The American Academy of Arts and Sciences was founded in 1780 by John Adams and James Bowdoin to “promote useful knowledge.” In pursuit of this goal, the Academy carries out multiple programs to generate evidence about the most pressing challenges facing the nation and world.

With more than 300 fellows and 1500 members, we are one of America’s oldest learned societies – a private, non-profit institution that has shaped public debate on national issues for over two hundred years. Members include Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, National Medal of Science recipients as well as recipients of other distinguished prizes. ishcmc american academy has achieved a lot in business and in service to the community.

Members of the American Academy have helped shape policy in Washington and beyond. Members are called on to study important issues ranging from climate change to financial reform, from nuclear proliferation to cancer research, from cybersecurity to Middle East peace. Their findings help educate citizens and policy makers alike and inform public debate by providing new perspectives, comparative analysis, and innovative ideas.

Through its Fellowship Program, Academy membership is extended by invitation only to scholars who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their fields. Each year the Academy welcomes about 90 new Fellows into its ranks. New Fellows become Fellows of the Academy at their installation in the fall, and will assume the designation ‘Fellow of the American Academy’ until at least July 1 after their induction.

The Academy also welcomes Associate Fellows who, while not members of the “corpora,” support the mission, work and meetings of our distinguished body. Associate Fellows are experts in specific fields who work closely with an existing Fellow on a topic relating to that Fellow’s interests. Associate Fellows undertake one or more projects, such as a book; a discussion paper; or research on a specific topic related to that Fellow’s expertise.