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Sara Plana Speaking at the FSF Conference with Rachel Tecott

Graduate Student Cohort

FSF provides vertical and horizontal mentorship and professional development opportunities for PhD students. Each year, FSF offers a small stipend to select PhD students of all genders from around the United States to attend our conference in Washington, D.C., based on a competitive application process. These FSF Graduate fellows benefit from:

  • A stipend to attend the in-person conference in Washington, D.C.
  • Opportunity to attend graduate student sessions with scholars, and practitioners, highlighting both the substantive expertise and professional advice of panelists.
  • Preference for publication opportunities, including our Op-Ed series.
  • Network-building with other PhD students committed to rigorous scholarship and policy relevance in international security.
FSF Dinner with Graduate Student Fellows

Dinner with Graduate Student Fellows


Our graduate student sessions offer a chance to meet established and early-career scholars and practitioners in an informal and constructive setting. Each session focuses on a substantive area of focus for the conference, but reserves time for career and professional advice.

How to Apply

If you are a current PhD student in a field related to international security, you are eligible to become an FSF fellow. We release applications in February, with final decisions in March. Interested applicants should check this page or sign up for our newsletter to get notified that applications have opened. 

FSF Graduate Fellows

2020 FSF Graduate Student Cohort

  • Abby Fanlo, PhD Candidate, Stanford University
  • Autumn Perkey, PhD Student, The University of Maryland
  • Ayse Deniz Lokmanoglu, PhD Candidate, Georgia State University
  • Caitlin McCulloch, PhD Candidate, The University of Maryland
  • Dakota Foster, JD Candidate, Stanford University
  • Diana Wueger, PhD Candidate, University of Chicago
  • Dora Hu, PhD Student, UC San Diego
  • Emily Przyborowski, MA Student, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
  • Fola Aina, PhD Student, King’s College London
  • Jamie Kwong, PhD Student, King’s College London
  • Jayme Schlesinger, PhD Candidate, Rutgers University
  • John R. Emery, Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow, Stanford University (CISAC)
  • Kendrick Kuo, PhD Candidate, George Washington University
  • Leore Ben-Chorin, PhD Candidate, George Washington University
  • Nandita Balakrishnan, PhD Candidate, Stanford University
  • Naomi Egel, PhD Candidate, Cornell University
  • Nina Miller, PhD Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Rebecca Lucas, PhD Candidate, King’s College London
  • Ryan Dukeman, PhD Student, Princeton University
  • Sanne Verschuren, PhD Candidate, Brown University
  • Sylvia Mishra, PhD Student, King’s College of London
  • Viola Rothschild, PhD Student, Duke University
  • Whitney Grespin, PhD Student, King’s College London

FSF Graduate Student Cohort: 2019

  • Alexandra Evans, Associate Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation
  • Alexandra Stark, Senior Researcher, New America
  • Andres Gannon, PhD Candidate at UC San Diego, Department of Political Science
  • Andy Halterman, PhD Candidate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Political Science
  • Angely Martinez, PhD Candidate and NNSA Graduate Fellow, Syracuse University and Pacific Northwest National Lab
  • Audrye Wong, Grand Strategy, Security, and Statecraft Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School/MIT
  • Cassandra Emmons, Postdoctoral Fellow, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University
  • Laura White, PhD candidate in the Politics Department at the University of Virginia
  • Lindsay Hundley, Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation
  • Lydia Sizer, PhD Candidate, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
  • Minseon Ku, PhD Student at Ohio State University, Political Science