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International Affairs Fellowship in Nuclear Security

October 06, 2011

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Caution tape across barrels of yellow cake at the Inkai uranium mine in Kazakhstan. (Shamil Zhumatov/courtesy Reuters)
Caution tape across barrels of yellow cake at the Inkai uranium mine in Kazakhstan. (Shamil Zhumatov/courtesy Reuters)

Are you a full-time faculty member on a tenured or tenure-track line at an accredited four-year college or university? Are you interested in an opportunity to obtain hands-on experience in the nuclear security policymaking field by spending a year working with practitioners in the U.S. government or international organizations? If so, consider CFR’s 2012-2013 International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) in Nuclear Security, sponsored by the Stanton Foundation.

What is the mission of the IAF in Nuclear Security? The IAF in Nuclear Security offers university-based scholars an opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience in the nuclear security policymaking field by working in a U.S. government agency or at an international organization for one year. The program closes the gap between research and practice by giving scholars hands-on experience and exposing policymakers to cutting-edge scholarly thinking.

What are the eligibility requirements? This program is open only to candidates who are full-time faculty members on a tenured or tenure-track line at an accredited four-year college or university, who hold a Ph.D. or other advanced degree, 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 forty.

Does the fellowship provide a stipend? The program awards a stipend of $125,000. Fellows are considered independent contractors rather than employees of CFR, and they are not eligible for employment benefits, including health insurance.

What are some examples of appropriate research projects? Topics appropriate for the fellowship include nuclear terrorism, nuclear proliferation, nuclear weapons, nuclear force posture, and the security implications of nuclear energy.

Where would a fellow spend the year, if awarded the fellowship? The award is designed to enable fellowship winners to spend a year at a U.S. government agency or at an international organization that deals with nuclear security issues. CFR will work with the fellowship winners to identify an agency or organization willing to serve as a host. All placements are made at the discretion of and with the approval of the host agency or organization. CFR cannot guarantee placement at any specific agency or organization.

How many fellowships will be awarded? CFR will award approximately two fellowships annually.

How do I apply? Please contact Fellowship Affairs at fellowships@cfr.org or 212.434.9489 as soon as possible.

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