FOUNDATIONS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
The following universities, foundations, and other organizations have funded technical research relevant to arms control policy. Please keep in mind that deadlines change. To ensure that you qualify for any funding opportunity, be sure to contact the specific organization involved.
If you are interested in applying for any of these opportunities, the Social Science Research Council maintains a useful website with information on writing proposals for fellowships and grants. The Career Resources section of this website also includes examples of a cover letter, CV, and resume, as well as links to other helpful resources on the web.
AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship
For more than 30 years, the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships have provided scientists and engineers with a unique public policy learning experience and an opportunity to apply their knowledge and analytical skills to national and international issues in the policy realm. Career-advancing opportunities are available with Congress and nearly 15 federal agencies. The six fellowship areas are:
·Energy, Environment, Agriculture & Natural Resources
·Health, Education & Human Services
·National Defense & Global Security
Eligibility & Criteria
AAAS seeks candidates from a broad array of backgrounds and a diversity of geographic, disciplinary, gender, and ethnic perspectives. Fellows come from a range of sectors, including academia, industry and non-profits, representing a spectrum of career stages, from recent PhD graduates to faculty on sabbatical to retired scientists and engineers. Fellows also have ranged in age from late twenties to early seventies. Regardless of background, career stage or age, successful applicants must:
·Hold a doctoral-level degree (PhD, MD, DVM, DSc, PharmD, and other terminal degrees), in any social/behavioral science, medical/health discipline, physical or biological science, any field of engineering, or any relevant interdisciplinary field. Applicants with a master’s degree in engineering and at least three years of post-degree professional experience also qualify. NOTE: All requirements for the terminal degree must be completed by the application deadline.
·Have solid scientific and technical credentials and the endorsement of three references.
·Hold U.S. citizenship.
·Show a commitment to applying their scientific or technical expertise to serve society.
·Exhibit good communication skills, both verbally and in writing, to decision-makers and non-scientific audiences.
·Demonstrate integrity and good judgment, problem-solving skills, and leadership qualities.
NOTE: Some program areas and agencies seek additional qualifications. See the website for details.
Placements are available in Congressional offices and more than ten federal agencies. The fellowships are year-long opportunities, beginning 1 September and ending 31 August. Most executive branch assignments offer a second-year option.
Annual stipends will range from approximately $68,000 to $88,000 for 2008-2009, depending on experience. Fellows also receive health insurance reimbursement, allowances for relocation and travel (for most agencies), a two-week intensive orientation, and a yearlong program of professional development activities that includes monthly seminars, training workshops, networking gatherings, and a year-end retreat.
AAAS accepts only online applications. Please visit FELLOWSHIPS.AAAS.ORG for full details on criteria, guidelines, program areas, application instructions, and to access the online application. The deadline is 20 December 2007.
NOTE: AAAS partners with approximately 30 scientific societies that also sponsor congressional and executive branch fellowships. The societies conduct separate application and selection processes and provide different stipend and benefits support. Individuals interested in the Science & Technology Policy Fellowships are encouraged to apply with AAAS as well as with any partner societies for which they qualify. For more information visit: http://fellowships.aaas.org/01_society_partners/01_SponSocieties.shtml.
American Academy of Arts and Sciences Visiting Scholars Center
In fall 2002, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences inaugurated the Visiting Scholars Center (VSC). The purpose of the Center is to provide support for outstanding scholars and practitioners in the early stages of their careers to advance their work in relation to one of the Academy's three program areas: Science, Technology, and Global Security; Social Policy and Education, and Humanities and Culture. In addition to pursuing individual projects, scholars will participate in activities of the Academy, and collaborations with Academy Fellows will be encouraged.
Qualifications: Fellowships are open to US citizens and permanent residents. The PhD or equivalent professional training (e.g. law, public policy) must have been completed within the last 10 years, although exceptional circumstances will be taken into consideration.
Deadline: Applications must be postmarked no later than October 15
Funding: The annual stipend provided by the VSC will be in the range of $35,000 for postdocs and up to $50,000 for faculty (not to exceed one-half of current salary). Scholars will receive office space, computer services, library privileges, and assistance in locating housing. Health benefits can be arranged.
