Deadline: October 31, 2020

The Council on Foreign Relations is accepting applications for the International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) for Tenured International Relations Scholars. The fellowship offers tenured from a variety of academic backgrounds practical experience in the foreign-policymaking field through placement at a U.S. government agency, in Congress, or with an international organization. 

The fellowship is geared toward professors who propose to work on peace and security issues and who have limited experience working at a U.S. government agency, in Congress, or at an international organization. It helps close the gap between research and practice on peace and security as well as enrich the teaching and scholarship of tenured academics by enabling selected fellows to become practitioners. The program also benefits policymakers by exposing them to critical scholarly research relevant to the foreign policy and national security issues facing the United States and the world.

Fellowship Award

The fellowship is for twelve months. Selected fellows will begin their one-year fellowship between June and September 2021.

Fellows must arrange a paid sabbatical with their home universities. The program will match 50 percent of the fellow’s base salary for the academic year at their university (up to a maximum of $80,000 for the year) as well as provide modest assistance for moving expenses for those who need to relocate for the fellowship. Fellows are considered independent contractors rather than employees of CFR and are not eligible for employment benefits, including health insurance. No indirect costs can be deducted from the stipend award.

For those seeking to spend the fellowship year in the U.S. government, CFR will work with the fellow to identify a U.S. government agency willing to serve as a host. The placement is made at the discretion of the host agency. Placement at some U.S. government agencies may be contingent on the fellow’s successfully obtaining a security clearance, which is granted solely by the U.S. government.


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants must be full-time tenured professors at a U.S. college or university whose research and teaching focuses on international relations or U.S. foreign policy.
  • Applicants must have arranged a paid sabbatical with their home university.
  • Applicants must hold a PhD.
  • Applicants must propose to spend a year working on peace and security issues in the U.S. government or at an international organization.
  • Strong preference is given to candidates with no significant previous work experience in the U.S. government or at an international organization.


Interested candidates who meet the program’s eligibility requirements can apply online between April and October 31.

Click here to apply.

For more information, visit International Affairs Fellowship.

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