International Affairs Fellowship in Nuclear Security

sponsored by the Stanton Foundation

The Program

The International Affairs Fellowship in Nuclear Security (IAF-NS), sponsored by the Stanton Foundation, offers university-based scholars valuable hands-on experience in the nuclear security policymaking field and places selected fellows in U.S. government positions or international organizations for a period of twelve months to work with practitioners. The IAF-NS closes the gap between research and practice and enriches the teaching and scholarship of academics, while also benefiting policymakers by exposing them to cutting-edge scholarly research.

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) awards approximately two fellowships annually. The fellowships will be awarded on the basis of academic and professional accomplishments, and on the contribution the fellowship will make to the applicant's academic career development. Potential topics appropriate for the fellowship include nuclear terrorism, nuclear proliferation, nuclear weapons, nuclear force posture, security implications of nuclear energy, international security cooperation, deterrence, and war and conflict. During their fellowship tenures, fellows will be invited to attend CFR meetings and participate in select events, such as the annual International Affairs Fellows Conference in New York City.

How to Apply

Interested candidates who meet the program's eligibility requirements must submit a cover letter, a CV, a statement of purpose (maximum 1,000 words in length), and two letters of recommendation. The statement of purpose should describe why you want to spend a year working in government or at an international organization, what specific agencies or organizations you are most interested working in, and what you hope to gain from the twelve month fellowship. All application materials must be submitted to fellowships@cfr.org by January 17.

Eligibility

The IAF-NS is only open to faculty members with tenure or on tenure-track lines at accredited universities and who propose to conduct policy-relevant research on nuclear security issues. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are eligible to work in the United States and be between the ages of twenty-nine and fifty. CFR does not sponsor for visas. Former Stanton nuclear security fellows who meet the eligibility requirements can apply.

Selection Process

Selection as an IAF-NS is based on a combination of the following criteria: scholarly qualifications, achievements and promise, depth and breadth of professional experience, firm grounding in foreign policy and international relations, and the contribution the fellowship will make to the applicant's individual career development.

Fellowship Award

The duration of the fellowship is twelve months, preferably beginning in September. Though deferment is not an option, requests to do so, for up to one year only, will be considered on a case-by-case basis and under special circumstances. The program awards a stipend of $125,000. Fellows are considered independent contractors rather than employees of CFR, and are not eligible for employment benefits, including health insurance.

2013-2014 Fellows

None awarded

Alumni

A list of former fellows can be found online by visiting Historical Roster of CFR's International Affairs Fellows in Nuclear Security.

Contact Us

fellowships@cfr.org

212.434.9740