Military Fellowship

The Program

Each year, the chiefs of staff of the Army and the Air Force, the chief of naval operations, and the commandants of the Coast Guard and the Marine Corps nominate an outstanding officer from their respective services as a candidate for a Military Fellowship. CFR usually awards five fellowships annually. The program enables the selected officers to broaden their understanding of international relations by spending a year in residence at CFR’s headquarters in New York. Fellows expand their knowledge of international relations through a program of individual study, research and reflection, extensive participation in CFR’s active program of meetings and events, and interaction with CFR’s diverse membership.   

CFR’s Military Fellowship was an incredible experience, providing a unique opportunity for engagement with world leaders, CFR members, and visionaries. It offered a one-of-a-kind insight into New York City’s contributions to business, education, and the international community.
Brigadier General George M. Reynolds, Vice Commander, 25th Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland (2017–18 U.S. Air Force Military Fellow)

How to Apply

Interested candidates from the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Navy should contact their Senior Joint Duty Assignment posting official to learn more about the fellowship application process.

J Klein Promotion Ceremony

2023–24 Fellows

Phillip N.  Ash
Phillip N. Ash

Military Fellow, U.S. Marine Corps

John P.  Barrientos
John P. Barrientos

Military Fellow, U.S. Navy

Eric J. Doucette
Eric J. Doucette

Military Fellow, U.S. Coast Guard

Kristen D. Thompson
Kristen D. Thompson

Military Fellow, U.S. Air Force

Christopher J. Wehri
Christopher J. Wehri

Military Fellow, U.S. Army


A complete list of former military fellows is available here.

The military fellowship was a professionally enriching and rewarding experience. I’m taking with me new insights, many new friendships, and a renewed appreciation for the importance of healthy debate.
Colonel Erica C. Nelson, Chief of Staff for the Joint Staff (2018–19 U.S. Army Military Fellow)

Contact Us

For more information, please contact [email protected]