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The William J. Perry Fellowship in International Security

The William J. Perry Fellowship in International Security

The William J. Perry Fellowship in International Security

The William J. Perry Fellowship in International Security

Accepting Applications

October 01, 2014 - January 16, 2015

The Fellowship

The fellowship, established by CISAC in honor of William J. Perry, the 19th U.S. Secretary of Defense and former CISAC co-director, is a visiting position for early- and mid-career researchers.

Perry Fellows reside at CISAC for a year of policy-relevant research on international security issues. They join other distinguished scientists, social scientists, and engineers who work together on security problems that transcend single disciplines. CISAC researchers address multi-disciplinary issues in nuclear weapons policy and nuclear proliferation; regional tensions; biosecurity; homeland security; and effective global engagement.

The Honorable Dr. William J. Perry’s career is a model of scientifically informed, pragmatic, and forward-thinking problem solving in public policy. After receiving degrees in mathematics (Stanford University, BS ‘49 and MS ‘50, Pennsylvania State University, PhD ‘57), Dr. Perry founded the successful Silicon Valley electronics company ESL, built a thriving venture capital company, and went on to a distinguished career in public service, including serving as the 19th U.S. Secretary of Defense from 1994 to 1997. Since 1997, Dr. Perry has been the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor at Stanford University. At the heart of Dr. Perry’s work is a commitment to bringing the rigors of science to international security issues. Stanford University recognized Dr. Perry’s visionary leadership on his 80th birthday by establishing a set of fellowships in his name at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), where he served as co-director from 1988 to 1993 and from which he currently co-directs the Preventive Defense Project (PDP).

Perry Fellows spend the academic year at Stanford University, where they are expected to produce a publishable manuscript based on their research. They also have the opportunity to participate in seminars and to interact with faculty, researchers, and other fellows.


The Selection Criteria

The William J. Perry Fellowships selection committee, chaired by CISAC Senior Fellow Siegfried S. Hecker, encourages applications from individuals with a record of outstanding work in natural sciences, engineering, or mathematics, and who are genuinely interested in and dedicated to solving international security problems. The selection committee welcomes applicants from academia, the public and private sectors, national laboratories, and the military, both from the United States and from abroad. 



Stipends for candidates in the William J. Perry Fellowship program will be awarded on a case-by-case basis and commensurate with experience. Health care and other benefits are also provided.


To Apply

Please visit CISAC's How to Apply page.

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