Call for Applications: Fellowship for Reducing Nuclear Weapons Risks

The Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) is a non-profit organization that is committed to developing achievable nuclear weapons risk reduction measures and to mentoring potential future leaders in this field of work. 

Toward these goals, CSR is establishing the Fellowship for Reducing Nuclear Weapons Risks. Through this six-month program, early-career professionals will work with leading experts from CSR’s team and network to develop a better understanding of practical risk reduction concepts and generate new ideas regarding:

  • Nuclear strategic stability
  • Strengthening norms against nuclear weapons threats and use
  • Avoiding miscalculations and preventing accidents/incidents
  • Preventing and addressing proliferation
  • Responsibilities of nuclear weapons-capable states

These efforts will be grounded in CSR’s strategic vision to reduce risk by strengthening strategic stability, advancing measures of restraint and responsibility, and decreasing the reliance on these weapons over time. 

Through mentorship and exchanges of ideas with key leaders in the field, the CSR team will facilitate the Fellows in exploring wide-ranging ideas to achieve this risk reduction. The Fellowship will help develop participants as future thought leaders and problem-solvers who are prepared to make a difference on a global scale.  

Fellows will participate in monthly research, meetings with nuclear weapons experts, and a scenario exercise. Activities will also include an experiential learning trip focused on the technical side of the nuclear weapons enterprise.  

Eligibility: This early-career track Fellowship is open to applicants who have a significant interest in addressing nuclear weapons issues. Fellows must be citizens of the United States, Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.

Location & Travel: Aside from the experiential learning trip, monthly meetings will be held remotely. Fellows may work from any geographic location with strong Internet access for conducting video conferences. Fellows must commit to attending all sessions. Travel costs within the United States for the Fellowship trip will be covered by CSR. 

Duration: The Fellowship duration is six months, beginning January 1, 2023.

Requirements and Benefits: The Fellowship activities will require approximately 15-20 hours per month, including 2-hour monthly meetings. The Fellowship trip will require 1-2 full days plus travel time. Some of this time may be during normal work hours. Each Fellow will receive an honorarium of USD $500 per month.

Application Instructions: All applicants should complete the application form and upload a resume, cover letter, and writing sample under 500 words. In your cover letter, please suggest two individuals who we may contact for recommendations. CSR will conduct telephone interviews with a small number of applicants in finalizing the selection of Fellows. 

Applications are due by 5:00pm ET on November 21, 2022.

About the Council on Strategic Risks:

The Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) is a nonprofit, non-partisan security policy institute devoted to anticipating, analyzing, and addressing core systemic risks to security in the 21st Century, with special examination of the ways in which these risks intersect and exacerbate one another. Its team members, advisors, and Board have experience in some of the highest U.S. government leadership positions concerning nuclear weapons and policy. They hold deep ties to the nuclear weapons enterprise and have extensive global networks. This Fellowship is made possible by the generous support of Longview Philanthropy.

Project Leads:

Christine Parthemore
Chief Executive Officer
Council on Strategic Risks

Andy Weber
Senior Fellow
Council on Strategic Risks

John Moulton
Senior Fellow
Council on Strategic Risks


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