Clements Center at UT Austin- Predoc and Postdoc Fellowships, and Summer Seminar

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Predoc and Postdoc Fellowships, and Summer Seminar for Doctoral Students
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Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin

 

The Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin has the following opportunities for doctoral and postdoctoral students:

  • Clements Center Predoctoral Fellowship
  • Clements Center Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Intelligence Studies
  • Summer Seminar in History and Statecraft for Doctoral Students

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Clements Center Predoctoral Fellowship

The Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin seeks applications from current PhD candidates for its Predoctoral Fellowship Program.
Consistent with the Clements Center’s mission areas of history, strategy, and statecraft, applicants from all disciplines whose research bears directly on foreign and defense policy, intelligence, or international security are welcome to apply. However, strong preference will be given to applicants pursuing a doctorate in history or whose research has a strong historical component (ancient or modern). This fellowship is designed to help expedite dissertation completion, so applicants should be in the dissertation writing phase and within one year (or in exceptional cases two years) of anticipated dissertation submission. Successful applicants will be able to spend the substantial portion of their time working on their own research and writing projects, while taking advantage of the many academic resources available at the University of Texas-Austin. Additionally, Fellows will be required to play an active role in the Clements Center’s programs and activities; any specific responsibilities will be by mutual agreement between the Fellow and the Clements Center leadership. Fellows accepted to the program will be offered a competitive stipend, full use of UT facilities, and office space at the Clements Center. Each appointment is for one year.

Applicants should submit a current c.v., a letter of application, graduate school transcripts, a brief (no more than two-page, single-spaced) statement of proposed research, and three letters of recommendation. Please visit the Clements Center’s website for complete application instructions (see https://goo.gl/Rwd5bs). Applications are due no later than March 3, 2017. Please direct any questions to Jacqueline Chandler at [email protected].

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Clements Center Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin seeks applications from recent PhD recipients for its Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.
Consistent with the Clements Center’s mission areas of history, strategy, and statecraft, applicants from all disciplines whose research bears directly on foreign and defense policy, intelligence, or international security are welcome to apply. However, strong preference will be given to applicants with a doctorate in history or whose research has a strong historical component (ancient or modern). Successful applicants will be able to spend the substantial portion of their time working on their own research and writing projects, while taking advantage of the many academic resources available at the University of Texas-Austin. Additionally, Fellows will be required to play an active role in the Clements Center’s programs and activities; any specific responsibilities will be by mutual agreement between the Fellow and the Clements Center leadership. Fellows accepted to the program will be offered a competitive stipend, full use of UT facilities, and office space at the Clements Center. In some cases Fellows will be welcome to teach a course at the University of Texas. Each appointment is for one year, and in exceptional cases may be considered for renewal for a second year.
Applicants should submit a current c.v., a letter of application, graduate school transcripts, a brief (no more than two-page, single-spaced) statement of proposed research, and three letters of recommendation. Please visit the Clements Center’s website for complete application instructions (see http://goo.gl/dPqilM). Applications are due no later than March 3, 2017. Note that applicants are required to have received their doctorate by August 14, 2017, the date the Postdoctoral Fellowship will commence. Please direct any questions to Jacqueline Chandler at [email protected].

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Intelligence Studies

The Intelligence Studies Project (ISP) of the Clements Center for National Security and the Strauss Center for International Security and Law will grant a postdoctoral fellowship in intelligence studies to a promising young scholar. This unique fellowship is intended to support the next generation of scholars and educators in the field of intelligence. Applicants from all disciplines whose research bears on national security intelligence are welcome to apply. The successful applicant will be expected to work on research and writing projects and their own design, while taking advantage of the academic resources available at the University of Texas-Austin. The Fellow will be expected to play an active role in programs and activities organized by the ISP, Clements and Strauss centers. Any specific responsibilities will be by mutual agreement between the Fellow and the ISP Director. The Fellow accepted for this program will be offered a competitive stipend, full use of UT facilities, and workspace. Depending upon qualifications and interest, the Fellow may have the opportunity to teach a course at UT-Austin. The fellowship appointment is for one year, but in an exceptional case may be renewed for a second year. For more information, please contact [email protected]. Application Instructions:

  • Complete the online application by clicking the "Apply Now" button at http://bit.ly/2gwLhh5;
  • Send graduate school transcripts and three letters of recommendation directly from your university and your recommenders to [email protected] or via a dossier service such as Interfolio or Vitae. Applications for the 2017-2018 fellowship year are due on March 1, 2017. **Note that applicants must have received their doctorate by August 14, 2017, the date the postdoctoral fellowship will commence.

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Summer Seminar in History and Statecraft
For Advanced Doctoral Students
July 23-28, 2017
Beaver Creek, Colorado

Policymakers frequently attempt to draw on historical knowledge to gain perspective on contemporary national security issues. Meanwhile, historians and other scholars frequently comment on present-day decision-making problems and sometimes aspire to influence policy debates. Yet policymakers and scholars generally occupy separate intellectual and institutional universes. Especially in recent years, they have had little to say to one another. The result, arguably, has been the impoverishment of both communities.

From July 23-28, 2017, the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin will convene a weeklong seminar for doctoral students focused on the connections between statecraft and history. Several sessions will examine the ways in which policymakers have used or misused historical knowledge in the past, and how different scholarly disciplines approach history. Sessions will also ask how policymakers should use history and what methods might be available for refining the use of the past in decision-making.

But the seminar will also examine the problem from the other direction, examining how scholars might be more productive and influential voices in deliberations on foreign and defense policy. When have historians and other social scientists played a useful role in the past? What insights might be drawn from those cases?

The Clements Center invites applications to participate in this program, which will take place in the beautiful Rocky Mountains at the Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Applicants should be advanced doctoral students in history, political science, or related fields interested in careers in either academia or policymaking. The seminar will feature in-depth discussions with top scholars and senior policymakers and intelligence officials, as well as sessions devoted to academic publishing and strategies for approaching the academic and policy job markets. Each day will also have recreational time for participants to enjoy the mountain surroundings.

The Clements Center will cover all travel and related expenses for participants. Applicants should visit the Clements Center’s website for complete application instructions (see https://goo.gl/sbh7ma). The deadline for applications is February 17, 2017. Please direct questions to Jacqueline Chandler at [email protected].