Nuclear Security Fellowship

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Position Description 

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. The fellows could work on a wide range of issues, including nuclear terrorism, nuclear proliferation, nuclear weapons, nuclear force posture, and, as it relates to nuclear security, nuclear energy. 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. Fellows are expected to participate fully in CFR's intellectual life. The scholars selected as SNSFs will be mentored by the fellows of CFR’s David Rockefeller Studies Program. CFR awards up to three fellowships annually.

Eligibility and Requirements 

The SNSF Program seeks to stimulate the development of the next generation of thought leaders in nuclear security. Qualified candidates must be junior (non-tenured) faculty, postdoctoral fellows, or predoctoral 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 duration of the fellowship is twelve months, preferably beginning in September. The program awards a stipend of $100,000 for junior (non-tenured) faculty; $75,000 for postdoctoral; and $50,000 for predoctoral 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.

Application Instructions 

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 16.