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CISAC Fellowship Program

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Stanton Nuclear Security Fellows with Scott Sagan (right), CISAC Senior Fellow, and Lynn Eden (left), Senior Research Scholar and Associate Director for Research.

CISAC Fellowships

CISAC fellows (predoctoral, postdoctoral, junior faculty, and professional) may focus on a variety of security topics, including: nuclear weapons policy and nonproliferation; nuclear energy; cybersecurity, cyberwarfare, and the future of the Internet; biosecurity and global health; implications of geostrategic shifts; insurgency, terrorism, and homeland security; war and civil conflict; consolidating peace after conflict; as well as global governance, migration, and transnational flows, from norms to criminal trafficking.

We welcome other research proposals, and we will consider applicants from the U.S. and abroad. CISAC welcomes applications from women, minorities, and without regard to citizenship. Applicants will be considered for all fellowships for which they are deemed eligible.

CISAC is grateful for fellowship funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Stanton Foundation, and Carnegie Corporation of New York, as well as many individual donors.


 

Fellowship Opportunities by Research Area

 

Social Sciences or Humanities International Security Fellowship

CISAC fellows (predoctoral, postdoctoral, junior faculty, and professional) may focus on a variety of security topics, including: nuclear weapons policy and nonproliferation; nuclear energy; cybersecurity, cyberwarfare, and the future of the Internet; biosecurity and global health; implications of geostrategic shifts; insurgency, terrorism, and homeland security; war and civil conflict; consolidating peace after conflict; as well as global governance, migration, and transnational flows, from norms to criminal trafficking.

 

Natural Sciences or Engineering International Security Fellowship 

Fellows with backgrounds in the natural sciences and in engineering may use their technical expertise from the public and private sectors, the national laboratories, and the military to: pursue research projects on the intersection of hard science, policymaking, and international security; and to hone their science communication skills.

 

Cybersecurity and International Security Fellowship

CISAC Cyber Policy Fellows may focus on any aspect of cybersecurity with an important connection to public policy, including (but not limited to) international security and international relations, critical infrastructure protection, privacy and civil liberties, and the future of the Internet.  Applicants may also find interesting research topics at http://cisac.fsi.stanford.edu/content/evolving-research-agenda-cyber-pol..., and they should feel free to argue for researching some aspect at the nexus of cybersecurity and public policy that is not described therein.  All else being equal, preference will be afforded to those interested in an ongoing research project, which at this time include projects on the use of offensive cyber capabilities as instruments of national policy and a Track II dialog on cybersecurity as it relates to China and the United States.

 

Law and International Security Fellowship (in partnership with Stanford Law School)

These fellowships, funded by CISAC and Stanford Law School, are open to lawyers, law students, and social scientists who wish to conduct research projects at the intersection of law and international security. 

 

Nuclear Security Fellowship

  • The MacArthur Foundation Nuclear Security Fellowship

These fellowships are intended to promote training and policy-relevant scholarship in three interrelated areas: nuclear weapons policy in a changing global context; nuclear terrorism and transnational flows of materials and knowledge; and nuclear energy and nonproliferation challenges. Alongside their scholarly work, fellows are expected to produce directly policy-relevant work, such as a media appearance, a published article on a reputable website, or a written briefing for a government or international organization.

  • The Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship

These fellowships are designed to aid in the development of the next generation of thought leaders in nuclear security by supporting research that will advance policy-relevant understanding of nuclear-related issues. They offer engineers, scientists, and social scientists the opportunity to focus on issues related to nuclear security. Alongside their scholarly work, fellows are expected to produce directly policy-relevant work, such as a media appearance, a published article on a reputable website, or a written briefing for a government or international organization.

 

The William J. Perry Fellowship in International Security

The Perry Fellows reside at CISAC for a year of policy-relevant research and writing on international security and cooperation issues. They will join other distinguished scientists, social scientists, and engineers who work together on security problems by engaging multi-disciplinary methodologies. 

 


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Contact us with questions at CISACfellowship@stanford.edu.

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