International Security and Arms Control Funding Opportunities

The following universities, foundations, and other organizations have funded technical research relevant to international security, arms control, nonproliferation, and related issues.


AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships
For over 30 years, the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships have provided scientists and engineers with a unique public policy learning experience and an opportunity to apply their knowledge and analytical skills to national and international issues in the policy realm. Career-advancing opportunities are available with Congress and nearly 15 federal agencies.


American Academy of Arts and Sciences Visiting Scholars Center
The Visiting Scholars Center (VSC) supports scholars and practitioners in the early stages of their careers in advancing their work on global security, social policy, and related issues. In addition to pursuing individual projects, scholars participate in Academy activities, and collaborate with Academy fellows.


Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Fellowships
The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (BCSIA) at Harvard University offers both pre­doctoral and advanced research fellowships for one year, with a possibility for renewal. The Center's research projects include U.S. defense and foreign policy, Russian security policy, nuclear proliferation, managing nuclear technology and materials, chemical and biological weapons issues, science and technology policy issues, and many others.


James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
The Center for Nonproliferation Studies offers support for work on nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons proliferation. During their year in residence, fellows are expected to publish a significant work in the field and participate in the general research activities of the Center.


Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program
The Christine Mirzanyan Fellowship engages graduate science, engineering, medical, veterinary, business, public policy, and law students in the analytical process that informs the creation of national policy-making with a science/technology element. As a result, students develop basic skills essential to working in the world of science policy.


The Cooperative Monitoring Center's Visiting Scholars Program
SNL’s International Biological Threat Reduction (IBTR) Program occasionally invites distinguished scholars to collaborate on nonproliferation, cooperative monitoring, transparency, confidence-building, environmental issues, and arms control verification.


The Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace
The U.S. Institute for Peace offers several fellowships geared toward research on issues concerning peace and international conflict.


The Peace Studies Program at Cornell University
The Peace Studies Program offers various funding opportunities for persons trained in the physical or biological sciences who wish to pursue work on policy issues in the area of international security.


The Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University
Stanford offers natural scientists and engineers an opportunity to explore the policy dimensions of a research topic of their choosing in an interdisciplinary environment. Past research areas have included policy issues regarding nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons and delivery systems; nuclear weapons safety and security; export controls, and assessing antiballistic missile defenses.


U.S. Institute of Peace
USIP offers several grant competitions, including support for research on Afghanistan and Pakistan.


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Last Revised: January 15, 2014

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