Fellowships

International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars

The Program

The International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) for Tenured International Relations Scholars, sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, offers tenured international relations professors hands-on and practical experience in the foreign policy–making field by placing selected fellows in U.S. government agencies or at international organizations for a period of twelve months. The fellowship is geared toward those who propose to work on peace and security issues and who have never worked at a U.S. government agency or an international organization.

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.

My year as a CFR fellow based at the ICRC was incredibly fruitful. I put my skills to use in a pragmatic way, learned an enormous amount about the institution, and made connections that will continue to link my own academic research to the humanitarian diplomacy of the ICRC.
Helen M. Kinsella, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (2017–2018 IAF for TIRS)

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants must be full-time tenured professors whose work focuses on international relations or U.S. foreign policy.
  • Applicants must have arranged a paid sabbatical with their home university.
  • Applicants must hold a PhD.
  • Applicants must propose to spend a year working on peace and security issues in the U.S. government or at an international organization.
  • Strong preference is given to candidates with no significant previous work experience in the U.S. government or at an international organization.

Fellowship Award

The fellowship is for twelve months. Selected fellows will begin their one-year fellowship between June and September 2018. Fellows must arrange a paid sabbatical with their home universities. The program will match 50 percent of the fellow’s base salary for the academic year at 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. Fellows are considered independent contractors rather than employees of CFR and are not eligible for employment benefits, including health insurance.

For those seeking to spend the fellowship year in the U.S. government, CFR will work with the fellow to identify a U.S. government agency willing to serve as a host. The placement is made at the discretion of the host agency and is contingent on the fellow’s successfully obtaining a security clearance, which is granted solely by the U.S. government.
 
For those seeking to spend the fellowship year at an international organization, CFR will work with the fellow to identify an international organization willing to serve as a host. The placement is made at the discretion of the host organization. A security clearance may not be required.

The IAF-TIRS exposed me to a wealth of new information about U.S. foreign policy pertaining to security, economics, and humanitarian matters. I use these insights to inform my teaching to better link theory and practice in international affairs in the classroom.
George Shambaugh, Associate Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (2017–2018 IAF for TIRS)

How To Apply

CFR is not currently seeking applications for the IAF for Tenured International Relations Scholars.

Alumni

A list of former fellows can be found online by visiting the Historical Roster of CFR’s International Affairs Fellows for Tenured International Relations Scholars.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact:

212.434.9740
fellowships@cfr.org