Nuclear Security Fellowship, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, USA

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The Belfer Center`s International Security Program (ISP) has been 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. Stanton 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

Stipend Information
These fellowships will offer ten-month stipends of 20,000 USD to pre-doctoral 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 2011-2012 academic year will be accepted until January 14, 2011. Please send two copies of your application materials. Applicants who have already applied for an ISP/MTA fellowship for 2011-2012 will automatically be considered for Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship. There is no need to submit a separate application. Decisions are expected by March 15, 2011.

Application Procedures
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 Stanton 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.

Contact Information

Fellowship Coordinator Telephone: 617-495-8806

Mailing address:
Fellowship Coordinator
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
79 John F. Kennedy Street, Mailbox 53
Cambridge, MA 02138


Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.


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