28JAN - National Security Fellows Program, Foundation for Defense of Democracies - Deadline: 05FEB

Organization Description

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)3 policy institute focusing on foreign policy and national security. Founded in 2001, FDD combines policy research, democracy and counterterrorism education, strategic communications and investigative journalism in support of its mission to promote pluralism, defend democratic values and fight the ideologies that drive terrorism.

Location: Washington, DC

Position Description

FDD is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for its 2016 National Security Fellows Program (NSFP).

Inaugurated in 2011, the NSFP seeks to provide the next generation of U.S. national security practitioners with access to high-level experts and opportunities for mentorship, networking, and skill-building.

We are looking for individuals who demonstrate immense national security career promise. Ideal candidates should be between 28-40 years of age and already working on issues related to U.S. national security, including executive branch officials, Hill staff, think tank experts, lawyers, journalists, professors, and members of the armed services. Candidates should demonstrate excellent analytical skills and be keenly concerned with securing the interests of the United States.

The program is not a full-time commitment but a series of eight evening Washington, D.C.-based events. Previous sessions have included dinners with former Directors of Central Intelligence Amb. James Woolsey and Gen. Michael Hayden; Janet Napolitano, then Secretary of Homeland Security, and Ambassador Giulio Terzi, then Italian Ambassador to the U.S.

Those participating in the 2016 NSFP class will be invited to apply for FDD’s annual NSFP National Security Trip to Israel. The trip is scheduled to take place September 15-22, 2016.


  • Between the ages of 28-40
  • A minimum of five years of employment in government, a think tank, news outlet, academia, or relevant field
  • Demonstrated interest in national security and foreign policy
  • Based in Washington, D.C.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates are asked to submit the following to bari@defenddemocracy.org:

  • A one page cover letter outlining an interest in the program
  • A resume including work history and educational background
  • A one page letter of nomination written by an experienced national security professional

Please consolidate the application materials in one pdf document. 

Deadline: Friday, February 5, 2016