CISAC Fellowships

CISAC supports excellence in research through a robust and prestigious portfolio of fellowships.

The Program

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.

CISAC is a vibrant intellectual community. Younger fellows and more senior faculty collaborate to produce rigorous research and policy-relevant knowledge for a more secure world. Every day I learn something new.
Scott Sagan

    Program Overview
  • Program Overview
  • Areas of Research
  • Fellowship Opportunities
  • The John and Jackie Lewis Fund
  • Program Requirements

Program Overview

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

Fellowship Opportunities

CISAC offers numerous fellowships. Applicants will be considered for all fellowships for which they are deemed eligible. Current fellowship opportunities include: 

 

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. 

Program Requirements

  • 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.)
Scott Sagan with fellows

Faculty Mentoring

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.

I have found here at CISAC a true intellectual home; one that motivates me to find new and innovative ways to solve old and daunting – yet utterly relevant – policy problems.
Shiri Krebs
CISAC fellows

FAQs

Answers to the common questions can be found here. For further information, please contact cisacfellowship@stanford.edu

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