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.


 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).