Fellow/ Senior Fellow, South Asia Program

The Henry L. Stimson Center, a nonpartisan policy research center, seeks a dynamic individual to serve as a Fellow/Senior Fellow (commensurate with experience) for its South Asia Program. This is a leadership position within the team with opportunities for direct engagement with senior U.S. and regional stakeholders as well as supervision of a range of research and engagement efforts. The ideal candidate will have substantive expertise on regional security, including military, nuclear, and emerging technology issues. We seek someone with outstanding analytical and writing abilities, strong communication and engagement skills, and experience managing projects, staff, and budgets. The individual should have visited the region frequently and have the ability to work well with key stakeholders in the United States, India and Pakistan.

The South Asia program produces research and analysis on strategic trends and geopolitical dynamics in Southern Asia order to inform policy debates and scholarly work. We believe this dispassionate, reasoned approach is vital to generating high-quality strategic thinking that will advance regional and global stability. The program also focuses its efforts on partnering with the next generation of South Asian analysts and policymakers to build better tools for regional stewardship and enduring relationships for deliberative engagement. We seek to foster space for respectful dialogue and debate for all those who seek it, be they rising scholars, contemporary experts, or government officials from New Delhi, Islamabad, Washington DC, and Beijing.

The expected start date is May 15, 2023, and the selected candidate will be required to be based in the Washington, DC area. Salary is commensurate with experience and organization-wide compensation levels. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to complete one or more short assessment exercises.


Support program leadership, contributing to strategic direction and planning;
Oversee projects including the Strategic Learning Initiative, simulations, and track II engagements;
Carry out research and analysis on nuclear, strategic, and regional security issues;
Supervise, mentor, and ensure professional development of program staff;
Manage program budgets, planning, staff, and outreach strategies;
Engage in public speaking, media engagements, and other forms of outreach;
Plan, convene, and oversee in-person and virtual meetings and events;
Build relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including regional contacts;
Conduct regular travel to India, Pakistan, and other regional destination for outreach;
Identify and cultivate funding sources, and prepare funding proposals; and
Perform other tasks as needed.



Master’s degree or higher in a related field;
8+ years relevant professional experience;
Substantive knowledge of South Asian security issues;
Superior writing skills and analytical capabilities;
Strong project, personnel, and budget management experience;
Demonstrated leadership capacity;
Ability to work independently and to collaborate with peers in a team environment; and
Diplomatic skills and cultural sensitivity.

Fundraising and project development expertise;
Previous service in government or policymaking roles;
Prior long-term educational or professional experience in the region;
Language skills in Hindi, Urdu, Mandarin, or other regional language(s); and
Experience with data science methods and platforms, or with programming languages.

Applicants selected for interviews may be required to complete one or more short research, editing, and/or writing assignments.

Stimson is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates, supports, and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable laws.


Please submit the following in a single PDF in the order listed below on Stimson’s portal (ApplicantPro)

Cover letter including salary expectations;
Resume (maximum two pages);
Short writing sample (op-ed style, maximum two pages); and
Long writing sample (paper-style, maximum 10 pages).