The Council on Foreign Relations recently launched a new fellowship, the International Affairs Fellowship in Nuclear Security (IAF-NS), sponsored by the Stanton Foundation. The program awards a stipend of $125,000 and offers university-based scholars valuable hands-on experience in the nuclear security policymaking field and places researchers 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.
CFR will award two fellowships in 2012. The fellowships will be awarded on the basis of academic and professional accomplishments, and on the merits of the specific research projects proposed. Potential topics appropriate for the fellowship include nuclear terrorism, nuclear proliferation, nuclear weapons, nuclear force posture, and the security implications of nuclear energy. During their fellowship tenures, fellows will be invited to attend CFR meetings and participate in select events, such as the annual International Affairs Fellows Conference in New York.
The IAF-NS program is only open faculty members with tenure or on tenure-track lines at accredited universities and who propose to conduct policy-relevant research on nuclear security issues. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are eligible to work in the United States and be between the ages of twenty-nine and forty. CFR does not sponsor for visas.
The duration of the fellowship is twelve months, preferably beginning in September and extending into August. While deferment is typically not granted, requests will be considered under special circumstances and only for one year. Fellows are considered independent contractors rather than employees of CFR, and are not eligible for employment benefits, including health insurance.
The deadline for the 2012-2013 International Affairs Fellowship in Nuclear Security has now passed, but please visit CFR’s website for more information about the next deadline and other fellowship opportunities at CFR: http://www.cfr.org/thinktank/fellowships/
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