The 2012-2013 Jennings Randolph (JR) Senior Fellowship is now open for applications. The fellowship provides scholars, policy analysts, policy makers, journalists, and other experts with opportunities to spend time in residence at the Institute, reflecting and writing on pressing international peace and security challenges. Senior Fellowships usually last for ten months, starting in October, but shorter-term fellowships are also available.  Fellowships are open to citizens of any country.
Eligible Candidates
Citizens of any country may apply.  Non-U.S. Citizens without permanent resident status must obtain a J-1 exchange visitor visa to participate in the Fellowship Program
The following examples suggest the range of eligible candidates:

  • Government and Nongovernment Practitioners in international security, peacebuilding, and public affairs, such as diplomats, negotiators, mediators, government policymakers and administrators, military officials, officials and professional staff of international organizations, international lawyers, community leaders, businesspersons, labor leaders, clergy, and leaders in health and humanitarian affairs;
  • Scholars and Researchers, such as college and university professors, policy analysts in governmental or nongovernment research organizations, and independent consultants and writers;
  • Media and Communications Specialists such as journalists, editors, and producers in print, television, radio, and other communications media.

Selection Process
Senior Fellow applications are vetted through a rigorous, multi-stage review that includes consideration by independent experts and professional staff at the Institute.  The final authority for decisions regarding Senior Fellowship awards rests with the Institute’s Board of Directors.
Selection Criteria
Selection of Senior Fellows is based on the following criteria:

  • Project Significance. Does this project tackle an important topic of relevance to the USIP mandate and the field of international peace, conflict and security studies?
  • Project Design. Is the project soundly conceived?  Does it identify a key problem to be analyzed and does it have a clear methodology?
  • Implementation.  Can the project be completed according to the proposed design, timetable, and budget?  What is the likelihood of the completion of a publishable book or report during or soon after the fellowship period?
  • Track Record and Reputation. Does the candidate have a good track record and reputation for finishing projects on time?  What is the candidate’s standing in the field?
  • Potential as a Fellow. What is the applicant’s potential for participating in the Institute’s collegial life and outreach efforts?

Fellowship Activities

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  • Fellows contribute to the collegial life of the Institute by presenting their work and participating in workshops, conferences, and other events.  The Institute relies on Senior Fellows to provide in-house expertise via the media and other public forums

Fellowship Products
In keeping with its legislative mandate to support “scholarly inquiry and other appropriate forms of communication,” the Jennings Randolph Program invites proposals that would produce Institute publications.  The editorial staff of the Institute works closely with Fellows to develope manuscripts for consideration by the Institute Press or for publication as Institute reports.  Fellowship products may include the following:

  • Books or monographs published by USIP Press;
  • Peaceworks reports or Special reports published by the Institute;
  • Articles for professional or academic journals;
  • Op-eds and articles for newspapers or magazines;
  • Demonstrations or simulations;
  • Teaching curricula;
  • Lectures, workshops, seminars, symposia, or other public speaking.

Terms of Award

  • The program attempts to match the recipient’s earned income during the year preceding the fellowships, up to a maximum of $100,000 for 10 months.
  • In certain cases and budget permitting, the Institute will provide coverage of 80% of health premiums for the Fellow and his/her eligible dependents, with a cap of $500 per month.
  • In certain cases and budget permitting, the Institute will also cover travel to and from Washington, D.C., for Fellows and their dependents.
  • The Institute is neither able to provide housing in Washington D.C. nor to help Fellows find housing.
  • Each Fellow is provided with part-time research assistance during his/her fellowship.
  • The Institute will also cover travel to and from Washington, D.C., for Fellows and their dependents.
  • Fellows are expected to be at the Institute and participate in the daily life of the Institute.
  • Fellows are expected to devote full attention to their fellowship work in order to complete their projects within the period of residency.
  • The Institute generally requires first right of review for manuscripts produced as a result of fellowship support.
  • An Institute fellowship may not be deferred or combined with any other major award.

Duration of Fellowship
Fellowships are usually awarded for 9-10 months beginning in October. Shorter-term residencies are also available.
Application deadline for 2013-2014 Jennings Randolph fellowship: September 10, 2012
For more information, and to apply, click here.