Fellowship Opportunities

Nuclear History Boot Camp

The Boot Camp is an intensive, ten-day immersion course in the history of nuclear matters. The program ranges from the evolution of nuclear technology to the origins and development of deterrence theory and nuclear strategy through the historical roots of today’s global nuclear landscape.

Thematic seminars led by world-class historians and leading experts will:

  • fully immerse participants in the world of nuclear history research,
  • explore the international history behind today’s nuclear challenges,
  • foster discussions of the presentations that each participant will offer based on his/her current research

Please see the Nuclear History Boot Camp Website for current year's dates and application details.

CFA: IAEA Nuclear History Fellowship in Vienna

The IAEA History Research Project in Vienna, a partner of the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project, is pleased to announce a 3-month research fellowship for a scholar studying the history of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). This fellowship will provide a unique opportunity to explore various archival resources in and around Vienna, including the IAEA Archives, and to interact with personalities and experts associated with the IAEA in Vienna.   

The deadline for applications is 20 February 2015. Interested candidates must submit a cover letter, a CV, one letter of recommendation, and a research proposal (maximum 1,000 words) outlining the work they propose to conduct, and the envisaged outcomes.

Click here to read the full call for applications


University of Illinois Champaign -Urbana 4th Annual International Security Workshop

The Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS) at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana announces the 4thannual workshop in international security. This one-week workshop is targeted at rising sophomores or advanced undergraduates from colleges and universities across the country. Dates: June 7-12, 2015.

The workshop has several, interdependent aims:

1.    to inform students about key security issues and equip them with the analytic tools to evaluate global policy proposals to address them;

2.    to develop a self-sustaining network of students with competence and interest in security studies; and

3.    to introduce students to careers in security policy-making in private and public sectors by meeting informally with security experts.

Presentations will be given by the following noted individuals: 

Stephen P Cohen, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

Anthony H. Cordesman, Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Conrad C. Crane, Chief of Historical Services, Army Heritage and Education Center

Paul Diehl, Henning Larsen Professor Emeritus of Political Science, UIUC

James Hentz, Professor, International Studies and Political Science, Virginia Military Institute

Feisal Amin Rasoul Istrabadi, Director, Center for the Study of the Middle East, Indiana University

Edward A Kolodziej, Director of ACDIS and the Center for Global Studies, UIUC

Fred Lamb, Fortner Endowed Chair in Theoretical Astrophysics (Emeritus), UIUC

Jacquelyn Schneider, Major, United States Air Force

Jennifer Sims, Senior Fellow, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Brenda Anne Wilson, Professor of Microbiology, UIUC

Students completing the workshop will be awarded a Certificate in International Security Studies and will receive one hour of college credit. 

Students from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. Limited scholarships are available for applicants with financial need.

Please see https://publish.illinois.edu/workshop2015/ for further details. A flyer for this event is available for download here: flyer.pdf


2014 Public Policy and Nuclear Threats Boot Camp Now Accepting Applications

The recruitment process has begun for the 2014 Public Policy and Nuclear Threats Training Program which will take place at UCSD July 6-16, 2014. You are invited to apply for this program and to pass along the information to anyone you think may be interested in applying. 

Information including applications can be found at: http://igcc.ucsd.edu/workshops/public-policy-and-nuclear-threats/ppnt-summer-boot-camp.htm

CFR 2013–2014 Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship Program

The Program: The Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship (SNSF) Program, made possible by a generous grant from the Stanton Foundation, offers younger scholars studying nuclear security issues the opportunity to spend a period of twelve months at the Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) offices in New York or Washington, DC, conducting policy-relevant research. CFR awards up to three fellowships annually. While in residence full time at CFR, fellows will be expected to lead a project of their own design, conduct original research, and write at least one policy relevant document. The scholars selected as SNSFs will be mentored by the fellows of CFR’s David Rockefeller Studies Program.

