CFP- Yale Brady-Johnson International Security Studies Research Workshop

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 2:00pm

Yale International Security Studies


International Security Studies at Yale invites junior scholars (doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows) conducting research on international security and grand strategy to submit papers for presentation at the Yale Brady-Johnson International Security Studies Research Workshop to be held on September 21–22, 2018.

The workshop is designed to provide junior scholars with an opportunity to obtain feedback from peers and faculty from outside their home institutions. We also aim at fostering intellectual and professional relationships among the next generation of international security scholars and diplomatic and military historians.

Each selected presenter will receive feedback from two faculty discussants and two other junior scholars. Confirmed faculty discussants include:

  • Stephen Biddle (SIPA, Columbia);
  • Alexandre Debs (Political Science, Yale);
  • Beverly Gage (History and Grand Strategy, Yale);
  • Charles Glaser (Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington);
  • Stacie Goddard (Political Science, Wellesley);
  • Robert Jervis (Political Science and SIPA, Columbia);
  • Josh Kertzer (Government, Harvard);
  • Fred Logevall (History and Kennedy School, Harvard);
  • Sean Lynn-Jones (editor, International Security);
  • John Mearsheimer (Political Science, Chicago);
  • Nuno Monteiro (Political Science and ISS, Yale);
  • Daryl Press (Government, Dartmouth);
  • Mary Sarotte (SAIS, Johns Hopkins)
  • Jennifer Siegel (History, Ohio State);
  • Monica Toft (Fletcher School, Tufts);
  • Marc Trachtenberg (Political Science, UCLA);
  • Arne Westad (History and Kennedy School, Harvard).

Although doctoral students at any stage are welcome to apply, we anticipate the conference being especially useful for students on or nearing the academic job market. Yale will cover all costs for all participants.

Applications are due by email to [email protected] by July 15, 2018.


Research papers may focus on any substantive topic and employ any research methodology, so long as the core question is directly tied to international security and grand strategy. Applicants are asked to submit a 250-word abstract as well as a 5-page précis of their research paper, along with a Curriculum Vitae. Please do not submit complete research papers. Applications should be in the form of a single PDF file (in the following order: abstract, précis, CV). Each submission will be evaluated based on progress and quality. Papers may be single- or co- authored.


Accepted participants will be notified by August 15, 2018. We anticipate accepting sixteen junior participants in total. We will ask successful applicants to submit complete research papers by September 1, 2018.


At the conference, each paper will be allotted 30-minutes, to include a short presentation, discussant comments, and general Q&A. A second faculty discussant will be asked to provide comments in writing. In order to facilitate an in-depth discussion, each junior presenter will also be required to read and provide written feedback on two papers by other participants. In addition, the conference will feature a keynote speech on the future of the field of international security by Professor Marc Trachtenberg as well as a panel on professionalization and the academic job market. Participants will have multiple opportunities to engage and socialize with other students and faculty participants throughout the conference, including over a conference dinner on Friday evening.


Q: I’m a historian. Can I apply?

A: Yes! We expect half of the presenter slots to be filled with historians working on issues related to international security and grand strategy.

Q: I’m a political scientist. Can I apply?

A: Yes! We expect half of the presenter slots to be filled with political scientists working on issues related to international security and grand strategy.

Q: Is the conference limited to specific academic disciplines or scholarly approaches?

A: No. We take a broad view of what counts as international security and grand strategy and welcome proposals from any scholarly tradition; using any methodological approaches; and coming from any discipline or field.

Q: I’m not a doctoral student or post-doctoral fellow. Can I apply?

A: Unfortunately, because of space constraints, and because one of the goals of the workshop is to assist budding scholars who are on (or nearing) the academic job market, applications for the workshop are limited to doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows. If you already have secured a tenure-track position or permanent non-academic position, we regret that we cannot consider your proposal.

Q: I’m a doctoral student but I won’t be on the job market for another two years. Can I apply?

A: We encourage applications from scholars who are on (or nearing) the academic job market and will give preference to their applications.

Q: What should the précis included in my submission look like?

A: There are many ways to write a 5-page précis. A useful one may be to state the research question, its importance, your argument, and the evidence you expect to deploy in its support.

Q: How long should my research paper be?

A: Please note that no papers should be included in the submission. If your proposal is selected for the conference, your research paper should be the length of an article in a major political science or history journal. Depending on style and methodology, this may range from approximately 7,500 to 15,000 words.

Q: Whom should I contact if I have a question about the conference or my application?

A: Please direct all queries to [email protected]. Thanks.