Education

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.

Post-Doctoral Fellowships 2018-2019

The Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy invites applications for its postdoctoral fellowship program for the 2018-2019 academic year. Established in 2017, CSS is dedicated to producing policy-relevant research on strategy, international politics, and US foreign policy. CSS serves as a hub for students, faculty, scholars and practitioners to engage with one another in a supportive, collaborative, and collegial environment. Its mission is to educate future scholars and practitioners and generate cutting-edge scholarly analysis that broadens the U.S. foreign policy debate, exploring alternative strategies that: (1) enhances US security, sovereignty, prosperity, and territory; (2) respects the realities and complexities of international conflict; including human territoriality, legitimacy, and the ethnic, cultural, and religious differences of peoples; and (3) questions the utility of military intervention given its potential perils and long-term unintended consequences; including but not limited to, the loss of life, civil liberties, and resources. CSS works closely with the Security Studies Program.

CSS is interdisciplinary; it therefore welcomes applications from anthropology, economics, history, law, political science, natural sciences, and other related disciplines.

This is a residential fellowship—fellows are expected to be on campus for the entirety of the fellowship period, which is September 1, 2018–June 30, 2019. Applicants should be no more than 5 years from the awarding of their degree. While Fellows will spend most of their time on their own research, they are also expected to participate in the Center’s programming, including presenting in research seminars, writing for the blog, attending conferences, workshops, and center activities. By the end of their term fellows are expected to complete a significant piece of research for publication and a shorter policy-relevant paper that will be published as part of the CSS’s White Paper series.

Fellows will be provided with a $47,484 stipend, medical benefits, office space, and a computer. As members of the Tufts Fletcher community they will have access to library system and other facilities of the University. Although only a few full fellowships are available, CSS encourages applicants to apply for other sources of funding as CSS might be able to provide partial and non-stipendiary appointments. Applicants should therefore indicate their needed level of support.  Tufts University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our community. Members of under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications are due January 15, 2018, noon EST.

Application materials include: a cover letter, research proposal (no more than five pages), C.V., one writing sample (no more than 10,000 words); the names of three recommenders (who could be contacted for letters). These materials should be submitted to css-postdoc@tufts.edu

 

 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).