The fellowship is a visiting position for early and mid-career researchers that the Centre for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University, has established in honour of William J. Perry, the 19th U.S. secretary of defence and former CISAC co-director.
Perry fellows reside at CISAC for a year of policy-relevant research on international security issues. They join other distinguished scientists, social scientists, and engineers who work together on security problems that cannot be solved within any single field of study. CISAC researchers address overlapping issues in nuclear weapons policy and nuclear proliferation; regional tensions; biosecurity; homeland security; and effective global engagement.
Perry Fellows spend the academic year at Stanford University, where they are expected to produce a publishable manuscript based on their research. They also have the opportunity to participate in seminars and to interact with faculty, researchers and other fellows.
Selection Criteria
The William J. Perry Fellowships selection committee, chaired by CISAC co-director Siegfried Hecker, invites applicants with a record of outstanding work in natural science, engineering or mathematics, and who are genuinely interested in and dedicated to solving international security problems, to apply for a Perry Fellowship. The selection committee welcomes applicants from academia, the public and private sectors, national laboratories and the military, either from the United States or abroad.
Stipends for candidates in the William J. Perry Fellowship will be awarded on a case-by-case basis and commensurate with experience. Health care and other benefits are also provided.
How to Apply
Submission of a formal application is required for all individuals who wish to be in residence as visiting fellows, whether they need funding or have independent support.
All application materials, including recommendations, must be in English. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all materials, including letters of reference, are submitted by the deadline. Please do not submit supplemental materials such as books, lengthy manuscripts, or more than the required number of recommendations.
Please note that recommenders may upload their letters prior to the applicant’s official submission of his/her application. It is much preferred that your recommenders upload their letters through the online system but if that is simply not possible recommenders may email their letters of recommendation to [email protected]
Online submission of application will include:

  • Completed online application form
  • Resume/CV
  • Graduate school transcript (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.  All pre and postdoctoral applicants must include a transcript. Junior faculty and professionals may include a transcript, but are not required to do so.)
  • Research project prospectus or Description of dissertation (1500 word max.)
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation (and no more than three, please) (To be submitted online directly by the recommender.)

For more information about fellowships please contact:
CISAC Fellowship Program
Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Encina Hall, C206-7
616 Serra St
Stanford University
Stanford CA 94305-6165
Phone: (650) 725-9132
Email: [email protected]
Deadline: February 1, 2012.
For more information, and to apply, click here.