Chris O’Brien has worked at the Fellowships Office of the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the National Academies since the mid-1970’s. She has been involved in the administration of numerous fellowship programs, varying in level from predoctoral through postdoctoral and varying by funding source (public and private). Since 1979, Chris has worked primarily on the Ford Foundation Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs. The total of Ford Fellowship awards (administered by the National Academies) is over 3,000. Chris and Joan Rosenthal were co-founders of the Fellowship Roundtable in 1995.