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The Council on Foreign Relations’ Fellowship Program opportunities

Posted on August 2nd, 2016

The Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) Fellowship Program offers unique opportunities for mid-career professionals focusing on international relations. The program affords fellows the opportunity to broaden their perspective of foreign affairs and to pursue proposed research, with a placement at CFR, another institution in New York City or Washington, DC, or abroad. CFR is seeking applicants for four 2017–2018 fellowship competitions listed below:

 International Affairs Fellowship

The International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) assists mid-career scholars and professionals in advancing their analytic capabilities and broadening their foreign policy experience. Selected fellows from academia and the private sector spend fellowship tenures in public service and policy-oriented settings, while government officials spend their tenures in a scholarly atmosphere free from operational pressure. The IAF Program is only open to mid-career professionals who have a demonstrated commitment to a career in foreign policy. The program welcomes applicants from a broad range of professional, academic, and personal backgrounds. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are eligible to work in the United States. CFR does not sponsor for visas. The duration of the fellowship is twelve months, and the program awards a stipend of $95,000. CFR awards approximately ten fellowships annually. Candidates can apply online between July 1 and October 31 on an annual basis.

International Affairs Fellowship in Canada

Launched in 2016, the IAF in Canada seeks to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between rising generations of leaders and thinkers in the United States and Canada. The program provides for one to two U.S. citizens per year to spend six to twelve months hosted by a Canadian institution to deepen their knowledge of Canada. The IAF in Canada is open only to mid-career professionals who have a demonstrated commitment to a career in foreign policy and have an interest in U.S.-Canada relations. The program welcomes applicants from a broad range of professional, academic, and personal backgrounds. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens. The program awards a stipend of $95,000 for a period of twelve months as well as a modest travel allowance. Candidates can apply online between July 1 and October 31 on an annual basis.

International Affairs Fellowship in Japan, sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd.

The IAF in Japan, provides a selected group of mid-career U.S. citizens the opportunity to expand their professional horizons by spending a period of research or other professional activity in Japan. The program is only open to mid-career professionals who have a demonstrated commitment to a career in foreign policy and have an interest in U.S.-Japan relations. The program welcomes applicants from a broad range of professional, academic, and personal backgrounds. While the IAF in Japan is intended primarily for those without substantial prior experience in Japan, exceptions have been made when an applicant has demonstrated that the fellowship would add a significant new dimension to his or her career. Knowledge of the Japanese language is not a requirement. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens who are eligible to work in the United States. CFR does not sponsor for visas. The duration of the fellowship is between three and twelve months. The program awards a stipend in yen, which covers travel and living expenses in Japan. CFR awards approximately three to five fellowships annually. Candidates can apply online between July 1 and October 31 on an annual basis.

International Affairs Fellowship in International Economics

The IAF in International Economics offers business economists as well as university-based economics scholars hands-on experience in the U.S. government to expand their range of thinking and work on international economic policy. The program is open only to mid-career business economists and university-based economics scholars who have demonstrated commitment to a career in international economics and related fields. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens and hold a PhD in economics or a closely related discipline. CFR does not sponsor for visas. The duration of the fellowship is twelve months, and the program awards a stipend commensurate with the candidate’s experience in the range of $150,000 to $175,000, as well as a modest allowance for relocation expenses. CFR awards one fellowship annually. Candidates can apply online between July 1 and October 31 on an annual basis.

Website: www.cfr.org/fellowships

Contact: fellowships@cfr.org