Get up to $80,000 for U. S. Tenured International Relations Scholars in the International Affairs Fellowship 2020

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If you are a Tenured International Relations Scholar looking to gain practical experience in the foreign policy-making field, apply for the International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) 2020 for a chance to receive placement at a U.S. government agency, in Congress, or with an international organization. 

The Fellowship bridges the gap between research and practice on peace and security by granting selected fellows from diverse scholarly backgrounds, a year of working on peace and security issues. 

If you are selected, you gain access to 12 months of the fellowship, while getting paid and you gain insight into critical scholarly researches relevant to the foreign policy and national security issues facing the United States and the world. 

Application Deadline: October 31, 2020 

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Benefits

Benefits provided to selected fellows in the 2020 International Affairs Fellowship include 

  • 12 months Fellowship of working on peace and security issues 
  • A paid sabbatical from their home universities(which must be arranged by the fellow) 
  • Up to $80,000 for the year (paid by the fellowship in a 50% match of  the fellow’s base salary at their University) 
  • Modest relocation financial assistance for fellows who have to relocate

Eligibility

To qualify for application, 

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants must be full-time tenured professors at a U.S. college or university whose research and teaching focuses on international relations or U.S. foreign policy.
  • Applicants must have arranged a paid sabbatical with their home university.
  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D.
  • Applicants must propose to spend a year working on peace and security issues in the U.S. government or at an international organization

Specifications 

  • Fellows must arrange a paid sabbatical with their home universities
  • For those seeking to spend the fellowship year in the U.S. government, CFR will work with the fellow to identify a U.S. government agency willing to serve as a host. The placement is made at the discretion of the host agency. Placement at some U.S. government agencies may be contingent on the fellow’s successfully obtaining a security clearance, which is granted solely by the U.S. government
  • Fellows are considered independent contractors rather than employees of CFR and are not eligible for employment benefits, including health insurance. 

No indirect costs can be deducted from the stipend award.

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Application Instructions

Interested candidates who meet the program’s eligibility requirements can click here to apply

About the International Affairs Fellowship

The International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) is an initiative launched by the Council on Foreign Relations(CFR) to assist tenured academics from diverse scholarly backgrounds to gain practical experience in the foreign policy-making field. 

Founded in 1921, The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, based throughout the United States and around the world, whose individual and corporate members represent a group unmatched in accomplishment. 

The International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) focuses on professors who propose to work on peace and security issues and who have limited experience working at a U.S. government agency, in Congress, or at an international organization.

Key Dates and Order of Program

The deadline for applying to the International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars is October 31, 2020

Selected fellows will begin their one-year fellowship between June and September 2021

Strong preference is given to candidates with no significant previous work experience in the U.S. government or at an international organization.

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