The International Security Program (ISP)
Program Director: Steven E. Miller; Faculty Chair: Stephen M. Walt
ISP offers both predoctoral and advanced research fellowships for one year, with a possibility for renewal. Applications for research fellowships are welcome from recent recipients of the Ph.D. or equivalent degree, university faculty members, and employees of government, military, international, humanitarian, and private research institutions who have appropriate professional experience. Applicants for predoctoral fellowships must have passed general examinations prior to appointment and have made significant progress on their dissertations. ISP seeks applications from political scientists, lawyers, economists, those in the natural sciences, and others of diverse disciplinary backgrounds. ISP also encourages applications from women, minorities, and citizens of all countries.
Fellows are expected to devote some portion of their time to collaborative endeavors, as arranged by the appropriate program or project director. Research fellows are also expected to complete a book, monograph, or other significant publication during their period of residence. Predoctoral research fellows are expected to contribute to the Center's research activities, as well as work on—and ideally complete—their doctoral dissertations.
Research interests: U.S. defense and foreign policy; Russian security policy; nuclear proliferation; managing nuclear technology and materials; the political economy of the Russian nuclear complex; chemical and biological weapons proliferation, control, and countermeasures; terrorism; regional security, especially the Russian periphery, Asia, and the Middle East; internal and ethnic conflict; transatlantic relations; democracy and democratization as a factor in international politics.
Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowships
The Belfer Center's International Security Program (ISP) participates in the 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. Nuclear Security Fellows are joint International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom (MTA) research fellows.
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 20,000 USD to predoctoral research fellows, and stipends for postdoctoral scholars and junior faculty will be awarded on a case-by-case basis and commensurate with experience, with provision of health insurance. Office space and supplies, computers with LAN and Internet connections, and access to Harvard University libraries and other facilities will be provided.
Ernest May Fellowship in History and Policy
The Belfer Center has announced a new initiative to help build a new generation of people who can bring professional history to bear on strategic studies and major issues of international affairs. We will select two Fellows next year in history and policy who will be called Ernest May Fellows. Niall Ferguson, Laurence Tisch Professor of History and Belfer Center Board member, will serve as their point of contact and mentor at the University.
The fellows selected will be housed at the Belfer Center and participate in the activities of the Center as part of the International Security Fellows Program.
ISP offers joint fellowships with:
Project on Managing the Atom (MTA)
Executive Director: Martin B. Malin
Areas of interest: Addressing the risks posed by nuclear weapons and weapons-usable materials; assessing the future of civilian nuclear power; and strengthening democratic management of both through improved access to information, broader public participation, and more effective regulation and oversight.
ISP offers ten-month stipends of 34,000 USD to postdoctoral research fellows and 20,000 USD to predoctoral research fellows, with full or partial reimbursement for health insurance premiums. Only a limited number of fellowships are available, so interested candidates are encouraged to apply for other sources of funding. All applicants should indicate clearly whether they are seeking full or partial funding from ISP, and indicate other potential funding sources. Nonstipendiary appointments are also offered. In most cases, office space and supplies, computers with LAN and Internet connections, and access to Harvard University libraries and other facilities will be provided.
- Unofficial transcript (pre-doctoral fellowship applicants only)
- Research statement (3–5 pages)
- Writing sample (less than 50 pages)
- Contact information for 3 recommenders
Applications for these fellowships for the 2013–2014 academic year will be accepted until January 14, 2013. Decisions will be announced by March 31, 2013.
Fellowship Coordinator Telephone: 617-495-8806
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
79 John F. Kennedy Street, Mailbox 53
Cambridge, MA 02138