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Institute Fellows Program

The Sine Institute Fellows will lead discussions and study sessions with students. Fellows will convene and participate in campus-wide events, collaborating with experts, faculty, and students to uncover new ways to inform cross-sectoral policy solutions.

Shaping the Future of Policy and Politics

A cornerstone of the Sine Institute is its Institute Fellows program. Each Spring semester, beginning with Spring 2019, the Institute will host six Fellows. Sine Institute Fellows will consist of innovative leaders in government, politics, journalism, nonprofits, and business. Fellows will have the ability to collaborate with renowned AU researchers and practitioners, as well as the most politically active students in the country, to uncover new policy solutions and problem-solving methods informed by evidence from the public, private, media, and nonprofit sectors. A Sine Institute Fellowship will provide you the space and resources to advance one or more policy solution, as well as a platform to share your work more broadly. Connections with AU Faculty, Institute Advisory Board Members and Fellows, and others you will meet through the program offer the potential to catapult your ideas forward.


Fellows must provide evidence of remarkable accomplishment, exceptional management or policy experience in government, international organizations, NGOs, media, or the private sector, and have a passion and talent for sharing their experiences with the AU community.

Terms of Appointment

Fellows are required to be in-residence for multiple days per week of the semester, including weekly office hours (2 hours each week). Throughout the semester, each Fellow will hold six study group meetings with 12-15 students each. Fellows will participate in two forums in their area of focus, as well as events and programming activities organized throughout the semester by the Sine Institute, School of Public Affairs, and American University. Fellows will be compensated $50,000 per semester, without benefits. There may be opportunities for housing in the university-owned apartments in the Berkshire.

Selection Process

Institute Fellows are selected via a Sine Institute selection committee.


Stay tuned for announcements in the fall regarding the application process for Spring 2020.


Please send questions to us regarding the Institute Fellows Program via email.

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Spring 2019 Fellows & Distinguished Lecturer Announced

Highlighting the depth and breadth of expertise the Institute was launched to convene, the Sine Institute is proud to introduce the inaugural class of fellows and distinguised lecturer.

Meet the Inaugural Class