CISAC is guided by its longstanding belief that a commitment to rigorous scholarship, openness to new ideas, and lively intellectual exchange can spur the creation and spread of knowledge to help build a safer world. To that end, fellows are expected to be fully present and engaged at CISAC during their assignment.
- Complete an Individual Development Plan (IDP) and review it with your mentor within the 1st month of appointment.
- Meet with your faculty mentor at least once per month to review and refine your research topic, discuss project progress, and receive general career and intellectual guidance.
- Regularly attend and engage with CISAC’s weekly research seminar. Coordinate one panel.
- Participate in many and host one of the fellowship dinners with the research seminar panel participants. CISAC will pay for these.
- Participate in the Fellows’ Policy Workshop (typically 2-3 sessions per month).
- Make tangible progress on your proposed research project: completing several dissertation or book chapters and/or at least one article for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
- Write a short op-ed or other media piece that provides insights gleaned from your scholarly work to the public (blog posts are not eligible).
- Complete brief quarterly fellowship reports in which you describe your research, writing, and presentation activities during that period.
- Produce at least one policy focused document for a mock congressional testimony or NSC simulation session (part of the Fellows’ Policy Workshop series).
- Participate as a head of state in our winter quarter simulation for the course “International Security in a Changing World” if selected.
- STANTON FELLOWS ONLY: Participate in the annual Stanton Nuclear Security Fellows Seminar, hosted by the Foundation in Washington, D.C.
- HAI-CISAC FELLOWS ONLY: Participate in both HAI and CISAC research seminars on a regular basis.
- SIO FELLOWS ONLY: Participate in Cyber Policy Center research seminars and produce policy-relevant work, which could include media appearances, published articles, or briefings to or workshops for government or international organization officials, ideally in collaboration with researchers from other disciplines
Cybersecurity and International Security Fellowship
CISAC Cyber Policy Fellows may focus on any aspect of cybersecurity with an important connection to public policy, including (but not limited to) international security and international relations, critical infrastructure protection, privacy and civil liberties, and the future of the Internet. Applicants may also find interesting research topics and they should feel free to argue for researching some aspect at the nexus of cybersecurity and public policy that is not described therein. All else being equal, preference will be afforded to those interested in an ongoing research project, which at this time include projects on the use of offensive cyber capabilities as instruments of national policy and a Track II dialog on cybersecurity as it relates to China and the United States.