Term Member Program

The Stephen M. Kellen Term Member Program encourages promising young leaders in government, media, nongovernmental organizations, law, business, finance, and academia to engage in a sustained conversation on international affairs and U.S. foreign policy. The program allows these younger members to interact with seasoned foreign-policy experts and participate in a wide variety of events designed especially for them. Each year a new class of term members, between the ages of 30 and 36, is elected to a five-year membership term.

The Term Member Program is supported by a generous gift from the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.


In addition to taking part in the full range of Council activities, the term members also enjoy an array of special events with high-profile speakers, including an annual Term Member Conference, roundtables, workshops, trips to financial and governmental institutions around the country, and a one-week-long study trip abroad every two years. This year's Eighteenth Annual Term Member Conference featured former national security adviser and CFR Distinguished Fellow Thomas E. Donilon, and included plenaries on the complexities of U.S.-Russian relations and the state of the U.S. economy five years after the crisis. Concurrent breakout session roundtables with CFR Fellows offered term members a chance for in-depth conversations on topics ranging from U.S. immigration policy and relations with Syria, Pakistan, and Brazil, to irregular warfare, the oil and gas boom, and the limits of U.S. power. The conference ended with a team debate over the balance between U.S. surveillance practices and civil liberties.

In the spring of 2013, a term member delegation visited Brazil for a week-long series of briefings and meetings with government officials, and with leaders in business, academia, local communities, and nongovernmental organizations. Other recent day trips have included visits to Bloomberg Headquarters in New York, the New York City Police Department, Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, and to U.S. Southern Command in Miami, Florida.

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For further information about applying for term membership, please contact Membership at applications@cfr.org or +1.212.434.9456.