CISAC Fellowships

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


For 2020-2021 application check back in November 2019

The Program

CISAC Fellows spend the academic year engaged in research and writing, and are expected 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 CISAC fellowship provides an unparalleled opportunity for scholars and professionals to explore complex international problems and innovative solutions in a collegial and collaborative environment.

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  • Program Requirements
  • Application Details
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Program Requirements

CISAC is guided by its longstanding belief that a commitment to rigorous scholarship, openness to new ideas, and lively intellectual exchange can spur the creation and spread of knowledge to help build a safer world.  To that end, fellows are expected to be fully present and engaged at CISAC during their assignment.

  • Complete an Individual Development Plan and review it with your mentor within the 1st month of your appointment. 
  • 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.
  • Participate in the Fellows’ Policy Workshop (typically 2-3 sessions per month).
  • Regularly attend and engage with CISAC’s weekly research seminar. Present your research at one of the meetings.
  • Participate in many and host one of the fellowship dinners with the research seminar speaker and discussant.
  • Participate as a head of state in the winter quarter simulation for the course entitled “International Security in a Changing World.”
  • Make tangible progress on your proposed research project: completing several dissertation or book chapters and/or at least one article for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
  • Produce at least one policy focused document for a mock congressional testimony or NSC simulation session (part of the Fellows’ Policy Workshop series).
  • Write a short op-ed or other media piece that provides insights gleaned from your scholarly work to the public (blog posts are not eligible).
  • Write brief quarterly fellowship reports in which you describe your research, writing, and presentation activities during that period.
  • STANTON FELLOWS ONLY: Participate in the annual Stanton Nuclear Security Fellows Seminar, hosted by the Foundation in Washington, D.C.
  • HAI-CISAC FELLOWS ONLY: Participate in both HAI and CISAC research seminars on a regular basis.

Application Details

Submission of a formal application is required for all individuals who wish to be in residence as visiting fellows, whether they need funding or have independent support. Application is closed for the 2019-2020 academic year. Application will open for 2020-2021 in November 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions

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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

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