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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 should be submitted to KissingerCenter@jhu.edu. The 2020 application cycle is currently closed.  

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 to KissingerCenter@jhu.edu. The 2020 application cycle is currently closed.  

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. The 2020 application cycle is currently closed.  

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 up to $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. Preference will be given to SAIS students enrolled in the yearlong Kissinger Seminar on History, Strategy, and American Statecraft (SA.200.738). The 2020 application cycle is currently closed.  


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 2020 application cycle is currently closed.  

 

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 2020 application cycle is currently closed.  

Junior Scholar Opportunities

The center offers a series of programs, projects and prizes to early career scholars inside and outside the Johns Hopkins community including PhD students, advanced graduate students, tenure track faculty and think tank fellows.

Call for Papers: The Janne Nolan Prize for Best Article on National Security/International Affairs

About the Competition:

As part of the 2020 Future Strategy Forum, the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, in cooperation with CSIS and the Texas National Security Review, will offer prizes to the best new scholarship from early career scholars in national and international security.  Up to three articles – a first prize ($5,000) and two honorable mentions ($2,500) – will be selected. 

In addition, each draft manuscript will be eligible to be workshopped by a group of five senior scholars: Frank Gavin, Kath Hicks, Keren Yarhi-Milo, Jim Steinberg, and a scholar/policymaker selected from a list presented by the winner.  The articles will be selected by the Kissinger Center, in consultation with the senior scholars, select members of the FSF junior scholar committee, and the editorial staff of TNSR. 
 
Each winning scholar will be required to submit their essay first to the Texas National Security Review; although publication will be dependent upon double blind peer review, the process will be expedited. 

Eligibility:

Any early career scholar – from advanced graduate student to tenure track faculty to think tank fellow – is eligible to submit, though special preference will be given to participants in the Future Strategy Forum, as well as scholars who have participated in the Kissinger Center’s International Policy Scholars Consortium and Network (IPSCON).  Our competition is committed to diversity and inclusion and we especially encourage submissions from underrepresented communities.

Submissions Process:

Manuscripts will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting October 1, 2020.  Winners will be announced in December. Submissions, in addition to a CV, should be sent to SAISHKCEssayPrize@jhu.edu with “JANNE NOLAN PRIZE COMPETITION SUBMISSION” in the subject line.

America in the World Consortium (AWC) Article Prizes

The America in the World Consortium is pleased to announce that it is offering prizes for the best scholarly and policy articles on U.S. foreign policy and grand strategy written in the past year by pre-tenure scholars (graduate students and junior faculty). Individuals from all institutions are encouraged to apply.

About AWC

In 2018, a team of scholar-practitioners from Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Texas-Austin, and Columbia University launched a consortium to better prepare the next generation of scholar-practitioners to confront geopolitical challenges and advance U.S. national interests abroad. The consortium involves activities at all levels of university education, from the undergraduate level to post-doctoral programs.

Paper Awards

As part of this effort, the Consortium will offer two prizes for articles on issues in American foreign policy and grand strategy:

  • Best Research Article on U.S. Foreign Policy and Grand Strategy - $3,500 (Runner-up - $1,500)

  • Best Policy Article on U.S Foreign Policy and Grand Strategy - $3,500 (Runner-up - $1,500

Scope

Research articles must have appeared in a peer-reviewed journal. Policy articles are defined as substantial works of analysis, addressing a major issue in American foreign policy and grand strategy, that have appeared in reasonably accessible policy-focused publications. These articles need not be peer-reviewed, but they should be based on significant research and systematic analysis. No op-eds.

Eligibility 

The Consortium encourages submissions by graduate students and untenured faculty. To be eligible for the contest, articles must have been published, either in print or in digital form, between January 1, 2019  and June 1, 2020. Articles with two or more authors are eligible, so long as all authors meet the eligibility criteria. Articles must be submitted on or before the deadline and must focus on a topic in the broad remit of the scope outlined above to be eligible.

Applications/Nominations

Authors are encouraged to submit their own work. Scholars may also nominate articles written by other scholars. To apply, please submit: a) a PDF copy of the article being nominated; and b) a CV of the author(s). 

Deadline

Submissions due June, 20, 2020 to KissingerCenter@jhu.edu. You may contact Megan Ophel mophel1@jhu.edu with questions regarding this opportunity. 
 
A PDF of this announcement is available here

International Policy Scholars Consortium and Network (IPSCON)

The Kissinger Center is pleased to host the International Policy Scholars Consortium and Network (IPSCON), a multi-year initiative funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York for PhD students approaching the dissertation phase of their PhD.

At the core of the many “bridging the gap” efforts over the past several years is the conviction that foreign policymaking in the United States and elsewhere is seriously compromised by the disconnect between the academy and the world of practice. The challenge is especially acute in doctoral programs in history, political science, and related disciplines. Many students begin their studies with a strong interest in policy and a significant number look to have a policy dimension to their subsequent careers. Yet few schools are able to give those students the coursework and mentoring they need to perform at a high-level in senior policy roles, or to address their research to the real-world problems policymakers confront.
 
IPSCON connects graduate students interested in conducting scholarly research on key policy questions, working directly in policymaking roles, or both. These aims are rarely celebrated in traditional programs, which tend to bifurcate into two distinct tracks – a professional masters degree program and an academic PhD program. IPSCON junior scholars are typically PhD students nominated by one of the consortium institutions. By linking junior scholars to senior faculty from across the network, IPSCON’s unique consortium model draws on the diverse strengths of its constituent institutions, while cultivating a robust network of scholars with a shared interest in international affairs and policy. Key activities for junior scholars include the Minnowbrook retreat, virtual seminars, and the DC Policy Workshop.

Learn more about IPSCON here.

Interested graduate students, please submit your CV, with a statement of interest explaining why you would like to participate in this program to IPSCON_SAIS@jhu.edu.  The current recruitment cycle is closed.  Please revisit this page in the fall of 2020 to learn about our application process and deadline.

Nuclear Studies Research Initiative (NSRI) 

NSRI was established to support and expand a renaissance in nuclear studies by creating a platform for intellectual exchange, cross-fertilization, and mentorship. 

The initiative actively promotes work that transcends both national and disciplinary boundaries and seeks to contribute to addressing core policy challenges.
Through its workshops and collaborations, the project has been highly effective in improving academic scholarship on nuclear questions; the majority of original research presented at NSRI events has been published in top peer-reviewed journals. NSRI has facilitated unique connections between scholars across fields which have led to fruitful research collaborations and increased participation of younger academics in policy debates. 
 
You can learn more about NSRI here
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Please check back for updates on calls for papers for NSRI workshops and conferences.

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.
This position is contingent on the availability of funding. Please contact KissingerCenter@jhu.edu if you have any questions. 

The 2020 application cycle is currently closed. 

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.
This position is contingent on the availability of funding. Please contact KissingerCenter@jhu.edu if you have any questions.

The 2020 application cycle is currently closed. 

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


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