U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security Post-doctoral Fellowship

The Dickey Center and the Office of the Dean of Faculty collaborate on a Dartmouth post-doctoral fellowship program in U.S. foreign policy and international security.

2019-20 Postdocs

(l-r) Faculty Coordinator Daryl Press and the 2019-20 Fellows: Jen Spindel, Megan Black, Kolby Hanson, Cullen Nutt, Michael Falcone, Austin Knuppe, and Katsuya Tsukamoto

Postdocs and Sec Albright

U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security Postdocs regularly meet with top policymakers including: former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright...

Johnnie Carson and Carter Ham

...former Commander of U.S. Africa Command General Carter Ham (with l-r former Asst. Sec. of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson and Center Director Daniel Benjamin)...

Secretary Mattis

...former Secretary of Defense and Commander of U.S. Central Command General James Mattis...

HRC with fellows

...and former Secretary of State, US Senator (NY), and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.

U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security Fellows are selected to spend a minimum of ten months and up to one year in-residence at Dartmouth on research and writing about international issues related to one of the Dickey Center's research areas: environment, health, human development, gender, and security. Scholars from all disciplines, including political science and history, are welcome to apply.

While scholars at any stage of their career are eligible, applications from recent recipients of a PhD or equivalent degree are especially encouraged to apply. Fellows are provided with an office and access to Dartmouth faculty and resources. They must be in-residence during their fellowship and participate in Dickey Center seminars and events.

U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security Fellows utilize their year at Dartmouth to maximize progress on their research, build contacts with other Fellows, Dartmouth faculty and with policy networks, and contribute to the intellectual life of the College. 

All Fellows are assigned a faculty mentor with whom they meet on a regular basis. Faculty mentors are intended to provide professional advice for career building and integrating into the Dartmouth intellectual community as well as substantive expertise.

Fellows typically will:

  • Give a faculty seminar on the work discussed in the Dickey Center’s seminar series on international politics and foreign policy
  • Present work in the departments of Government, History, and in other seminar series at the College
  • Participate with other Fellows in an undergraduate course, taught with a Dartmouth faculty member.  Fellows also often make guest appearances in other classes,  and interact with undergraduate students in Dickey Center student groups or other organization as interest warrants
  • Participate in events for Fellows organized throughout the year – topics will be determined on the basis of mutual interest and perceived need

One of the motivations of the Fellows program is to help bridge the gap between academic work on U.S. foreign policy and international security and the world of policy. Activities in the fellowship program include:

  • Seminar on Op Eds, reaching out to media
    • Publishing for journals, books
    • Op-Eds
  • Workshop on telling the story of your research/ media training/video production
  • Networking with policy makers, Dickey Center visitors
  • Building professional contacts
  • Washington DC outreach, including policy workshops

Fellows have  joint sessions and sometimes one-on-one meetings with visiting practitioners, including (in the last few years):

  • Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State, US Senator (NY), and First Lady
  • Ambassador William Burns, former Deputy Secretary of State
  • General James Mattis (Ret.), former Secretary of Defense and Commander of U.S. Central Command
  • Tony Blinken, former Deputy Secretary of State
  • Harold Koh, former Legal Adviser of the State Department
  • Ambassador Isobel Coleman, former U.S. Representative to the United Nations for UN Management and Reform
  • John McLaughlin, former Deputy Director and Acting Director of the CIA
  • Melanne Verveer, former U.S. Ambassador to the UN for Global Women's Issues
  • Michèle Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
  • Atifete Jahjaga, former President of Kosovo
  • Rand Beers, former Acting Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Matthew Olsen, former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center and former General Counsel of the NSA
  • Wendy Sherman, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and Lead U.S. Negotiator in the Iran Nuclear Talks
  • Aharon Barak, former President of the Israeli Supreme Court
  • Neal Wolin, former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Department
  • Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State
  • Michael Morell, former Deputy Director of the CIA
  • Mara Rudman, former Deputy National Security Advisor, and former Assistant Administrator for the Middle East at the U.S. Agency for International Development
  • General Carter Ham (Ret.), former Commander of U.S. Africa Command
  • Maria Otero, former Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights
  • Don Steinberg, former Deputy Administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development

In addition, a major goal of the fellowship is to build networks.  Toward that end, the fellowship seeks to nurture connections among Fellows and between them and practitioners.  After Fellows leave Dartmouth, they should expect to be connected to other alumni via social media and USFP/IS alumni events held in Hanover or Washington.


The application period for the 2021-22 fellowship will open in late Fall 2020. A link to the application will be available through the online application tool provided by interfolio. Applicants must submit applications through interfolio. 

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