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 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.
The fellowship runs for twelve months, preferably beginning in September. The program awards a stipend of $137,000 for junior faculty and $101,000 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.
Selection as a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow is based on the following criteria:
- scholarly qualifications
- professional accomplishments
- merits and feasibility of an application proposal that focuses on nuclear security issues. Appropriate potential topics include nuclear terrorism, nuclear proliferation, nuclear weapons, and nuclear force posture
The selection process is highly competitive. The selection committee chooses one or two candidates each year as fellows.
How to Apply
Interested candidates who meet the program’s eligibility requirements can apply online between October 15 and December 1, 2024, for the 2025–26 application cycle.
A list of former Stanton nuclear security fellows is available here.
For more information, please contact [email protected]