Helen Fellowship 2016 for Post-baccalaureate women in Computer Science and Science

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Application Deadline: Jnaury 8th 2016

The Helen Fellowship is a unique opportunity at (American Museum of Natural History) AMNH for post-baccalaureate women with an interest in the intersection of computer science and science. The Fellowship offers one-year positions in three areas: computational research, data visualization, and exhibitions/hardware. Fellows in all three areas will split their time between teaching in our Brown Scholars high school programming course and personal projects within their discipline. This fellowship is intended for current college seniors (expected graduation by May 2016) and/or recent graduates and is a full-time commitment. This fellowship is non-renewable.


Computational Research Track

This track is intended for applicants who are interested in conducting computational research in one of the museum’s scientific fields. Candidates applying for this track should have previous research experience and an interest in pursuing a PhD in a related field.

Data Visualization Track

This track is intended for applicants who are interested in communicating scientific results to the public and in creating original visualization products to serve that end.

Exhibitions and Hardware Track

This track is intended for applicants who are interested in the intersection of science research, exhibitions, visitor interaction, and hardware design/development.


Fellows will receive an annual salary of $70,000 plus generous benefits.


Research / Project Support:

Funding is available for expenses such as research collaboration, presentations, conference travel, equipment, and supplies.



  • Talented and motivated women with a bachelors or masters degree in computer science, applied mathematics, computational science, data visualization, or design and technology.
  • Currently living in, or willing to relocate to, greater New York City (note: relocation expenses are not reimbursed)
  • Not undertaking any other full-time employment during the period of the fellowship, nor any part-time employment that conflicts with fellowship responsibilities
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills


Application Instructions:

Applications opened October 1, 2015, and are due by 11:59pm EST January 8, 2016. To apply, go to www.amnh.org/helen.

All applicants must submit the following materials:

  • Online application
  • Current CV
  • All undergraduate transcripts
    • Note: unofficial transcripts are acceptable for application. Official documents will be required for hiring of successful applicants.
  • Personal Statement A (< 2 pages) in which you should:
    • explain why you are interested in the Helen Fellowship
    • address your future plans and goals
    • describe any past teaching / mentoring experience
  • Personal Statement B (< 2 pages) in which you should:
    • (Research Track) address your intended research program, including the curator or research scientist with whom you will be working; or,
    • (Visualization Track) address your experience and/or provide work samples in data visualization and describe specific areas of interest within the areas of astrophysics, conservation biology, Earth science, and human biology; or,
    • (Exhibitions Track) reimagine an existing scientific exhibition in astrophysics, conservation biology, Earth science, or human biology as an interactive installation, including an overview of the hardware, software, and visitor experience design. Please identify where the current exhibition is installed.
  • 2 recommendation letters:
    • one that addresses your teaching/mentoring experience and potential
    • one that addresses your achievements and potential as it relates to your specific track (research / visualization / exhibitions)


Selection criteria:

While there is no one profile of an ideal candidate, we are seeking applicants with a combination of the following qualifications:

  • outstanding potential for novel research, visualization, or exhibition design
  • strong academic record
  • proficiency in computer programming
  • scientific interests which align with those of AMNH
  • previous teaching/mentoring experience
  • for research track: previous publication record

Recommenders will be asked to address the following components of your candidacy:

  • Potential for novel contributions to research or scientific communication
  • Ability to work in groups
  • Communication skills (written and oral)
  • Maturity level and leadership potential
  • Compare the candidate’s integrity and intellectual potential to students with whom you are familiar
  • If applicable, please comment on the candidate’s ability to work with motivated teenagers

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Helen Fellowship 2016


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