Fellowships

International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars

The Program

The International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars, sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, offers tenured international relations professors hands-on and practical experience in the foreign policymaking field by placing selected fellows in U.S. government agencies or at international government organizations for a period of twelve months. The program will match 50% of the fellow’s base salary for the academic year at their university (up to a maximum of $80,000 for the year). The fellowship is geared for those who propose to work on peace and security issues and who have never worked at a U.S. government agency or an international organization.

The fellowship helps close the gap between research and practice on peace and security as well as enrich the teaching and scholarship of tenured academics by enabling selected fellows to become practitioners. The program also benefits policymakers by exposing them to critical scholarly research relevant to the foreign policy and national security issues facing the United States and the world community.

CFR will award five fellowships during the 2018-2019 competition. CFR will work with the selected fellows to place them in suitable host organizations. CFR cannot guarantee placement at any specific agency or organization.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens
  • Applicants must be full-time tenured professors whose work focuses on international relations or U.S. foreign policy
  • Applicants must have arranged a paid sabbatical with their home university
  • Applicants must hold a PhD
  • Applicants must propose to spend a year working on peace and security issues in the U.S. government or at an international organization
  • Strong preference is given to candidates with no significant previous work experience in the U.S. government or at an international organization

Fellowship Award

The fellowship is for twelve months. Selected fellows will begin their one-year fellowship between June and September 2018. Fellows must arrange a paid sabbatical with their home universities. The program will match 50% the fellow’s base salary for the academic year at their university (up to a maximum of $80,000 for the year) as well as provide modest assistance for moving expenses for those who need to relocate for the fellowship. Fellows are considered independent contractors rather than employees of CFR, and are not eligible for employment benefits, including health insurance.

For those seeking to spend the fellowship year in the U.S. government, CFR will work with the fellow to identify a U.S. government agency willing to serve as a host. The placement is made at the discretion of the host agency and is contingent upon the fellow successfully obtaining a security clearance, which is granted solely by the U.S. government.
 
For those seeking to spend the fellowship year at an international organization, CFR will work with the fellow to identify an international organization willing to serve as a host. The placement is made at the discretion of the host organization. A security clearance may not be required.

How to Apply

Interested applicants who meet the program’s eligibility requirements should submit an application form, CV, and statement outlining the policy-relevant work they propose to conduct in the U.S. government or at an international organization. The statement should be no more than 500 words. Candidates must also arrange to have their department chair or dean send an official letter stating the approved sabbatical and base salary for the year. Finally, candidates must arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent assessing their qualifications for the proposed work. All materials must be sent to fellowships@cfr.org by October 31, 2017. Official selections will be made in December 2017. Selected fellows will start their fellowship between June and September 2018.

Fellowship Application

Download the application form here.

2017-2018 Fellows

Affiliations at time of award

Masoud Kavoossi, Professor of International Business Strategy and International Affairs, Howard University

Helen Kinsella, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison

David Lektzian, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Graduate Studies, Texas Tech University

George Shambaugh, Associate Professor of International Affairs and Government, Georgetown University

Contact Us

fellowships@cfr.org

212.434.9740

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