Education is at the core of the CSS mission to build a team of fellows, faculty and PhD students around advanced research on issues related to US foreign policy, military intervention, and the grand strategy as well as to become a hub within the Fletcher School, Tufts University, the broader Boston community to further a national dialogue. The Center focuses on excellence in training leaders in international and national security, strategy, foreign policy and diplomacy.

Research Fellowship: The Intervention Project

Overview: THE INTERVENTION PROJECT (TIP) aims to build the most comprehensive, definitive dataset on American military interventions and the use of its armed forces in foreign countries since the country’s founding. Building this comprehensive dataset will create an opportunity for scholars, practitioners, and informed citizens of the United States to solve an important puzzle: why would the number and frequency of American military interventions increase when vital American interests are not under threat? As civilian deaths increase in countries experiencing American military interventions and the financial costs of two long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan top some six trillion dollars, it is imperative to create this dataset. It will catalogue all American military involvement in the world since 1776 and serve as a resource for researchers to investigate the short-term outcomes of those interventions, how well they served America’s national interests, the financial costs, the long-term effects and the unintended consequences.

TasksThe Research Fellow will support the CSS director to develop the definitive dataset of all US military interventions, as well as case studies and analysis of specific instances of military intervention.  He/she will participate in design and development of research study, execution of protocols and plans, data analysis and reporting of results for research projects and studies. Research fellow will report to the CSS director, Professor Monica Toft, and may contribute to publications, including policy briefs, journal articles and books manuscripts associated with the project. The appointed fellow will have time to work on his or her own research.

QualificationsThe CSS seeks a research fellow with strong background in International Relations and expertise in statistics, sourcing, and dataset development. Attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and excellent writing ability are essential for this project. Research and data management skills, proficiency with statistical software, and PhD required. Candidates must not have exceeded five years from the date of their advanced degree.

Duration:  July 2018–June 2019 (with the possibility of renewal)

Hours and compensation:  $47,484 annual salary, plus benefits

Application information:  Please email a statement of interest outlining any relevant experience/skills and a resume to by April 15, 2018.


 The CSS Capstone Incubator Research Mentorship

Call for Applications

Deadline – October, 2nd

The Center for Strategic Studies is delighted to announce the Capstone Incubator Project.

The purpose of the CSS Capstone Incubator is to facilitate the development of innovative research on strategy, international politics, and US foreign policy by the Fletcher School students.

The CSS Capstone Incubator offers hands-on mentorship for a limited number of Fletcher students studying in one- and two-year programs whose research interests lie in the area of:

  • U.S. foreign policy and strategy;
  • Realities and complexities of international conflict, including human territoriality, legitimacy, and the ethnic, cultural, and religious differences of peoples; and
  • The utility of military intervention given its potential perils and long-term unintended consequences.

Research mentorship will be offered based on the alliance of the proposed capstone project with the CSS research area and quality of the proposal (focus, logical consistency, demonstration of initial familiarity and strong interest to the topic).

We invite Fletcher students planning to graduate in Spring 2018 to apply for a CSS Research Mentorship, which will include:

  • Being assigned a CSS faculty member as a capstone advisor;
  • Close work with the assigned member of the CSS team on developing the capstone research question, outline, research strategy, and interim deadlines to assure the completion of the capstone by the last week of April 2018;
  • Submission of the chapters of the capstone research for review and feedback;
  • Publication of CSS blog-posts on the relevance of the chosen capstone topic and research findings; and
  • An opportunity to compete to have the completed projects published by CSS as white papers.

You should expect submitting a draft literature review by January 14th, 2018 and a complete draft of the capstone research by April 13th (with the interim submission of the capstone chapters for review).

Please, apply using this form.
Deadline for applications Monday, October 2nd.

Other opportunities to receive CSS capstone advise:

Summer Research Support: For students graduating in December 2018 or May 2019 we will open a call for applications for CSS mentorship in February 2018 which would involve all the components discussed above + strategizing your summer as a research opportunity (limited financial support will be offered).

Open Doors: CSS Capstone incubator will also offer ad-hoc capstone advise for students seeking specialized guidance. Center fellows will offer a series of appointments in the last weeks of November, January, February, and March (subject to modification).