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SAPIENS Public Fellowships

The SAPIENS Public Fellowship program places one recent PhD, in anthropology or a closely aligned discipline, in a two-year term fellowship at SAPIENS, the Foundation’s online magazine. The Fellow gains experience in the work of the magazine, expands their professional networks, and receives professional mentoring. The Fellowship comes with a stipend of $50,000 per year. The Foundation appoints a new fellow every other year. The 2022-2023 fellowship has been filled. The next application deadline will be posted in 2023 for the 2024-2025 fellowship.


Acknowledging the precarity faced by many early career anthropologists, the Foundation has designed the fellowship to meet the needs of scholars for whom relocation can be a hardship.  Fellows choose between telecommuting or working at the Foundation’s headquarters in New York City. The Foundation cannot sponsor a U.S. visa, but successful applicants may be non-U.S. citizens and undertake their fellowship outside the U.S.

This initiative aims to expand opportunities in our field by demonstrating that the skills developed in the advanced study of anthropology have wide application, both within and beyond the academy. The program helps recent PhDs build careers in public media and science communication.

Fellows participate the magazine’s operations in a wide range of ways. Their responsibilities might include:


  • Managing the online submission system
  • Identifying articles by anthropologists for republication
  • Uploading new pieces and proofreading with the team
  • Contributing to the title decision process and social media plans
  • Assisting in selecting and commissioning art and photos for articles
  • Collaborating with technical contractors to maintain website functionality
  • Organizing workshops
  • Writing articles for publication
  • Gaining skills for development editing

The best candidates for the fellowship are recent PhDs who aspire to careers beyond academia by choice rather than circumstance. They have a sincere interest in public anthropology and a record of success in both academic and extra-academic endeavors.