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South Asia Junior Fellowship

Purpose
The one-year, full-time fellowship will provide individuals with a unique opportunity to expand their knowledge of security issues in the subcontinent, engage the South Asia policy community in Washington and the region, and experience working at a dynamic think tank that provides close interaction with senior staff and researchers. Junior Fellows will receive a salary of $43,000 for the full year, as well as health insurance and transit benefits for the duration of the fellowship.
Junior Fellows will support the Stimson South Asia Program’s efforts to research, analyze, and inform policymakers about the evolving dynamics of deterrence, conflict risks, military modernization, and great-power competition in Southern Asia. Fellows will support research, publications, and programmatic efforts (including South Asian Voices, Strategic Learning, and public events and workshops). They will receive professional development opportunities to engage with leading scholars and practitioners in the field; to represent Stimson at scholarly and policy convenings; to hone technical and analytical skills; and to conduct, present, and publish their own research.
The Stimson South Asia Junior Fellowship will help emerging analysts develop the research, analytical, writing, and project management skills required to succeed in fields related to peace and security in South Asia. Previous Junior Fellows have gone on to positions with Stimson and at other think tanks including CSIS and CFR, have joined the U.S. government, and have pursued advanced degrees at MIT, University of Chicago, Stanford, and Columbia.

Selection Criteria
Requirements
• A strong background in: South Asian politics, economics, or security; strategic studies and nuclear issues; international relations theory; or other social sciences.
• Demonstrated analytical, research, and writing skills.
• Ability to work independently and to collaborate with peers in a team environment.
• A record of academic excellence.
• Bachelor’s degree. All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States for the full twelve months of the fellowship following graduation.

Desirable Skills/Experience
• Precise editing skills (work experience in university writing center or newspaper a plus).
• Experience living/working in South Asia and/or working in intercultural settings.
• Hindi, Urdu, or Mandarin (or other relevant) language skills.
• Data science skills.
• Event and/or project management experience.
• Web management experience/skills.

 

Application Materials
• A one-page cover letter laying out the candidate’s research interests and career goals. Applicants should discuss how they can contribute to the mission and work of the Stimson South Asia Program and how the Stimson South Asia Junior Fellowship would contribute to their long-term professional growth.
• A curriculum vitae or resume (two-page maximum) including all educational qualifications, study abroad experience, and extracurricular activities, as well as any work experience to date.
• Unofficial transcript(s) with academic record of undergraduate and Master’s (if applicable) coursework and study abroad experience.
• One letter of recommendation from a professor or former employer explaining what qualifications, skills, and experiences make the candidate a good fit for the fellowship;
• A writing sample of no more than two pages on a topic related to South Asian political or security issues.

Letters of recommendation should be emailed to [email protected] with the subject line “Stimson South Asia Junior Fellowship—Last name of applicant.” All other application materials should be submitted as a single PDF document in the order outlined above and titled “Junior Fellowship Application Materials—Last name of applicant” through Stimson’s online application system

 

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