Application Deadline: October 31st 2018
Established in 1967, the International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) is the hallmark fellowship program of CFR. It aims to bridge the gap between the study and making of U.S. foreign policy by creating the next generation of scholar-practitioners. The program offers its fellows the unique chance to experience a new field and gain a different perspective at a pivotal moment in their careers. Academics are thus placed in public service and policy-oriented settings, while government officials are placed in scholarly settings. Over the years, the IAF program has produced approximately six hundred alumni that span the who’s who of the U.S. foreign policy community, including a former secretary and several undersecretaries of state, U.S. ambassadors to NATO and the United Nations, and many other influential leaders in government, academia, and the private sector.
- 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
The duration of the fellowship is twelve months, preferably beginning in September. The program awards a stipend of $100,000. Fellows are considered independent contractors rather than employees of CFR, and are not eligible for employment benefits, including health insurance.
How to Apply
Interested candidates who meet the program’s eligibility requirements can apply online between July 1 and October 31 on an annual basis.
Selection as an IAF is based on a combination of the following criteria:
- Scholarly qualifications
- Professional experience
- Firm grounding in foreign policy
- An application proposal that focuses on solutions to identified problems in U.S. foreign policy
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