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The Project on Managing the Atom at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs offers fellowships for pre- and post-doctoral scholars, and mid-career professionals, during the 2020-2021 academic year. Post-doctoral scholars and junior faculty members may also apply for Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowships at the Belfer Center. The online application for 2020-2021 fellowships opens on December 18, and the application deadline is January 15, 2020. All recommendation letters will be due on February 3, 2020. Decisions will be announced by March 30, 2020.

Fellows are expected to pursue research with a nuclear policy focus that relates to the ongoing work of the MTA project. Priority will be given to applicants pursuing research on: reducing the risk of nuclear or radiological terrorism; stopping the spread of nuclear weapons; reducing the dangers of existing nuclear stockpiles through arms control or other means; and lowering safety, security, proliferation, and other risks associated with the growth of civilian nuclear power. Researchers working on any of the above issues in a regional context are particularly encouraged to apply. Also encouraged are proposals examining steps that lay the foundations for the long-term prohibition of nuclear arsenals or steps that improve verification of nonproliferation or disarmament.

  • To learn more about the Managing the Atom Fellowships, click here.
  • For application requirements and eligibility information, click here.
The Project on Managing the Atom at the Belfer Center is Harvard's principal research group focusing on nuclear weapons and nuclear energy policies. For additional information about the project, click here.



Job Description

Job Title: Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship (For Post-Doctoral Students and Junior Faculty Members)

Location: Santa Monica, CA, Pittsburgh, PA, Washington, DC

Job Type: Internship/Externship

Regular/Temporary: Temporary


Overview of RAND

The RAND Corporation is a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous. RAND’s research and analysis address issues that impact people everywhere, including security, health, education, sustainability, growth, and development. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, RAND has approximately 1,950 people from more than 50 countries working in offices in North America, Europe and Australia, with annual revenues of more than $345 million.

RAND is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and committed to the public interest. Our research is sponsored by government agencies, international organizations, and foundations. We rely on philanthropic support to pursue visionary ideas; address critical problems that are under-researched; and devise innovative approaches for solving acute, complex, or provocative policy challenges. RAND values objectivity and integrity in both its research processes and internal interactions. We emphasize a collegial environment that respects the contributions and dignity of all staff.

Position Description

The RAND Corporation is accepting applications for up to three Stanton Nuclear Security Fellows. The application deadline is January 21, 2020.

The Stanton Nuclear Security Fellows Program was created to stimulate the development of the next generation of thought leaders on nuclear security related topics by supporting interdisciplinary research that will advance policy-relevant understanding of the issues.

Fellows carry out a year-long period of independent research. During their RAND tenure, fellows are expected to produce policy-relevant studies that contribute to the general body of knowledge on nuclear security. Fellows are located at one of three U.S. RAND offices: Santa Monica, CA; Washington, DC; or Pittsburgh, PA. Doctoral students will receive a $50,000 stipend, post-doctoral fellows will receive an $80,000 stipend, and junior faculty fellows will receive a $110,000 stipend.


Preference will go to candidates who are post-doctoral students or tenure track junior faculty members. Doctoral students may be considered if they have a well-defined dissertation topic in the field of nuclear security and are enrolled in a widely recognized graduate program, and must include as part of their application at least three dissertation chapters (that have been approved by the candidate’s adviser for submission). Junior faculty at law schools or with a law degree as their terminal degree are eligible. Prior experience is broadly defined to include disciplines such as nuclear policy, security, engineering, physics, and related fields.


Doctorate (JD, PhD, etc.)


Santa Monica, CA, Pittsburgh, PA, Washington, DC



For additional information, please contact:

Ms. Sarah Harting
1200 South Hayes Street
Arlington, VA 22202
United States of America
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: (703) 413-1100, ext. 5675

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