The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs offers research fellowships during the academic year to individuals who wish to devote their time to research and writing in the fields of science and international affairs. Fellows are selected by the Center's major research programs and are expected to work collaboratively with other Center researchers, as well as on their own projects. The Belfer Center Fellowship Program is known for its selectivity and the high quality of its participants.
Belfer Center fellows research a wide variety of topics, ranging from security issues such as nuclear proliferation and terrorism, to climate change and energy policy. Recent fellows have come from countries as diverse as Pakistan, Russia, Korea, Iran, Israel, India and China, and from professions including academia, business, government and the media.
Furthering Leadership Careers
The Belfer Center attracts top talent from graduate programs around the world. Our fellows and other alumni often go on to assume major leadership roles in academia, government, business and other fields.
Notable alumni include:
- Fareed Zakaria, editor, Newsweek International
- Karen Elliott House, former publisher, Wall Street Journal
- Albert Carnesale, former Chancellor, UCLA
- Jendayi Frazer, former Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. State Department
- John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology
- Allison Macfarlane; Chairman, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
- Daniel Poneman; Deputy Secretary of Energy
- Samantha Power: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
- Elizabeth Sherwood Randall; Coordinator for Defense Policy, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Arms Control
Here you will find information about our application process and life as a Belfer Center research fellow.