The UCS Science Fellows Program brings early-career to senior-level scientists and scholars to UCS to work on innovative and forward-looking projects that explore emerging, potentially high-risk issues or scalable ideas and that are primarily scientific, technical, or analytic in nature. Preference is given to proposals that advance equity a racial equity approach or utilize an equity framework and that have the potential for policy impact. UCS offers competitive biennial fellowships in topic areas identified by UCS and selected by our Science Fellows Advisory Committee. Fellowships are up to two years in length and outcomes may include reports, publications, conference presentations, workshops, and other materials or activities.
UCS currently awards Kendall Science Fellowships and Hitz Family Climate Fellowships.
Kendall Science Fellowships were initiated in 2008 to honor Nobel Prize winning physicist Henry Kendall, co-founder of UCS and long-time chair of our board. Kendall was known for his unique ability to shake up the status quo and catalyze new thinking, and UCS looks to Kendall Fellows to do the same across our issue areas.
Initiated in 2019, the Hitz Family Climate Fellowship was established to support innovative policy-relevant research and solutions to address one of the world’s most pressing issues. The California-based Hitz family is dedicated to driving impact in the arts, environment, science, and education.