Brzezinski Post-Doctoral Fellowship - Foreign Policy Institute



The Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is pleased to announce two postdoctoral opportunities for outstanding scholars to conduct research under the auspices of its Foreign Policy Institute. During the academic year 2021-2022 two post-doctoral fellowships will be awarded for a twelve-month period from September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022.

A division of Johns Hopkins University, SAIS is a global institution that provides interdisciplinary professional education to prepare a diverse student body for internationally related positions of responsibility; to foster research, scholarship and cross-cultural exchange; and to contribute knowledge, expertise, and leadership to the global community.

The SAIS Foreign Policy Institute (FPI) unites the worlds of scholarship and policy in the search for realistic answers to international issues facing the United States and the world. To this end, it organizes research initiatives and study groups, and hosts leaders from around the world as resident or non-resident fellows in fields including international policy, business, journalism, and academia.

To recognize Dr. Brzezinski’s legacy, Johns Hopkins SAIS and its Foreign Policy Institute have established The Brzezinski Initiative, a unique set of academic programs that build on the school’s strengths as a leading center for training graduate students in international policy and relevant academic research. This recognition comprises both immediate programming and longer-term plans, which together will equip a new generation of policy experts capable of the authoritative analysis, strategic vision, and active diplomacy that were hallmarks of Dr. Brzezinski’s role as a scholar, policy advisor, and statesman.

The inaugural Brzezinski Postdoctoral Fellowships enables two exceptionally promising scholars working in the field of American foreign policy or foreign and international security policy to spend a year affiliated with the SAIS Foreign Policy Institute. Fellows are expected to contribute to the intellectual life of FPI and SAIS more broadly.

Brzezinski Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Brzezinski Postdoctoral Fellowship in American Foreign Policy

Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski taught American Foreign Policy at SAIS from 1989 to 1998 and sustained his intellectual contribution to the life of the School as a senior fellow at FPI until his passing. Thanks to the generosity of SAIS alumni, this postdoctoral fellowship recognizes his critical contribution to intellectually significant, policy relevant research in the area of American Foreign Policy.

Selected post-doctoral fellows should be within seven years of having completed their doctorate at the time they submit their application and will be expected to be at the stage when they are preparing their dissertation for publication as a book. The Brzezinski Postdoctoral Fellow in American Foreign Policy will receive an annual stipend of $62,000 and $4,000 in research funding during the appointment (budget submissions required to account for funds). Fellowship recipients are eligible for Johns Hopkins University health benefits.

The Brzezinski Postdoctoral Fellowship in Foreign and Security Policy honors the legacy of Dr. Brzezinski’s farsighted analysis of trends shaping the international policy environment. Selected post-doctoral fellows should be within seven years of having completed their doctorate at the time they submit their application and will be expected to be at the stage when they are preparing their dissertation for publication as a book.

The Brzezinski Postdoctoral Fellow in American Foreign Policy will receive an annual stipend of $62,000 and $4,000 in research funding during the appointment (budget submissions required to account for funds). Fellowship recipients are eligible for Johns Hopkins University health benefits.

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To qualify for consideration, candidates must have completed all requirements of their doctoral degree no earlier than March 15, 2014 and no later than March 12, 2021. If a successful applicant has not earned a Ph.D. at the time of application, the applicant’s advisers must submit a formal letter confirming that the applicant has completed all the requirements for the Ph.D. by May 21, 2021.

· Fellows must be prepared to devote themselves full-time to their research during the period of their fellowship and therefore must agree they will not hold other employment during their fellowship.

  • The deadline to submit applications is 11:59p.m. (EST) Monday, March 15, 2021.
  • Applications must be submitted via Interfolio.
  • Candidates may not apply for both fellowships.
  • Required application documents: A one-page cover letter describing your interest in the selected fellowship, your background, a brief description of your research project, and what you will accomplish during the period of your postdoctoral fellowship; a current CV; two examples of your scholarly writing; graduate-level transcripts (unofficial are acceptable); two letters of reference; other relevant documents, such as evidence of English proficiency.


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