Fellowships

The Council on Foreign Relations Fellowship Program offers unique opportunities for mid- and senior-career professionals focusing on international relations. Selected fellows have the opportunity to broaden their perspective of foreign affairs either by pursuing research or working in a policy-oriented setting.

International Affairs Fellowships - Overseas Programs

                     

International Affairs Fellowship in India

The IAF in India provides for one to three mid-career U.S. professionals to spend four to twelve months conducting research and working in India. Fellows develop a new professional network in India and gain fresh insights into the country and the challenges and opportunities that confront the region.

The IAF in India provides for one to three mid-career U.S. professionals to spend four to twelve months conducting research and working in India. Fellows develop a new professional network in India and gain fresh insights into the country and the challenges and opportunities that confront the region.

International Affairs Fellowship in Japan

The IAF in Japan seeks to strengthen U.S. understanding of Japan and to enhance communication and cooperation among Americans and Japanese on common issues. CFR awards three to five fellowships annually.

The IAF in Japan seeks to strengthen U.S. understanding of Japan and to enhance communication and cooperation among Americans and Japanese on common issues. CFR awards three to five fellowships annually.

International Affairs Fellowship in Canada

The IAF in Canada seeks to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between rising leaders and thinkers in the United States and Canada. CFR provides one or two Americans per year the opportunity to spend six to twelve months at a Canadian institution to deepen their knowledge of Canada.

The IAF in Canada seeks to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between rising leaders and thinkers in the United States and Canada. CFR provides one or two Americans per year the opportunity to spend six to twelve months at a Canadian institution to deepen their knowledge of Canada.

"The IAF transformed my perspectives and career trajectory. I am profoundly grateful for the experiences and relationships." — Colonel Stephanie Ahern, Strategist, U.S. Army (2008-09 IAF)
"The Murrow Fellowship is an enriching experience and a valuable opportunity for any policy-angled journalist." — Fred Kaplan, War Stories columnist, Slate (2013–2014 Murrow Fellow)

In-Resident Fellowships - Selection by Nomination

   

Military Fellowships

Military Fellowships are awarded each year to outstanding officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. These fellows, who are nominated by the head of their respective services, spend one year at CFR broadening their understanding of international relations, conducting research and writing, and leading trips to military bases around the country.

Military Fellowships are awarded each year to outstanding officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. These fellows, who are nominated by the head of their respective services, spend one year at CFR broadening their understanding of international relations, conducting research and writing, and leading trips to military bases around the country.

National Intelligence Fellowship

This fellowship provides an opportunity for an outstanding senior intelligence officer to participate in and contribute to CFR activities and events. Each year, candidates are nominated by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

This fellowship provides an opportunity for an outstanding senior intelligence officer to participate in and contribute to CFR activities and events. Each year, candidates are nominated by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Historian-in-Residence Fellowship

The Historian-in-Residence Fellowship offers distinguished historians the opportunity to spend time at CFR writing a book about a significant historical event that offers lessons that can be applied to contemporary foreign-policy challenges.

The Historian-in-Residence Fellowship offers distinguished historians the opportunity to spend time at CFR writing a book about a significant historical event that offers lessons that can be applied to contemporary foreign-policy challenges.

Former Fellowships