RAND Is Accepting Applications for Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowships


Oct 29, 2018

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The RAND Corporation is accepting applications for up to three Stanton Nuclear Security Fellows. The application deadline is January 14, 2019.

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 yearlong 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, postdoctoral fellows will receive an $80,000 stipend, and junior faculty fellows will receive a $110,000 stipend.

Preference will go to candidates who are postdoctoral students or 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. They also 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.

The Stanton Foundation was created by former CBS President Frank Stanton, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest executives in electronic communications. In 1954, President Eisenhower appointed Stanton to a committee convened to develop the first comprehensive plan for the survival of the United States following a nuclear attack. Stanton led the effort to develop plans for national and international communication in the aftermath of a nuclear incident.

Stanton also served as the chairman (1961–67) and as a trustee (1957–78) of RAND. The Stanton Foundation aims, through its support of the Nuclear Security Fellows program, to perpetuate his efforts to meet these challenges.

For more information, contact Sarah Harting at (703) 413-1100, ext. 5675 or Sarah_Harting@rand.org.