International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured Scholars

The International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars (IAF-TIRS) offers professors practical experience in the foreign policy-making field, providing them with an opportunity to spend their sabbatical year working at a U.S. government agency, in Congress, or with an international organization.

The IAF-TIRS program helps close the gap between research and practice, enriching both teaching and scholarship by enabling fellows to become practitioners. The program also benefits policymakers by exposing them to critical scholarly research relevant to the foreign policy and national security issues facing the United States and the world.

The fellowship is for twelve months. The Council on Foreign Relations will match 50 percent of the fellow’s base salary for the academic year (up to a maximum of $80,000 for the year) as well as provide modest assistance for moving expenses for those who need to relocate for the fellowship.

Eligible applicants should be tenured faculty based at a U.S.-based college or university whose research focuses on international relations, peace and security issues, or U.S. foreign policy. Applicants must hold a PhD, have a pre-arranged sabbatical with their home university, and hold U.S. citizenship. Strong preference will be given to candidates with little limited experience working in the U.S. government or with an international organization.

Please note: fellows are considered independent contractors rather than employees of CFR and are not eligible for employment benefits, including health insurance. No indirect costs can be deducted from the stipend award.

Interested candidates who meet the program’s eligibility requirements can apply online between now and October 31, 2020 at

Questions regarding the fellowship? Email or call 202.509.8449.


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