Fellowship in Advanced Cyber Studies
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Fellowship in Advanced Cyber Studies is an opportunity for distinguished professionals to sharpen their analytical capabilities and deepen their technical and policy skills for cyber issues. The program will bring together researchers and practitioners poised to become future leaders in government, industry, and academia to participate in an interdisciplinary program focused on developing policy formation, negotiation, and technical knowledge to make smart policy decisions on cyber issues.
The CSIS Fellowship in Advanced Cyber Studies is a twelve-month program. Approximately 20 fellows will be accepted. The program will build on fellows’ foundational understanding of cyber policy, technology, diplomacy, and business issues and will advance their capabilities to manage complex cyber policy issues. The program will provide access to senior leaders and experts in government, industry, and academia. Selected fellows will join an enduring network of strategists focused on cyber-issues.
This is a non-resident fellowship program. Throughout the duration of the fellowship, there will be at least four two-day conferences held in DC, Silicon Valley, and NYC. Conference travel and lodging will be fully funded. Fellows will also receive a per diem to cover incidental expenses.
Fellows will participate in expert briefings, strategy development seminars, negotiations workshops, and crisis management simulations; attend site visits at research and threat operations centers; and contribute to CSIS and external publications.
The Fellowship is designed for mid-career individuals with demonstrated experience working on policy, technology, diplomacy, and business issues. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate proficiency in at least two of these areas. An interest in cyber policy, keen analytic ability, and leadership potential are qualities that will be weighed heavily during the selection process. Competitive applicants will hold an advanced degree and a strong record of professional achievement. CSIS welcomes applicants from technical, policy, and academic communities and from broad range of professional, academic, and personal backgrounds. In order to take full advantage of the program, only U.S. citizens and permanent residents eligible to work in the United States can be considered.
Candidates will be evaluated based on interviews, reference letters, and an original research proposal for consideration. A panel composed of CSIS and other recognized cyber experts will oversee the selection process.
Timeline and Conference Schedule
- Candidate Interviews: January 2017
- Candidate Selection: February 2017
- Kickoff Conference (D.C.): March 2017
- Conference 2 (Silicon Valley): June 2017
- Conference 3 (New York): September 2017
- Closing Conference (D.C.): December 2017
Fellows will be required to undertake a term-long research project and must submit a short description (no more than one page) of their proposed topic as part of their application. Research proposals will be evaluated carefully during the fellowship selection process and considered on the merits of the contribution to existing scholarship on the topic, feasibility, and originality of thought. The proposal should include clear objectives and methodology.
Fellows will have the opportunity to leverage CSIS’ network of experts to complete their project, and will receive feedback and be evaluated on their progress throughout the program. An anthology of the Fellows’ research projects will be published by CSIS at the end of the term.
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit research center based in Washington D.C. Its goal is to advance the public interest by helping global leaders think strategically and make better decisions about difficult challenges facing the United States and the international community. Since beginning its work 50 years ago, CSIS has become a central part of Washington policymaking. Our experts have extensive networks and wide-ranging experience, which translates into an unrivaled track record for affecting policy. CSIS has broad convening power in both the public and private sectors, enabling us to work with leaders in governments, corporations, media, and academia around the world as an honest broker. CSIS’s 220 full-time staff, and its network of affiliated scholars have years of experience in government, the private sector, and in interactions with foreign counterparts, and this ensures that it delivers relevant, practical, and effective analysis of global policy issues.
Updates and Contacts
For additional information on the Fellowship please contact Denise Zheng (202.775.3159 | firstname.lastname@example.org) and Alvaro Genie (202.775.3175 | email@example.com).