Eligibility: Qualified candidates must be junior (non-tenured) faculty, post-doctoral fellows, or pre-doctoral candidates from any discipline who are working on a nuclear security related issue. The program is only open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are eligible to work in the United States. CFR does not sponsor for visas.

Fellowship Award: The program awards a stipend of $100,000 for junior (non-tenured) faculty; $75,000 for post-doctoral; and $50,000 for pre-doctoral 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.

Deadline: The deadline to apply is December 14, 2012.

How to Apply: Interested candidates who meet the program’s eligibility requirements must submit an application form, a cover letter, a CV, and a proposal outlining the work proposed to conduct. Each applicant should arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent assessing the policy relevance of the applicant’s proposed project as well as the applicant’s qualifications for carrying it out. All application materials must be sent to fellowships@cfr.org by December 14, 2012.

For More Information: Visit www.cfr.org/fellowships.

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships

The Fellowships help to establish and nurture critical links between federal decision-makers and scientific professionals to support public policy that benefits the well-being of the nation and the planet. More information can be found on their website.

Arms Control Association ~ New Voices Nonproliferation Fellowships

The New Voices Nonproliferation Fellowship Program invites recent college undergraduate and Master degree graduate students to apply for a one year full-time fellowship with the Arms Control Association in Washington, DC. More information can be found on their website.

Belfer Center Nuclear Security Fellowship ~ Harvard University

The Belfer Center's International Security Program (ISP) has been has been invited to participate in a new nuclear security fellowship program funded by the Stanton Foundation. These fellowships are for predoctoral and postdoctoral scholars and junior faculty. The purpose of the fellowships is to stimulate the development of the next generation of thought leaders in nuclear security by supporting research that will advance policy-relevant understanding of the issues. Stanton Nuclear Security Fellows will be joint International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom (MTA) research fellows. More information can be found on their website.

Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program

The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program within the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the National Academies is designed to engage its Fellows in the analytical process that informs U.S. science and technology policy. Fellows develop basic skills essential to working or participating in science policy at the federal, state, or local levels. More information can be found on their website.

Center for International Security and Cooperation Fellowships ~ Stanford University

The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) is an interdisciplinary community dedicated to producing policy-relevant scholarly research on international security problems, to teaching and training the next generation of security specialists, and to influencing policymaking in international security. CISAC's fellowship program is an integral part of this mission and offers International Security FellowshipsScience, Technology and International Security Fellowships and Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowships where the Fellows participate in seminars and interact with leading faculty and researchers. Check their website for additional information.

Council on Foreign Relations - International Affairs Fellowship in Nuclear Security

The International Affairs Fellowship in Nuclear Security (IAF-NS), sponsored by the Stanton Foundation, offers university-based scholars valuable hands-on experience in the nuclear security policymaking field and places selected fellows in U.S. government positions or international organizations for a period of twelve months to work with practitioners. The IAF-NS closes the gap between research and practice and enriches the teaching and scholarship of academics, while also benefiting policymakers by exposing them to cutting-edge scholarly research. More information can be found on this webpage.

Council on Foreign Relations Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship Program

The Consul on Foreign Relations offers Internship and Fellowships Opportunities. Currently seeking applications for the Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship Program. Check the Council on Foreign Relations Website for more information.

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship provides opportunities for Tomorrow's Leaders in Peace and Security. For additional information, check the website.

Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies's Visiting Research Fellowships ~ University of Notre Dame

The Kroc Institute’s Visiting Research Fellows Program seeks to bring outstanding scholars focused on peace research to the University of Notre Dame during each academic year. Fellows conduct research related to an existing Institute emphasis while fully participating in the life of the Institute in areas such as Peace ProcessesReligion and PeacebuildingPolitical Repression and Violence, and Peace Methods and Measurement. More information can be found on their website.

J. Robert Oppenheimer (JRO) Postdoctoral Fellowship

This fellowship is named after the laboratory's first director. It is open to all research areas aligned with the Laboratory's missions. This fellowship provides the opportunity for recipients to collaborate with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) scientists and engineers on staff initiated research. Candidates must display extraordinary ability in scientific research and show clear and definite promise of becoming outstanding leaders in the research they pursue. More information can be found on their website.

