Senior Research & Teaching Fellows

Every year, HRC appoints two to three Senior Fellows to conduct advaced interisciplinary research (50 percent worload) and deliver seminars and lectures to researchers, graduate students affiliated to HRC and HACLR, HRC clients, visiting faculty, and visiting fellows (50 percent workload). Elegible applicants are leading scholars in their field with proven high quality research outcomes and research products measured by their scientific, regulatory and social impact (publications, presentations, reports, congressional hearings, legislation, case law, etc.)


  • Engage in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research related to AI, quantum technology, human functionality, international regulation, ethics and innovation, law and technology, human rights and human relations, and/or global mobility (migration and displacement).  

  • Design the HACLR Speaker Series.

  • Design and deliver lectures and seminars in their area of expertise. 

  • Serve as external advisor for graduate students conducting research at the Center or participating in our seminars.

  • Contribute and participate in the develepmont and publication of Houmbolt Research Reports.                                                                                    

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a long white hallway with lots of windows


  • Both PhD and superior academic record with list of honors are required. 

  • Record of publications in top journals and leading scientific outlets. 

  • High level of independence and intellectual curiosity. 

  • Superior written and verbal communication skills in at least three languages and proven ability to work with multicultural teams.

  • Technical, tactical, and International expertise.

  • Proven ability to obtain research funding. 

  • Proven record of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research.

  • Stellar references.

  • US citizenship or residence. 


  • Dental and health insurance during the term of appointment. 

  • Depending on the experience and techinal metrics of performance, senior fellows are eligible to receive a research grant (renewable once) from our partner institutions (from $75,000 to $100,000 per year). 

  • $3,000 academic stipend for international conferences.

  • $3,000 administrative stipend for travel.

  • Ultramodern, AI empowered and fully equiped office with cutting edge technology (AI desktops customized with NVDA Blackwell B200 chip, 15 inches interactive IPad/Panasonic tablet, GK-IND10IP65 Intercom System, PULSA 3D printer, Timelogix TL200 per office, and individually asigned Netgear M6 Pro Hotspot with AT&T connectivity for international travel). 

  • VIP access to IBM Think Annual Conference, GPA NVIDIA Conference, AI Data Expo, CES 2025, United Nations Global Conferences,  Interplanetary NASA Conference, OSU Conferences, HACLR Speaking Series (Columbus, Indianapolis, Chicago, Cleveland), and the 2025 Houmbolt Symposium.

  • Institutional nominees and funded researchers may hold double appointments as scholars and researchers provided their appointemnt is approved by the funding institutional partner (Palo Alto Networks, Caltech Lab, Stanford AI, OSU, IBM Research, Tesla Research, Supermicro, Artemis-NASA).


  • CV including list of publications, teaching and research experience. 

  • Letter of interest.

  • Academic transcripts.

  • Three contacts for potential letters of recommendation.

  • Research project for HRC (10 pages).

  • Research funding application for external funding (6 pages).

  • Research agenda (10 pages).

  • Teaching statement.

  • Three peer-reviewed publication samples of scientific value.

The deadline to apply has passed. Applications for the 2024-2025 Fellowship competition will begin in September 2024.


Visiting Fellows

Visiting fellowship applications are open both to US citizens and academics from around the world. Visiting fellows are appointed for one year only by HRC Selections Committee. Appointments can be extened for six months. 

Visiting fellows must be nominated by their government, an institution in their home country, a HRC partner. Visiting fellows are highly competitive and motivated researchers whose research agenda is likely to replicate in measurable research outcomes aligned with our research clusters.

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man in black suit jacket


  • CV including list of publications and research experience. 

  • Letter of interest.

  • Nomination letter.

  • Academic transcripts.

  • Three contacts for potential letters of recommendation.

  • Research project for HRC (10 pages).

  • Two publication samples.


  • Health insurance during the term of appointment. 

  • Visiting fellows recieve an academic stipend of $35,000 (US$).

  • An stipend of $,1500 for conferences. 

  • One round-trip ticket. 

  • Access to office space equipped with the lastest technology.

  • Expert mentorship for publications and research funding.

  • Possibility to further their research agenda. 

  • Access to HACLR Law Library, HRC Lab, HRC Interactive Library, and OSU Main Library.

  • Expert guided visists to NASA Visitor Center and TESLA headquaters in Texas, Stanford Robotics Lab in California, IBM Research headquaters in New York, the Congressional Research Service, and Congressional Policy Hearings in DC.

The deadline to apply has passed. Applications for the 2025-2026 visiting fellowship competition will begin in November 2024.

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outer space earth view
Smithsonian Researcher

Every year, HRC appoints a Smithsoniar Researcher. Elegible applicants are recent top graduate students showing outstanding promise in hard sciences, social sciences or humanities related to space travel, quantum development, quantum physics, robotics, AI regulation/adaptation, or interlinked research agendas in quantum theory, social sciences and human development.


  • PhD or Master's degree in related field (Quantum physics, chemistry, aerospace engineering, aerospace sciences, biomechanics, biotechnology, air and space law, astronomy instrumentation, space operations, AI space integration, AI and the law).

  • A minimum of one year of lab experience, field research, or interdisciplinary research in space travel, operations, adaptations and/or regulations.

  • Clear potential to receive major research grants.

  • Polyglot with multicultural exposure and international experience.

  • Superior intellectual curioisity and innovation.

  • A minimum of one year of postgraduate experience in the field.


  • Dental and health insurance during the term of the appointment.

  • A researcjh grant between $60,000 and $85,000 per year awarded by our partner institutions.

  • An academic stipend of $2,000 for conferences.

  • An administrative stipend of $1,000 for travel.

  • Fully equipped office with cutting edge technology.

  • VIP acces to the Smithsonian National Museum, NASA-Artemis, NASA Visitor Center, the Chicago Planetarium, Caltech Space Lab, the Congressional Research Service and related Congressional policy hearings in D.C.


  • CV detailing list of publications, research projects, lab reports, and institutional research experience.

  • Letter of interest.

  • Personal statement (5 pages).

  • Diversity statement (3 pages).

  • Three letters of reference.

  • Research project (10 pages).

  • Research Funding Application (6 pages).

  • Publication sample.

Applications are open. The deadline for the 2024-2026 Smithsonian Research Competition is April 25, 2024 (5:00 PM / ET). Submit your application at: