Pre-doctorate Fellowship: Hans J. Morganthau

Hans J. Morgenthau was among the most prominent figures in 20th-century international relations studies in the post-World War II era. Morgenthau is widely considered the father of modern realism—the dominant theory of Cold War international relations.

NDISC Hans J. Morganthau Fellowship

In the spirit of Morgenthau, NDISC seeks to help the next generation of scholars think more about grand strategy in the larger conceptual and historical context.

Over the course of the fellowship year, fellows engage the literature of grand strategy and become part of the broader network of scholars working in this field. 

Who Should Apply? 

The fellowship is open to doctoral candidates in political science, international relations, global affairs, public policy, history, and allied fields, but we will consider applications from exceptional graduate students at other levels. The Fellowship is open to all college graduates nationally and world wide. We will also look at early post doctorates.

We particularly welcome applications from individuals of backgrounds not widely represented in foreign policy discussions.

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Fellowship Programming

Fellows convene three times during the year:

  1. Week-long seminar, reading foundational texts and discussing critical issues in contemporary grand strategy.
  2. Week-long study trip to an international battlefield, learning how history, geography, tactics, and strategy intersect.
  3. Three-day teaching workshop on grand strategy.

In addition to three in-person seminars and workshops, fellows meet monthly for virtual speaker events and discussions.

NDISC Hans J. Morgenthau Travel Experience

Application and Funding

The fellowship includes a stipend of $10,000 plus travel expenses and accommodations during fellowship activities. 

Applicants should submit a short cover letter explaining their interest in the program, a CV, and a letter of recommendation through Interfolio.

The Deadline is February 11th.


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