2019 CFR Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship

Deadline: December 15, 2018.

Made possible by a generous grant from the Stanton Foundation, the program offers young scholars studying nuclear security issues the opportunity to spend a period of twelve months at CFR offices in New York or Washington, DC, conducting policy-relevant research. While in residence full-time at CFR, selected fellows will be expected to lead a project of their own design, conduct original research, and write at least one policy relevant document. The fellows will also be mentored by the fellows of CFR’s David Rockefeller Studies Program.



  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens
  • Applicants must possess a strong record of professional achievement
  • Applicants must be postdoctoral fellows or junior faculty in a tenure-track position at a recognized university
  • Junior faculty at law schools or with a law degree as their terminal degree are also eligible




1. The duration of the fellowship is twelve months, preferably beginning in September. The program awards a stipend of $110,000 for junior faculty and $80,000 for postdoctoral fellows.

2. Payment will be made in twelve equal monthly installments. Fellows are considered independent contractors rather than employees of CFR, and are not eligible for employment benefits, including health insurance.



Selection as a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow is based on a combination of the following criteria:

  • Scholarly qualifications
  • Professional accomplishments
  • Merits of an application proposal that focuses on nuclear security issues. Potential topics appropriate include nuclear terrorism, nuclear proliferation, nuclear weapons, and nuclear force posture

The selection process is highly competitive. Based on the overall application, the selection committee chooses two candidates to be fellows.




Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship

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