Monterey Institute of International Studies (in cooperation with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

The Monterey Institute of International Studies in cooperation with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and in support of the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s Next Generation Safeguards Initiative, is pleased to announce a one-week intensive course on nonproliferation and nuclear safeguards policy in Monterey, CA, and up to six paid summer internships at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, CA. 

National Academies ~ Research Associateship Prorams

The mission of the NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) is to promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U. S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. More info on this website.

NNSA - Nonproliferation Graduate Fellowship Program

The NNSA Graduate Program combines NNSA's Nonproliferation Graduate Fellowship Program and Future Leaders Program.  More information can be found on this webpage.

Policy Fellowships For Scientists & Engineers

A variety of Policy Fellowships For Scientists & Engineers can be found via this link.

PONI's (Project on Nuclear Issues) Nuclear Scholars Initiative

Each year PONI accepts a select group of graduate students and young professionals into a program consisting of six daylong workshops with senior experts from the field. The Nuclear Scholars Initiative aims to provide top graduate students and young professionals from around the country with a unique venue to interact and dialogue with senior experts on nuclear weapons issues. Check their website for additional information.

Presidential Management Fellowships

A variety of Fellowships are available at the United States Office of Personnel Management for persons who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs.

RAND Corporation ~ Stanton Nuclear Security Fellows

The RAND Corporation is offering the RAND Stanton Nuclear Security Fellows Program. The purpose of the Stanton Nuclear Security Fellows Program is to stimulate the development of the next generation of thought leaders on nuclear security related topics by supporting interdisciplinary research that will advance policy-relevant understanding of the issues. Check the RAND Fellowship Program Website for more information and to apply.

RAND Corporation ~ Summer Associate Program

The RAND Corporation is offering the RAND Summer Associate Program. RAND's Graduate Student Summer Associate Program introduces outstanding graduate students to RAND, an institution that conducts research on a wide range of national security problems and domestic and international social policy issues.  Check the RAND Summer Associate Program Website for more information and to apply. See Flyer

Sandia National Laboratories ~ President Harry S. Truman Fellowship in National Security Science & Engineering

Sandia National Laboratories is seeking candidates for the President Harry S. Truman Fellowship in National Security Science & Engineering, a three year appointment allowing recipients to pursue independent research that supports Sandia's national security mission.  Check the Sandia National Laboratories Website for more information and to apply. See Flyer.

SSRC's (Social Science Research Council) ~ International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)

The International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences who are enrolled in doctoral programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research outside of the United States. Seventy-five fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $18,750. Check their website for additional information.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Fellowships

The Center awards approximately 20-25 residential fellowships annually to individuals with outstanding project proposals in a broad range of the social sciences and humanities on national and/or international issues. Topics and scholarship should relate to key public policy challenges or provide the historical and/or cultural framework to illuminate policy issues of contemporary importance. Check their website for more information.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) offers Scholarships and Summer Internships (Undergraduates, Graduate Students, and Faculty). Check the Homeland Security Website for more information.

United State Institute of Peace ~ Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship Program

The United State Institute of Peace offers the Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship Program. The program awards between 8-12 residential Senior Fellowships per year to outstanding scholars, practitioners, journalists, and other professionals to write and conduct research on conflict and international peace and security. Check the website for more information. Specific information on the Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertaion Program can be found on this webpage.

World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship ~ Smith Richardson Foundation

The Smith Richardson Foundation is pleased to announce a new annual grant competition to support Ph.D. dissertation research on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, strategic studies, area studies, and diplomatic and military history. The fellowship's objective is to support the research and writing of policy-relevant dissertations through funding of fieldwork, archival research, and language training.  In evaluating applications, the Foundation will accord preference to those projects that could directly inform U.S. policy debates and thinking, rather than dissertations that are principally focused on abstract theory or debates within a scholarly discipline. More information can be found on this webpage.