International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars

The Program

The International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars offers tenured international relations professors hands-on and practical experience in the foreign policymaking field by placing selected fellows in U.S. government agencies or at international government organizations for a period of twelve months. The fellowship is geared for those who propose to work on peace and security issues. Fellows must arrange a paid sabbatical with their home universities. The program will match the fellow’s sabbatical funding from their university (up to a maximum of $80,000 for the year).

The fellowship helps close the gap between research and practice on peace and security as well as enrich the teaching and scholarship of tenured academics by enabling selected fellows to become practitioners. The program also benefits policymakers by exposing them to critical scholarly research relevant to the foreign policy and national security issues facing the United States and the world community.

CFR will award approximately five fellowships during the 2017-2018 competition. CFR will work with the selected fellows to place them in suitable host organizations.

Fellowship Award

The fellowship is for twelve months. Selected fellows will begin their one-year fellowship between June and September 2017. Fellows must arrange a paid sabbatical with their home universities. The program will match the fellow’s sabbatical funding from their university (up to a maximum of $80,000 for the year) as well as provide modest assistance for moving expenses for those who need to relocate for the fellowship.

The fellowship award and placement are contingent upon the fellow successfully obtaining a security clearance, which is granted solely at the discretion of the U.S. government. Fellows are considered independent contractors rather than employees of CFR, and are not eligible for employment benefits, including health insurance.

How to Apply

The 2017-2018 deadline has passed and the application is now closed. If you are interested in applying next year, please email fellowships@cfr.org.

Eligibility

The program is only open to tenured professors whose work focuses on international relations or U.S. foreign policy and who have arranged a paid sabbatical with their home university. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens, hold a PhD, hold a full-time, tenured position at a college or university, and propose to spend a year working on peace and security issues in the U.S. government or at an international organization.

Selection Process

Fellows are selected through a competitive process, based on academic and professional accomplishments and the contribution that the fellowship will make to the applicant’s research and teaching.

Contact Us

fellowships@cfr.org

212.434.9740