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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

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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.

Selection Process

Institute Fellows are selected via a Sine Institute selection committee.


Terms of Appointment

Fellows are required to be in-residence for multiple days per week of the semester, including office hours (6 hours per semester). Throughout the semester, each Fellow will hold 5 study group meetings. 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 and American University. Fellows will be compensated $50,000 per semester, without benefits.

Selection Process

Institute Fellows will be selected via a Sine Institute selection committee. Applications due on September 27, 2019.


Applications for Spring 2020 Fellows are due September 27, 2019. Applications should be submitted through the online form on the Sine Institute website and resumes should be emailed to



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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