National Security Fellows Program

National Security Fellows Program

National Security Fellows Program

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies sponsors a competitive National Security Fellows Program (NSFP) for the next generation of U.S. national security professionals. Fellows demonstrate immense career promise, excellent analytical skills, and are keenly concerned with securing the interests of the United States. The program provides a safe and smart environment for thought-provoking national security discussions as well as opportunities for mentorship, networking, and skill-building.

The 12-month fellowship hosts sessions in the evenings on a monthly basis in Washington D.C. These sessions provide Fellows with access to high-level government officials, ambassadors, and select others in the policy community. The discussions take place in an off-the-record roundtable setting and focus on a wide range of U.S. national security issues, including homegrown terrorism, the implications of a nuclear-armed Iran, cyber warfare, illicit finance, and radical anti-American global terrorist networks. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizens
  • Based in Washington, D.C.
  • Between the ages of 28-40
  • A minimum of five years of employment in national security or foreign policy

Applications for the 2016 National Security Fellows Program are now closed. To be notified when the applications for 2017 become available, please email Bari@defenddemocracy.org.

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