Fellow Accomplishments

Through the Horizon Fellowship, we place fellows at host organizations to help tackle policy challenges related to artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and other emerging technologies. This page highlights some of their achievements.


Fellows selected for our program receive policy-focused training, mentorship, and support in matching with a host organization for a full-time, fully-funded fellowship based in the Washington, DC area. Potential host organizations include executive branch offices, congressional offices, and think tanks.​

The first cohort of fellows began their placements at host organizations in 2022. To date, the program has placed dozens of fellows. Their work varies by host organization: fellows placed at think tanks contribute to research and writing about their field of expertise, while fellows placed in congressional offices and federal agencies support the work of their respective offices. We have a 100% placement rate for fellows selected into our program, and a large majority of alumni transition into permanent policy or public service roles upon completing the fellowship.

Horizon fellows have published in:

Fellowship 
Spotlights

Coming from a background in physics and data science, Krystal did her fellowship at the Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), where she collaborated with the Alan Turing Institute for a report on autonomous cyber defense, among other projects. After her fellowship, Krystal transitioned to a full-time role at the Department of Homeland Security as a Cybersecurity Specialist & AI Capabilities Analyst. 


One highlight of the Horizon Fellowship is the community. It's rare to get a group of people who are so expert at what they do, who are passionate about making a difference, and who also have this kind of public servant mindset. It's genuinely inspirational to be around a bunch of other people, who are doing important and inspiring work.


Read our full Q&A with Krystal here

Fellowship 
Spotlight

Willy started his career in medical school, graduating in 2021 an MD from the University of Miami. After a year in residency, he decided to pivot into biosecurity policy, holding research positions at 1Day Sooner and the Manhattan Institute, Willy is doing his fellowship at the office of Senator Todd Young (R-IN), where he focuses on biosecurity


Horizon has a really high-quality alumni fellow network, which has been a fast track to learning more. These are people that I could sort of see myself in their shoes in a few years. That's been  helpful for my career modeling. 

Read out full Q&A with Willy here


Fellowship 
Spotlight

After studying biology and infectious diseases, Aurelia worked in public health research at the World Health Organization and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. As a Horizon Fellow, Aurelia works on the interaction of biotechnology and security at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, where she has published several reports, including one on the future of the US bioeconomy.


One highlight of the Horizon Fellowship has been the ability to take the time to read what I want to read and learn what I want to learn, and really understand what my interests are within the world of biosecurity. I’ve had the freedom to create my own research questions and my own projects, and that's been great.


Read our full Q&A with Aurelia here


Fellows’ host organizations

A selection of organizations where our fellows have done their placements:
[My Horizon Fellow] is amazing. She has deep technical understanding, but also is very collaborative and excellent at working with senior executives … a ‘swiss army knife,’ a wonderful mix of hard and human skills. Horizon has some exceptionally high-end talent.

Senior agency leader

[Our Horizon Fellow] was the most outstanding fellowship participant of any we have hosted since the Senator took office. During that time frame I estimate we have hosted at least 24 fellows from multiple sources. 

Senior congressional staffer

[My Horizon fellow] does excellent work. He has slotted into the team just as though he were a direct hire. He dove in during his second week and wrote a substantial portion of public-facing memos for a senior level stakeholder and has never looked back.

Research manager

After the fellowship

Upon program completion, most Horizon Fellows transition to full-time roles in public service, with many converting to permanent employment at their host organization. The employers they have gone on to work at after their fellowship include: 

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