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Fellowships and Awards

To foster academic achievement, facilitate primary-source research, and encourage opportunities to explore policymaking, the center provides fellowships and awards at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate level.

Undergraduate Opportunities

As part of its mission to advance academic excellence at Johns Hopkins University and help bridge the divide between scholarly research and policymaking, the center is pleased to offer three funding opportunities to undergraduate students.

The Kissinger Center's Strategy Research and Internship Fund offers grants for undergraduates who wish to enter the policy world by completing an unpaid internship in the realm of U.S. foreign policy or international affairs OR develop their knowledge of U.S. foreign policy by undertaking independent or guided research projects.

To apply, please submit a statement of interest of no more than one page, including details of your internship offer. Applications are due by April 15, 2020 and should be submitted to KissingerCenter@jhu.edu.

The Kissinger Center’s U.S. Foreign Policy Essay Prize is given to one Johns Hopkins University undergraduate each year. The prize rewards the best paper written on U.S. foreign policy and America's role in the world, broadly defined. Papers will be evaluated on their originality, the quality of analysis, clarity of exposition, and the significance of their conclusions/recommendations. The winning submission will also be published in the Johns Hopkins University Foreign Affairs Review.

Papers must have been submitted for credit as part of a course taken in the prior academic year, and may include both research papers and policy memoranda. Submissions for the essay prize must be submitted by May 10, 2020 and should be submitted to KissingerCenter@jhu.edu.

The Kissinger Fellows Program will provide funding to support Johns Hopkins University undergraduate students who enroll in the Summer Academy at SAIS. The Summer Academy is a four-week course for high-performing undergraduates that integrates seminars, simulations, exercises, site visits, and film to make the most of what Washington DC has to offer. The Center will also consider funding graduating seniors who enroll in the Summer Academy the summer following graduation.
 
The 2020 course, The Essentials of Statecraft, Strategy, and U.S. National Security, will explore how policymakers understand threats to U.S. national security, what instruments of statecraft are available to address these threats, and how are these instruments used effectively as part of a broader national security strategy. It will empower students with the skills necessary to become sophisticated consumers and analysts of national security scholarship and policy.

JHU students will apply for both the Summer Academy and the Kissinger Fellows Program via the Office of Study Abroad. Scholarship applications are due March 2, 2020.

Graduate Opportunities 

To encourage primary-source research at SAIS and help bridge the divide between the worlds of scholarly research and policy-making, the center offers three opportunities to current SAIS graduate students.

Summer internships provide critical practical experience, skills, and networking opportunities – whether students plan to enter a career in public service or pursue further academic training with a focus on policy-relevant research. The Kissinger Center will provide up to three summer fellowships of $5,000 each to exceptional SAIS students pursuing internships where they will make a substantive contribution to policy formulation or conduct original research on a significant contemporary policy problem in international affairs. Applications should include a one page statement of interest, a CV, and a writing sample, and should be sent to KissingerCenter@jhu.edu no later than May 1, 2020. Preference will be given to SAIS students enrolled in the yearlong Kissinger Seminar on History, Strategy, and American Statecraft (SA.200.738).

The Kissinger Center will award an annual prize of $2,500 to a current SAIS student in any concentration for the best paper in history, geo-strategy, and statecraft. Papers will be evaluated on their originality, the quality of analysis, clarity of exposition, and the significance of their conclusions/recommendations. Papers must have been submitted for credit to a course at SAIS in the current academic year and may include both research papers and policy memoranda. Submissions should be sent to KissingerCenter@jhu.edu, with the subject line “Kissinger Essay Prize” and a cover email identifying the course to which the paper was originally submitted.  The deadline is May 1, 2020 and the prize will be announced by the end of May. 

 

Rigorous scholarly research has an important role to play in informing public debate and policy-making on key challenges in international affairs. In order to enhance current SAIS PhD students' ability to conduct primary-source research and participate in academic conferences and other scholarly fora, the Kissinger Center will offer several new grants of up to $2,500 to support research and travel on topics at the intersection of history, geo-strategy, and statecraft. Applicants should follow the normal procedure to request PhD research and travel funding and indicate in their cover letter that they would like to be considered for a Kissinger grant. The deadline is May 1, 2020 and the prize will be announced by the end of May. 

