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Fellowships at Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University

Deadline: January 15 2018

Updated: November 16 2017

Program Overview

CISAC Fellows spend the academic year engaged in research and writing, and are encouraged 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 Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) 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 weapons and nonproliferation
- Nuclear energy
- Cybersecurity and the future of the Internet
- Biosecurity and global health
- Terrorism, and homeland security
- Domestic and international conflict and post-conflict environments
- Global governance and cooperation
- Other topics related to international security are considered on a case by case basis

Fellowship Opportunities

CISAC offers numerous fellowships. Applicants will be considered for all fellowships for which they are deemed eligible. Current fellowship opportunities include:
- Social Sciences or Humanities International Security Fellowship
- Natural Sciences or Engineering International Security Fellowship
- Cybersecurity and International Security Fellowship
- Nuclear Security Fellowship (Sponsored by Stanton and MacArthur Foundations)

Program Requirements

- 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. Except in exceptional cases, these meetings should begin very shortly after your arrival. We also ask that you complete an Individual Development Plan and review it with your mentor within the first month of your appointment.
- Make tangible progress toward completing your dissertation in the form of several completed chapters.
- Participate in the Fellows’ Policy Workshop (typically 2-3 sessions per month).
- Regularly attend and present your research at one of CISAC’s weekly seminars.
- Participate in our winter quarter simulation for the course “International Security in a Changing World” if selected.
- Produce at least one policy relevant document as preparation for a mock congressional testimony, press briefing, or interagency meeting (to be presented during the Fellows’ Policy Workshop series).
- Publish a short op-ed, blog post, or other media piece that provides insights gleaned from your scholarly work to the public.
- Write brief, quarterly fellowship reports in which you describe your research, writing, and presentation activities during that period. (These are for our grant reports to funders.)