Host a Fellow

Through our flagship Horizon Fellowship, we place fully-funded fellows at host organizations to help tackle policy challenges related to artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and other emerging technologies.

Federal agencies, congressional offices, and think tanks are eligible to host fellows. Placements typically last 12 months or more. All fellows bring subject-matter expertise in their field, and are selected through a highly competitive process. Fellows are fully funded by Horizon through philanthropic support and receive extensive policy training and mentorship prior to their placement, enabling them to hit the ground running from day one. Fellows’ work is fully managed by their host organizations. 

What Horizon offers
We aim to make the experience of hosting a fellow as helpful and smooth for host offices as possible. As such, our program is designed to have several core features:
Horizon fellows are fully funded and free to their host office

To ensure access to talent is based on need and impact rather than budget, all our fellows are fully-funded through philanthropic support and thus entirely free to their host organizations. This includes funding not only fellows’ salaries and benefits but also the host organization’s overhead costs, as applicable and appropriate. The Horizon team has experience supporting dozens of fellows and works hard to ensure that the process of onboarding fellows is logistically smooth for the host organization.

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Horizon fellows are selected through a highly competitive application process

Our fellowship opportunities are widely advertised, and fellows are assessed for relevant qualities in a multi-step process that includes several interviews and work tests. Among our top priorities are a deep commitment to public service, analytical and writing skills, and the ability to work in teams and high-pressure environments.

Horizon fellows bring deep subject-matter expertise in critical areas

To advance policymakers’ understanding of AI, biosecurity, and related emerging technologies, we select fellows who are experts in their fields from across academia, industry, and civil society. At the same time, we screen fellows for being broadly interested and fast learners, allowing them to thrive in dynamic policy environments.

Horizon fellows receive extensive training in policy skills prior to their placement

To enable our fellows to hit the ground running from day one, we train them in relevant skills such as policy research, memo writing, and briefing, and organize seminars with senior practitioners on how the policy world works. Fellows also receive a personal development budget that they can spend on the skills most relevant to their individual placement and career goals.

[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 staff

Where our fellows have placed

A selection of organizations where our fellows have done their placements:
What our fellows work on

Drawing on expertise built at top academic labs, medical schools, companies, and civil society organizations, our fellows have supported research and decisions on a wide range of topics including pandemic preparedness and response, the implications of AI developments for equity and security, and responsible innovation in emerging technology areas such as biotechnology, among many others.