The Notre Dame International Security Center Hans J. Morgenthau Fellows

The Notre Dame International Security Center (NDISC) is currently in its third cohort of Hans J. Morgenthau fellows. In the spirit of Morgenthau, a deep thinker about international relations and an engaged participant in debates about American foreign policy, NDISC seeks to help the next generation of scholars think more about grand strategy in its larger conceptual and historical context.

Over the course of the fellowship year, fellows will discuss their own research in the context of the burgeoning literature on U.S grand strategy, become part of the broader network of junior and senior scholars engaged with these topics, and hone their teaching skills. Successful applicants need not have any particular view of the optimal grand strategy – just a willingness to engage in the discussion of the topic seriously and debate the alternatives civilly.

The fellowship will be directed by professors Eugene Gholz and Joseph Parent and will involve faculty from Notre Dame and other universities. Fellows will convene three times over the course of their fellowship year.  They will begin with an intensive week-long seminar, reading foundational texts and discussing critical issues in contemporary grand strategy at the University of Notre Dame (early August 2022).  Fellows will then embark on a week-long study trip to an important international battlefield, where we will combine seminar discussions of strategy with walking the terrain and learning how history, geography, tactics, and strategy intersect (early June 2023).  Their fellowship will conclude with a three-day undergraduate teaching workshop on grand strategy in Washington, DC (late July 2023). In addition to the three in-person seminars and workshops, the fellows will also convene roughly once a month for virtual speaker events and discussions over the year of the fellowship. We will, of course, adapt the plans for in-person events as required to keep all participants safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fellowship includes a stipend of $10,000 plus travel expenses and accommodations during fellowship activities. Ideally, Applicants will be ABD doctoral candidates in political science, international relations, global affairs, public policy, history, and allied fields, but we will consider applications from exceptional candidates at other levels. We particularly welcome applications from individuals of backgrounds not widely represented in foreign policy discussions. Applicants should submit a short cover letter explaining their interest in the program, a CV, and a letter of recommendation through Interfolio by February 11, 2022.

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