Fellowships

The center offers a select number of pre- and post-doctoral fellowships each academic year.

Description

The Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC is accepting applications for one to two Pre-Doctoral Fellowships for Academic Year 2020/2021.

About the Opening

In 2018, Johns Hopkins SAIS partnered with a team of scholar-practitioners from Duke University and University of Texas-Austin to launch the America in the World consortium. That consortium aims to prepare the next generation to confront geopolitical challenges and understand American national interests abroad. The fellow will be expected, in addition to pursuing his or her own research and writing, to contribute to the intellectual life of the consortium and participate in its programming.

The successful candidate is expected to be in residence and will be offered a competitive stipend and use of office space in the Kissinger Center in Washington, DC. They will also have access to Johns Hopkins University’s libraries and facilities. The fellow will begin their one-year position in July 2020.

About the Center

Established in 2016, the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs (HKC) is home to distinguished faculty of scholars and practitioners working to address some of today’s most complex global challenges. Through innovative curricula, research, and programs, the center aims to revitalize scholarship in international, diplomatic, and military history. The center examines the changing global order through a renewed focus on geostrategy, great power politics, and war and peace.

About Johns Hopkins SAIS

Johns Hopkins SAIS is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today’s critical issues. For 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, DC. The school’s interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies; the goal of study at Johns Hopkins SAIS is to prepare students to address the multifaceted policy challenges in the world today.

Qualifications

We are especially interested in receiving applications from those who are interested in research and writing about American grand strategy and foreign policy, broadly defined. We encourage candidates who are pursuing a PhD in history and political science to apply, though applications from other disciplines are welcome. Applications from women and minority candidates are especially encouraged.

Application Instructions

All applications should include:
  • A letter of application;
  • A curriculum vitae (with references);
  • Article or writing sample on American grand strategy, broadly defined.
Applications are due by Sunday, February 16, 2020. Decisions will be announced in March 2020. This position is contingent on the availability of funding. Please contact KissingerCenter@jhu.edu if you have any questions.

Applications should be submitted using the following link: https://apply.interfolio.com/72493


Description

The Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC is accepting applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Academic Year 2020/2021.

About the Opening

In 2018, Johns Hopkins SAIS partnered with a team of scholar-practitioners from Duke University and University of Texas-Austin to launch the America in the World consortium. That consortium aims to prepare the next generation to confront geopolitical challenges and understand American national interests abroad. The fellow will be expected, in addition to pursuing his or her own research and writing, to contribute to the intellectual life of the consortium and participate in its programming.

The successful candidate is expected to be in residence and will be offered a competitive stipend and use of office space in the Kissinger Center in Washington, DC. They will also have access to Johns Hopkins University’s libraries and facilities. The fellow will begin their one-year position in July 2020.

About the Center 

Established in 2016, the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs (HKC) is home to distinguished faculty of scholars and practitioners working to address some of today’s most complex global challenges. Through innovative curricula, research, and programs, the center aims to revitalize scholarship in international, diplomatic, and military history.  The center examines the changing global order through a renewed focus on geostrategy, great power politics, and war and peace. 

About SAIS

SAIS is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today’s critical issues. For 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, DC. The school’s interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies; the goal of study at SAIS is to prepare students to address the multifaceted policy challenges in the world today.

Qualifications

We are especially interested in receiving applications from those who are interested in research and writing about American grand strategy and foreign policy, broadly defined. We encourage candidates with PhDs in history and political science to apply, though applications from other disciplines are welcome. Applications from women and minority candidates are especially encouraged.

Application Instructions

All applications should include:
  • A letter of application;
  • A curriculum vitae (with references);
  • Article or writing sample on American grand strategy, broadly defined.
Applications are due by Sunday, February 16, 2020. Decisions will be announced in March 2020. This position is contingent on the availability of funding. Please contact KissingerCenter@jhu.edu if you have any questions.

Applications should be submitted using the following link: https://apply.interfolio.com/72531


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