The Helen Fellowship is a one-year residency for post-baccalaureate women to devote time immersed in computational scientific research and educational outreach at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City. The Helen Fellowship program is part of AMNH’s education program, BridgeUP: STEM.
Fellows conduct research under the guidance of a museum scientist in one of the AMNH’s science divisions as well as the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. They also spend time in the classroom with high school aged young women, the Brown Scholars, who are instructed in computer programming and computational science concepts. Classes include museum hall visits, guest lectures from museum curators and scientists, and group, as well as independent work. Participation in the development of BridgeUP: STEM curricula is also possible.
Helen Fellowship applicants must meet the following requirements:
- A conferred bachelor’s or master’s degree in computer science, natural sciences, applied mathematics, computational science, or other relevant majors from an accredited institution, prior to the fellowship start date in September.
- A U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or a permit to work in the U.S. for the duration of the program, at the time of application.
- Proficiency in computer programming (Python preferred).
- Currently living in, or willing to relocate to, the greater New York City area [Note: relocation expenses are not reimbursed].
- Not undertaking any other employment (full-time or part-time) during the period of the fellowship.
- Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
Fellows will receive an annual salary plus generous benefits.
Funding is available for expenses such as conference travel, workshops, research equipment and supplies, research collaboration, and publication costs.