CFR Call for 2019–2020 Fellowship Applications

The Council on Foreign Relations is seeking fellowship applicants for the 2019–2020 academic year. The programs offer unique opportunities, domestic and abroad, for mid and senior career U.S. citizens who have a demonstrated commitment to a career in foreign policy. Selected fellows broaden their perspective of foreign affairs either by pursuing work in a policymaking settings or research in an academic environment.

October 31, 2018 Application Deadline:

International Affairs Fellowship (IAF)

Established in 1967, the IAF is the hallmark fellowship program of CFR. It aims to bridge the gap between the study and making of U.S. foreign policy by creating the next generation of scholar-practitioners. The program offers its fellows the unique chance to experience a new field and gain a different perspective at a pivotal moment in their careers. Academics are thus placed in public service and policy-oriented settings, while government officials are placed in scholarly settings. Over the years, the IAF program has produced approximately six hundred alumni that span the who’s who of the U.S. foreign policy community, including a former secretary of state and several undersecretaries of state, U.S. ambassadors to NATO and the United Nations, and many other influential leaders in government, academia, and the private sector. The duration of the fellowship is twelve months, preferably beginning in September, and the program awards a stipend of $100,000.

IAF in Canada, sponsored by the Power Corporation of Canada

Launched in 2016, the IAF in Canada, sponsored by the Power Corporation of Canada, seeks to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between rising generations of leaders and thinkers in the United States and Canada. The program provides for one to two mid-career professionals per year to spend six to twelve months hosted by a Canadian institution to deepen their knowledge of Canada. Fellows are drawn from academia, business, government, media, NGOs, and think tanks. The duration of the fellowship is between six and twelve months. The program awards a stipend of $95,000 for a period of twelve months (or a prorated stipend if the duration is less than twelve months) as well as a modest travel allowance.

IAF in Japan, sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd.

Founded in 1997, the IAF in Japan, sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd., seeks to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between the rising generations of leaders in the United States and Japan. The program provides a select group of mid-career professionals the opportunity to carry out research while affiliated with appropriate institutions in Japan, and to establish long-term professional and personal ties through their activities. Fellows are drawn from academia, business, government, media, NGOs, and think tanks. Knowledge of Japanese is not a requirement. The duration of the fellowship is between three and twelve months. The program awards a stipend in yen, which covers travel and living expenses in Japan.

IAF in International Economics, sponsored by Kimberly Querrey

The IAF in International Economics, sponsored by Kimberly Querrey, provides the next generation of economic scholars and business economist hands-on experience in the policymaking field. Through the program, fellows expand their range of thinking and apply their work to international economic policy. Possible host placements for the fellowship include but are not limited to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Department of Commerce, the Federal Reserve Bank, and relevant parts of the U.S. Department of State and the White House. The duration of the fellowship is 6 to 9 months, and a stipend in the range of $150,000 to $175,000 is awarded along with relocation assistance. 

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For more information on each program and application instructions, please visit CFR's website (https://www.cfr.org/fellowships). If you have additional questions, please contact fellowships@cfr.org.