CISAC Fellowships for International Security Studies

The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) is an interdisciplinary community of scholars dedicated to producing policy-relevant research on international security topics. It is devoted to research, teaching, and training the next generation of security specialists, to influencing policymaking in international security, and to developing a more informed public discussion. 

The Opportunity

The Center serves as a forum for scholars and professionals to explore complex international problems and innovative solutions in a collegial and collaborative environment. The fellowship program is an integral part of this mission. CISAC Fellows spend the academic year engaged in research and writing, and are encouraged to participate in seminars and to interact and collaborate with leading faculty and researchers. Natural scientists have the opportunity to conduct research on the scientific and technical aspects of security topics, as well as to work in collaboration with faculty members. Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year are due by Jan. 15, 2018.

Areas of Research

CISAC fellows may focus on any of the following topics: nuclear weapons policy and nonproliferation; nuclear energy; cybersecurity, cyberwarfare, and the future of the Internet; biosecurity and global health; implications of geostrategic shifts; insurgency, terrorism, and homeland security; war and civil conflict; consolidating peace after conflict; as well as global governance, migration, and transnational flows, from norms to criminal trafficking. We welcome other research proposals on international security topics.


CISAC welcomes applicants from academia, the world of public policy, and mid-career professionals in the law, the military, government, or international organizations. CISAC welcomes applications from women, minorities and citizens of all countries. Applicants will be considered for all fellowships for which they are deemed eligible.


CISAC residential fellows are expected to produce a finished piece of writing. For predoctoral fellows, this means finishing dissertation chapters or the dissertation itself. For postdoctoral fellows, this could be writing articles or making significant progress turning a thesis into a manuscript. For scientists or professionals, this generally means writing a publishable article. Fellows are expected to be on campus throughout the fellowship. They are expected to participate in the CISAC community by attending and presenting at research seminars and, when appropriate, by collaborating with colleagues, senior researchers, and faculty. 

Fellowship Categories

CISAC offers numerous fellowships. Applicants will be considered for all fellowships for which they are deemed eligible. Current fellowship opportunities include: 

  • Social Sciences or Humanities International Security Fellowship
  • Natural Sciences or Engineering International Security Fellowship
  • Cybersecurity and International Security Fellowship
  • Law and International Security Fellowship
  • Nuclear Security Fellowship
  • William J. Perry Fellowship in International Security

Additionally, The John and Jackie Lewis Fund to Support Research on Asia is not a fellowship, but a grant to support research by pre- and postdoctoral fellows within CISAC, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), and the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC), as well as Stanford graduate students, on matters related to Asia. 

Fellowships Terms

Predoctoral fellows receive stipends comparable to those awarded by the Stanford Graduate Fellowships program. Postdoctoral fellows receive stipends determined by length of time passed since month and year of PhD completion and experience. Junior faculty and professional stipends are commensurate with experience. Past predoctoral fellows have received stipends in the range of $25,000 to $30,500; postdoctoral fellows have received stipends in the range of $48,000 to $71,200.
Unfortunately, we cannot provide housing. We can, however, refer fellows to the housing information that Stanford provides.

Stanford University policy requires evidence of medical insurance. CISAC will provide coverage for fellows without personal coverage. Predoctoral fellows will be enrolled in Stanford's student medical insurance plan. Postdoctoral fellows will attend a mandatory benefits orientation soon after they arrive on campus. Fellows have the option of purchasing additional coverage for dependents.

Application date
15 Jan 2018
9-11 months
America United States Pacific
Humanities Anthropology & Ethnology Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology Other Agronomy Biology Chemistry Computer science Engineering Mathematics Medicine Physics
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Award granted
Ca. US$ 48.000-71.200