The Belfer Center's International Security Program (ISP) has been invited to participate in a new nuclear security fellowship program funded by the Stanton Foundation. These fellowships are for predoctoral and postdoctoral scholars and junior faculty. The purpose of the fellowships is to stimulate the development of the next generation of thought leaders in nuclear security by supporting research that will advance policy-relevant understanding of the issues. Stanton Nuclear Security Fellows will be joint International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom (MTA) research fellows. All ISP/MTA applicants with a nuclear focus will be considered for the Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship.
Fellows are expected to produce a written product at the end of the fellowship (e.g. an article, report, or book). Suitable topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Nuclear terrorism
- Nuclear proliferation
- Nuclear weapons
- Nuclear force posture
- Nuclear energy as it relates to nuclear security
These fellowships will offer ten-month stipends of 34,000 USD to postdoctoral research fellows and 20,000 USD to predoctoral research fellows, and stipends for junior faculty fellows will be awarded on a case-by-case basis and be commensurate with experience. These are benefits-eligible fellowships. Office space and supplies, computers with LAN and Internet connections, and access to most Harvard University libraries and most of the other facilities will be provided.
The Belfer Center 2015-2016 fellowship application period is now closed. Recommenders have until February 2nd, 2015 to submit letters of recommendation, and decisions will be announced by March 31st, 2015.
The Stanton Foundation
Frank Stanton, the president of CBS News from 1946-1971, established The Stanton Foundation. During his 25 years at the network's helm, Stanton turned an also-ran radio network into a broadcasting powerhouse. Stanton died in 2006, aged 98 years.
According to information provided by the foundation, Stanton was a strong defender of free speech and was determined to use television as an "instrument of civic education." For example, in 1960, he supported the first televised presidential debates with Richard Nixon and John Kennedy, which required a special act of Congress before they could proceed. These debates were credited with helping Kennedy win the presidency, and have since become a staple of U.S. presidential campaigns.
Throughout his life, Stanton was interested in international security and U.S. foreign policy. He served on several presidential commissions charged with preparing the United States for the challenges of living in a nuclear world. In 1954, Dwight Eisenhower appointed Stanton to a committee convened to develop the first comprehensive plan for the nation's survival of the following a nuclear attack. Stanton was responsible for developing plans for national and international communication in the aftermath of a nuclear incident. According to a statement from the foundation, "The Stanton Foundation aims, through its support of the Nuclear Security Fellows program, to perpetuate his efforts to meet [such] challenges."
Please visit the Applying for a Fellowship page for more information on the Belfer Center’s other research fellowships for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral scholars.