CISAC Fellowships

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

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR

Deadline January 15, 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.

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
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Program Overview

Center for International Security and Cooperation (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.

Areas of Research

CISAC fellows may focus on any of the following topics:

  • Nuclear Risk and Cooperation
  • Digital Security and Policy
  • Governance, Organizations and Security
  • Regional Conflict and Cooperation
  • Terrorism and Homeland Security
  • Biosecurity and Global Health

 

Other topics related to international security are considered on a case by case basis.

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

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

CISAC fellows 2017-2018

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