National Intelligence Fellowship

The Program

Established in 1999, the National Intelligence Fellowship provides an opportunity for an outstanding senior intelligence officer to participate in and contribute to CFR activities and events. The fellowship provides a broader understanding of political, economic, diplomatic, and military dimensions of international affairs through engagement with CFR's fellows, members, and other experts. Conversely, the National Intelligence Fellow strengthens CFR's knowledge and understanding of national intelligence and its role and contributions to foreign policy and national security.

How to Apply

Each year, candidates from the intelligence community are nominated by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and interviewed by CFR. Interested candidates should contact their human resources officer to learn more about the application process.

2017–2019 National Intelligence Fellow

Michael P. Dempsey

Patrick Dempsey

CFR’s national intelligence fellowship offers a unique opportunity to expand one’s aperture on the world, work with world-class experts across a range of academic disciplines, and interact regularly with leaders from virtually every part of the public and private sector. I am confident that our officers will emerge from this fellowship re-energized and with a deeper appreciation for the wealth of expertise that resides outside the beltway—and they’ll be better intelligence officers as a result.”

- Michael P. Dempsey, 2017–2019 National Intelligence Fellow


A list of former National Intelligence Fellows can be found online by visiting Historical Roster of CFR's National Intelligence Fellows.

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