Established in 1967, the International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) program of the Council on Foreign Relations aims to bridge the gap between the study and making of U.S. foreign policy by fostering the next generation of scholar-practitioners.
Through the program, a twelve-month fellowship and $100,000 in support of planned research will be awarded to as many as ten mid-career professionals who have a demonstrated commitment to a career in foreign policy. The program offers participants a unique chance to experience a new field and gain a new perspective, as academics are placed in public service and policy-oriented settings and government officials are placed in scholarly settings. The program welcomes applicants from a broad range of professional, academic, and personal backgrounds. Although a PhD is not a requirement, selected fellows generally hold an advanced degree and possess a strong record of work experience as well as a firm grounding in the field of foreign policy.
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 and is contingent on the fellow's successfully obtaining a security clearance, which is granted solely by the U.S. government. For those seeking to spend the fellowship year at an international organization or an academic institution, CFR will work with the fellow to identify an organization willing to serve as a host. The placement is made at the discretion of the host organization. A security clearance may not be required.
To be eligible, candidates must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States who is eligible to work in the country.
See the Council on Foreign Relations website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and a list of past fellows.