CNS Visiting Fellows Program

Overview

The CNS Visiting Fellows program is designed to assist junior and mid-career policy and technical professionals obtain an in-depth understanding of legal, political, regional, and technical aspects of WMD nonproliferation, and to develop the skills necessary to have a positive impact on arms control and nonproliferation policy in their respective countries and in the international arena.

The program’s overall goal is to train a new generation of experts in the area of WMD nonproliferation, provide them with the knowledge and understanding of the nonproliferation regime and international policy-making process, and help build countries’ core competences to secure and curb the spread of dangerous materials and technologies.

The program provides visiting fellows with an interdisciplinary curriculum combining policy and technical aspects of nonproliferation and arms control issues, as well as nuclear security and WMD-related technologies. Program instructors include US and international experts with backgrounds in history, political science, international relations, nuclear physics, and life science. Throughout the program, fellows interact regularly with CNS/MIIS experts and professors and visiting experts, deepening their knowledge of current WMD policy, science, and technologies.

CNS Fall 2014 Visiting Fellows from China, South Asia, Indonesia, Ukraine, Yemen, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Pakistan with Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), Dr. Potter and Mr. Jean du Preez , CTBTO Chief of External Relations, Protocol and International Cooperation.

CNS Fall 2014 Visiting Fellows from China, South Asia, Indonesia, Ukraine, Yemen, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Pakistan with Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), Dr. Potter and Mr. Jean du Preez , CTBTO Chief of External Relations, Protocol and International Cooperation.

History

Established in 1991, the Visiting Fellows program is one of the world’s first professional training programs devoted to WMD nonproliferation, arms control, and disarmament issues, based at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). With its original focus on practitioners and researchers from the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union, the program expanded in the late 1990s to include candidates from East Asia, and then again in the mid-2000s to other regions of the world, to include, in particular, countries representing the Non-Aligned Movement. Since the program’s inception, nearly 300 experts from over thirty countries ranging from Mexico, Chile, Colombia, and Argentina to Burkina Faso, Mali, and Nigeria; from Egypt, Iraq, and Yemen to Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Philippines; from Russia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Romania, and Ukraine to Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and other states.

Visiting Fellows alumni continue to play important roles in their countries, representing their governments at high-profile international nonproliferation meetings and conferences, and even serving as ambassadors or national representatives at international organizations. Others contribute to their nations’ nonproliferation and nuclear security capacity-building efforts by developing and teaching academic and training courses on relevant topics. Training at CNS inspired some experts from Russia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine to establish their own think tanks and research centers focusing on WMD nonproliferation.

Program Participants

  • Diplomats, experts, and officials from national governments
  • Non-governmental experts from think tanks, academia, and industry
  • Researchers/scientists/engineers
  • University instructors
  • Other professionals

Program Structure

  • Lecture series (over thirty lectures by CNS senior experts from Monterey, Washington, DC, and Vienna, as well as guest speakers, covering a wide range of topics related to WMD nonproliferation)
  • Select MIIS graduate level nonproliferation courses (audit only)
  • Independent research project and project presentation
  • Additional professional and networking activities (brown-bag seminar series, field trips)

Program Details

  • Offered twice a year (spring and fall) in Monterey, California
  • One semester long (about three-and-a-half months)
    • Spring session: late January – early May
    • Fall session: late August – early December
  • A limited number of qualified candidates will receive a full stipend to cover their tuition fee, housing, and daily expenses. Additional candidates can be admitted for a fee, which will be determined on an individual basis
  • Program is offered in small-group settings (4-6 participants/session)
  • Upon successful completion of their training and their research presentations, fellows receive program certificates
Fall 2015 fellows from Egypt, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Mali proudly display their program completion certificates.

Fall 2015 fellows from Egypt, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Mali proudly display their program completion certificates.

Eligibility

Qualified candidates must:

  • Be a full-time professional;
  • Demonstrate his/her professional engagement and interest in the field related to WMD nonproliferation and nuclear, biological, and chemical security and public safety, or other related field;
  • Demonstrate written and verbal English fluency

Application Procedure

  • Current resume/CV
  • Letter(s) of recommendation from current/past supervisors/mentors
  • A brief statement of purpose (about 500 words) explaining current experience in the field of nonproliferation or related fields and the relevance of this fellowship to professional goals

Contact Information

Please send your inquiry and application to Margarita Kalinina-Pohl, CNS Senior Program Manager: msevcik@miis.edu