Foundation / Corporation
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
Fellowships to USA scholars and professionals for research that brings an innovative approach to US foreign policy challenges. Participants will experience work in a new field in order to gain different perspectives. Government officials are thus placed in scholarly settings, while academics are placed in public service and policy-oriented settings.
Selection is based on a combination of the following criteria: scholarly qualifications, achievements and promise, professional experience, firm grounding in foreign policy, and an application proposal that focuses on solutions to identified problems in U.S. foreign policy.
The application proposal will be judged on its originality, practicality, potential, likelihood of completion during the fellowship period, and the contribution it will make to the applicant’s individual career development.
GrantWatch ID#: 159302
The program awards a stipend of $100,000.
The duration of the fellowship is twelve months, preferably beginning in September.
- Applicants must be U.S. citizens
- Applicants must be mid-career professionals
- Applicants must possess a strong record of professional achievement
- Applicants must have a firm grounding in and a demonstrated commitment to the field of foreign policy
- While a PhD is not a requirement, applicants must hold at least a bachelor’s degree
Please note that the IAF program does not fund pre- or postdoctoral research, work toward a degree, or the completion of projects for which substantial progress has already been made.
Interested candidates who meet the program’s eligibility requirements can apply online between July 1 and October 31 on an annual basis.
CFR will work with the selected fellows to place them in suitable host organizations. CFR cannot guarantee placement at any specific agency or organization.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To apply online, go to https://www.cfr.org/fellowships/international-affairs-fellowship#chapter-title-0-4
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