How To Apply for 2021/2022 Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship Program

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The Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship, sponsored by the Stanton Foundation, offers younger scholars studying nuclear security issues the opportunity to spend a period of twelve months at CFR’s offices in New York or Washington, DC, conducting policy-relevant research.

Nuclear security is one of the greatest challenges facing the world today. The spread of nuclear weapons to unstable and hostile states, the risk of conflict between nuclear-armed nations, and the potential for terrorist groups to acquire nuclear arms all demand new thinking and creative policy solutions.

While in residence full time at CFR, selected fellows will be expected to lead a project of their own design, conduct original research, and write at least one policy-relevant document. The fellows will also be mentored by the fellows of CFR’s David Rockefeller Studies Program.


  • The duration of the fellowship is twelve months, preferably beginning in September. The program awards a stipend of $110,000 for junior faculty and $80,000 for postdoctoral fellows. Payment will be made in twelve equal monthly installments. Fellows are considered independent contractors rather than employees of CFR and are not eligible for employment benefits, including health insurance.


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants must possess a strong record of professional achievement.
  • Applicants must be postdoctoral fellows or junior faculty in a tenure-track position at a recognized university.
  • Junior faculty at law schools or with a law degree as their terminal degree are also eligible.

Selection Criteria

Selection as a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow is based on a combination of the following criteria:

  • scholarly qualifications.
  • professional accomplishments.
  • merits of an application proposal that focuses on nuclear security issues.
  • appropriate potential topics include nuclear terrorism, nuclear proliferation, nuclear weapons, and nuclear force posture.

How To Apply

Interested candidates who meet the program’s eligibility requirements can apply online between October 1 and December 15 on an annual basis.

Click Here To Apply

Application Deadline: December 15, 2020

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