CISAC Fellows spend the academic year engaged in research and writing, and are encouraged to participate in seminars and to interact and collaborate with leading faculty and researchers. Natural scientists have the opportunity to conduct research on the scientific and technical aspects of security topics, as well as to work in collaboration with faculty members.
- Program Overview
- Areas of Research
- Fellowship Opportunities
- The John and Jackie Lewis Fund
- Program Requirements
CISAC Fellows spend the academic year engaged in research and writing, and are encouraged to participate in seminars and to interact and collaborate with leading faculty and researchers. Natural scientists have the opportunity to conduct research on the scientific and technical aspects of security topics, as well as to work in collaboration with faculty members. The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) provides an unparalleled opportunity for scholars and professionals to explore complex international problems and innovative solutions in a collegial and collaborative environment.
Areas of Research
CISAC fellows may focus on any of the following topics:
- Nuclear weapons and nonproliferation
- Nuclear energy
- Cybersecurity and the future of the Internet
- Biosecurity and global health
- Terrorism, and homeland security
- Domestic and international conflict and post-conflict environments
- Global governance and cooperation
Other topics related to international security are considered on a case by case basis
CISAC offers numerous fellowships. Applicants will be considered for all fellowships for which they are deemed eligible. Current fellowship opportunities include:
- Social Sciences or Humanities International Security Fellowship
- Natural Sciences or Engineering International Security Fellowship
- Cybersecurity and International Security Fellowship
- Nuclear Security Fellowship
- William J. Perry Fellowship in International Security
The John and Jackie Lewis Fund
The John and Jackie Lewis Fund to Support Research on Asia is a grant to support research by pre- and postdoctoral fellows within CISAC, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), and the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC), as well as Stanford graduate students, on matters related to Asia.
- Meet with your faculty mentor at least twice per month to review and refine your research topic, discuss project progress, and receive general career and intellectual guidance. Except in exceptional cases, these meetings should begin very shortly after your arrival. We also ask that you complete an Individual Development Plan and review it with your mentor within the first month of your appointment.
- Make tangible progress toward completing your dissertation in the form of several completed chapters.
- Participate in the Fellows’ Policy Workshop (typically 2-3 sessions per month).
- Regularly attend and present your research at one of CISAC’s weekly seminars.
- Participate in our winter quarter simulation for the course “International Security in a Changing World” if selected.
- Produce at least one policy relevant document as preparation for a mock congressional testimony, press briefing, or interagency meeting (to be presented during the Fellows’ Policy Workshop series).
- Publish a short op-ed, blog post, or other media piece that provides insights gleaned from your scholarly work to the public.
- Write brief, quarterly fellowship reports in which you describe your research, writing, and presentation activities during that period. (These are for our grant reports to funders.)
All fellows are mentored one-on-one by CISAC and/or FSI faculty during their time at Stanford. Faculty mentors meet regularly with fellows to discuss research plans, policy interests, and progress towards fellows’ academic goals.
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