studies;
    • Draft/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 their work;
    • Develop agendas and multimedia presentations for committee meetings and project workshops and draft meeting summaries;
    • 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 with Academy program staff to identify professional development opportunities;
  • Expand the profile of the Academy and its audiences within the academic and policy communities;
  • Assist in the development/implementation of member engagement initiatives;
  • Assist with executive briefings and remarks;


  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. in an area of the humanities, humanistic social sciences, or the arts and have some experience or a demonstrated interest in an area related to public policy. The Ph.D. must be conferred prior to starting the position.
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the US without sponsorship.


  • Excellent written and oral communications skill
  • Strong attention to detail and excellent organizational and meeting-management skills
  • Ability to display initiative and follow-through skills
  • Ability to work well with a highly collaborative team
  • Ability to comfortably and professionally interface with a wide range of constituents
  • Ability to learn quickly, prioritize tasks, and work accurately under pressure
  • Ability to creatively problem-solve and be flexible


The American Academy is committed to the diversity of its staff and membership. As a scholarly organization and research center, the Academy recognizes that diversity of thought, class, experience, sex, gender, race, physical or mental ability, age, religion, national origin, and sexual orientation is a value to uphold and is central to the mission and work of the organization. A more pluralistic staff embracing diversity of thought, approach and life experience fosters a more nuanced understanding of contemporary issues facing the nation and the world. Working together in a climate of respect and openness models the civil discourse that is fundamental to the work of the Academy.

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Last updated: 2020-02-29