Visiting Scholars Center
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
136 Irving Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Email: aoleson [at] amacad.org
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Fellowship in Science and International Affairs
The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (BCSIA) at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government offers both predoctoral and advanced research fellowships for one year, with a possibility for renewal. The Center's research projects include U.S. defense and foreign policy, Russian security policy, nuclear proliferation, managing nuclear technology and materials, chemical and biological weapons issues, science and technology policy issues, and many others. Fellowships are available in four program areas: the International Security Program; the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program; the World Peace Foundation Program on Intrastate Conflict, Conflict Prevention, and Conflict Resolution; and the Strengthening Democratic Institutions Project. Fellowships for special projects are also occasionally available.
Qualifications: Applications are encouraged from a variety of individuals including university faculty members, and employees of government, military, international, humanitarian, and private research institutions who have appropriate professional experience. Applications from women, minorities, and citizens of all countries are encouraged.
Deadline: On or about December 15th (check website for details)
Funding: Post-doctoral research fellows are offered ten-month stipends of $31,000 and pre-doctoral fellows are offered $18,000, with health insurance.
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
John F. Kennedy School of Government
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies
Postdoctoral Fellowships/ Sabbatical Support, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies
The Center for Nonproliferation Studies offers one year postdoctoral fellowships and sabbatical support for work on nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons proliferation. During their year in residence, fellows are expected to publish a significant work in the field and participate in the general research activities of the Center.
Qualifications: The search is open in regard to topic and area, but candidates whose research emphasizes issues related to nonproliferation in the Middle East, South Asia, or East Asia are especially encouraged to apply.
Funding: Postdoctoral Fellows-- $34,000 plus benefits and relocation allowance. Sabbatical support is negotiable.
Center for Nonproliferation Studies
Monterey Institute of International Studies
Monterey, CA 93940
Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy graduate Fellowship Program
This Graduate Fellowship Program of the National Academies-consisting of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council-is designed to engage graduate science, engineering, medical, veterinary, business, public policy, and law students in the analytical process that informs the creation of national policy-making with a science/technology element. As a result, students develop basic skills essential to working in the world of science policy.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2008 sessions. The program will comprise three 10-week sessions:
Winter: January 7 through March 14
Summer: June 2 through August 8
Fall: September 8 through November 14
Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars and those who have completed graduate studies or postdoctoral research within the last 5 years are eligible to apply.
To apply, candidates should submit an application and request that a mentor/adviser fill out the online reference form. References can be received in advance of the application and are good for an indefinite period of time. Application materials as well as additional program information are available on the Web at http://national-academies.org/policyfellows
The deadline for receipt of application material is November 1 for the winter program, March 1 for the summer program, and June 1 for the fall program. Candidates may apply to all three programs concurrently.
Questions should be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Institute of Physics, the American Physical Society, the American Geophysical Union, the Optical Society of America, and various other professional societies sponsor annual Congressional Fellowships for Ph.D. scientists under a program organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. These fellowships enable scientists to spend a year as a legislative assistant, contributing scientific expertise to a Member of Congress or a congressional committee.
Qualifications: Ph.D. (in exceptional cases this requirement may be waived for candidates with compensating research experience). Applicants must be US citizens and members of the professional society sponsoring the fellowship.
Funding: $49,000 stipend plus up to $3,000 each for relocation and travel allowance.
For AIP: www.aip.org/pubinfo
For APS: www.aps.org/public_affairs/fellow.html
For AGU: www.agu.org/sci_soc/policy/congress_fellow.html
For OSA: http://www.osa.org/aboutosa/awards/other/congSPIE.cfm
For other AAAS organizations: fellowships.aaas.org/congressional//general/summer_symposium/index.cfm?pageID=1418
The Cooperative Monitoring Center's Visiting Scholars Program
This program at Sandia National Laboratory brings a small number of scholars annually to the Center to conduct research into the role of technology in supporting cooperative security. Among specific areas of research interest are nonproliferation, cooperative monitoring, transparency, confidence-building, environmental issues, and arms control verification.
