Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center Announces New Nuclear Security Fellows Program Funded by Stanton Foundation
January 15, 2010
Nuclear Security Fellowship
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. Nuclear Security Fellows will be 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.
Applications for these fellowships for the 2010–2011 academic year will be accepted until February 15, 2010. Please send two copies of your application materials. Applicants who have already applied for an ISP/MTA fellowship for 2010–2011 will automatically be considered for a Nuclear Security Fellowship. There is no need to submit a separate application. Decisions are expected by March 15, 2010.
Each applicant should submit as one complete packet:
1. A completed one page application (click to download the application PDF).
2. A 3–5 page double-spaced statement that proposes a major research project or dissertation prospectus. Please indicate at the topic of the page that the application is being directed to the Nuclear Security Fellowship.
3. A curriculum vitae;
4. Three sealed letters of recommendation (not emails) attesting to the applicant's professional competence;
5. A short writing sample pertinent to the application (please do not send books or lengthy manuscripts);
6. Predoctoral candidates must also provide a sealed graduate school transcript. The steps above constitute the application process.
The applicant is responsible for collecting all materials and submitting them as one packet to the Center. Letters of recommendation may be sent separately. Materials submitted will not be returned to the applicant. Emailed materials will not be accepted, unless specifically indicated by the Program Director.
Fellowship Coordinator Telephone: 617-495-8806
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
79 John F. Kennedy Street, Mailbox 53
Cambridge, MA 02138
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."
For more information about this publication please contact the ISP Program Coordinator at 617-496-1981.
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