Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship

The Program

Nuclear security is one of the greatest challenges facing the world today. The spread of nuclear weapons to unstable and hostile states, the risk of conflict between nuclear armed nations, and the potential for terrorist groups to acquire nuclear arms all demand new thinking and creative policy solutions. The Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship, sponsored by the Stanton Foundation, offers younger scholars studying nuclear security issues the opportunity to spend a period of twelve months at CFR’s offices in New York or Washington, DC, conducting policy-relevant research. While in residence full-time at CFR, selected fellows will be expected to lead a project of their own design, conduct original research, and write at least one policy relevant document. The fellows will also be mentored by the fellows of CFR’s David Rockefeller Studies Program. 


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens
  • Applicants must possess a strong record of professional achievement
  • Applicants must be postdoctoral fellows or junior faculty in a tenure-track position at a recognized university
  • Junior faculty at law schools or with a law degree as their terminal degree are also eligible

Fellowship Award

The duration of the fellowship is twelve months, preferably beginning in September. The program awards a stipend of $110,000 for junior faculty and $80,000 for postdoctoral fellows. Payment will be made in twelve equal monthly installments. Fellows are considered independent contractors rather than employees of CFR, and are not eligible for employment benefits, including health insurance.

"The best method for international relations scholars looking to improve the policy relevance of their research and teaching.” — Matthew Kroenig, Associate Professor, Georgetown University (2011-2012 Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow)

How to Apply

Interested candidates who meet the program’s eligibility requirements can apply online between October 1 and December 15 on an annual basis. To initiate this year's online application, please fill out the form below.

Fellowship Application

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Selection Process

Selection as a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow is based on a combination of the following criteria:

  • Scholarly qualifications
  • Professional accomplishments
  • Merits of an application proposal that focuses on nuclear security issues. Potential topics appropriate include nuclear terrorism, nuclear proliferation, nuclear weapons, and nuclear force posture

The selection process is highly competitive. Based on the overall application, the selection committee chooses two candidates to be fellows.  

2018–2019 Fellow



A list of former fellows can be found online by visiting Historical Roster of CFR’s Stanton Nuclear Security Fellows.

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