Qualifications: Applicants are selected based on a competitive process that considers mutual areas of interest between the individual researcher and the CMC, periods of availability, and project proposals. Citizens of any country may apply but the competition is not open to university students.
Funding: A monthly salary is negotiated on an individual basis.
Team Leader, International Protocol Office
Sandia National Laboratories
International Protocol Specialist
Phone: (505) 284-4967
Fax: (505) 284-5005
The Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace
The U.S. Institute for Peace offers two fellowships: a Senior Fellowship and the Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship. Both are geared toward research on issues concerning peace and international conflict.
Qualifications: The Senior Fellowships are awarded to scholars, policy makers, journalists, and other professionals and the dissertation fellowships are awarded to doctoral candidates. Citizens of all countries are eligible for the dissertation fellowship, but they must be enrolled in an accredited US college or university.
Deadline: Mid-September and mid-November
Funding: Senior Fellowship-- stipend, office, and a part-time research assistant. Dissertation Fellowship-- $17,000/ year for writing or field research.
United States Institute of Peace
Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace
1200 17th Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036-3011, USA
The Peace Studies Program at Cornell University
The Peace Studies Program invites applications for a one-year fellowship for persons trained in the physical or biological sciences who wish to pursue work on policy issues in the area of international security.
Deadline: On or about April
Funding: $32,000 plus benefits and a modest research budget.
Peace Studies Program
130 Uris Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-7601, USA
The Science Fellows Program
The Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University offers natural scientists and engineers an opportunity to explore the policy dimensions of a research topic of their choosing in an interdisciplinary environment. Past research areas have included policy issues regarding nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons and delivery systems; nuclear weapons safety and security; export controls, and assessing antiballistic missile defenses.
Qualifications: Fellowships are available for both post-doctoral fellows and mid-career professionals. Scientists in academic and research institutions, government, and industry from both the U.S. and abroad may apply.
Funding: Stipends are awarded for a eleven-month period and are determined on a case-by-case basis commensurate with experience and availability of other funds. Health insurance and funds for travel and other research-related expenses are available.
Fellowship and Visiting Scholars Program Associate
Encina Hall, C223
Stanford, CA 94305-6165, USA
U.S. Institute of Peace
The U.S. Institute of Peace is inviting applications under a solicited grant competition for research and other activities addressing conflict prevention and resolution. The Institute's priorities include strategic nonviolent conflict, the Middle East and South Asia, and conflict resolution training. USIP supports studies, workshops, curriculum development, and training on the causes of war and other international conflicts; and the ways conflicts have been or can be prevented, contained, or ended.
Qualifications: USIP provides grant support to nonprofit organizations and individuals -- both U.S. and foreign -- including the following: institutions of post-secondary, community, and secondary education; public and private education, training, or research institutions; and libraries. Although the Institute can provide grant support to individuals, it prefers that an institutional affiliation be established.
Deadline: March 1
Funding: Most grants range from $25,000 to $45,000 a year, although somewhat larger grants are also awarded. The project period is one to two years.
United States Institute of Peace
Grant Program: Solicited Grants
1200 17th Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036-3011
Other foundations that fund peace and security issues include:
- The Carnegie Corporation (www.carnegie.org) through its International Peace and Security program, focuses on nonproliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Russia and Other Post-Soviet States, and new dimensions of security.
- The Ford Foundation (www.fordfound.org) provides grants to promote peace and security, strengthen support for U.S. global engagement and inform international economic policy making.
- The Ploughshares Foundation (www.ploughshares.org) provides grants in the areas of reducing the weapons trade, cutting wasteful US military spending, cleaning up nuclear wastes, and fighting nuclear terrorism and proliferation.
- The Rockefeller Foundation (www.rockfound.org) was in the process of revising its funding guidelines in the fall of 1999. The Foundation has funded international security issues in the past but has eliminated nuclear weapons from its focus.
- For a list of organizations and foundations that fund international affairs broadly defined, see:
- The Foundation Center maintains a list of granting organizations that is searchable by subject area at: