Hosted by the Stimson Center South Asia Program since 2014, the South Asian Voices Visiting Fellowship is a research fellowship for outstanding analysts, scholars, and students in India and Pakistan dedicated to the study of strategic and security issues in the subcontinent. It combines professional development of research, writing, and public presentation skills with extensive exposure to the D.C. policy community. Fellows will develop a research project while meeting with senior scholars at universities and think tanks in the United States along with leading practitioners working on South Asian security issues in the U.S. government. You may read more about the SAV Visiting Fellowship here.
The SAV Visiting Fellowship runs on an annual basis. In 2021, four SAV Visiting Fellows from India and Pakistan will be selected for a 12-month fellowship term starting in spring 2021. Fellows typically spend eight weeks of that period in residence at the Stimson Center in Washington, D.C. between June and August.Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we hosted our 2020 cohort of Visiting Fellows virtually in July, and are hosting them for a second remote residency in January as they conclude their research projects. During their remote residency, fellows participated in three to five meetings a week with scholars of South Asian security and U.S. policy makers, while receiving feedback on their policy memos and research from established scholars of South Asian security. We are closely following COVID-19 developments to assess the safety and feasibility of international travel and an in-person fellowship for this coming season. Selected Fellows will be expected to commit to a two-month in-person residency in Washington, D.C. and should ensure their availability pending any changes due to COVID-19-related travel restrictions.
Fellows spend eight weeks of the one-year fellowship in residence at the Stimson Center, during which engagement with the U.S.-based policy and research community is a priority. The remainder of the fellowship consists of ten months of research and writing in the fellows’ home countries.
1. A co-authored or single-authored policy memo developed while in residence at Stimson;
2. Ten op-eds, including at least one co-authored article with a member of the 2021 Visiting Fellow cohort, to be published on the SAV platform over the twelve-month period;
3. Participation in the Stimson Visiting Fellows salon presentation;
4. Occasional substantive contributions to Stimson Center products and intellectual community (i.e. peer review, podcast interviews) throughout the one-year fellowship.
Application materials will include:
- A 500-word essay detailing the applicant’s research interests, experience, and how the fellowship fits into their career goals;
- A curriculum vitae of no more than two pages detailing the applicant’s professional and educational accomplishments;
- A writing sample of no more than two single-spaced pages;
- A 250-word research brief on the topic the applicant would like to explore in their policy memo;
- A letter of recommendation from a professor or former employer explaining what qualifications, skills, and experiences make the applicant an excellent fit for the fellowship;
- A completed Google Form
Deadline Extended: Applications will be due no later than 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Monday, November 16th, 2020.
SAV makes an active effort to select a diverse and balanced cohort. In the 500-word essay, the applicant may also wish to elaborate on how they could contribute to the diversity of the 2021 SAV Visiting Fellowship cohort.
Fellowship application materials should be sent to [email protected] in a single PDF with the subject header “Applicant Name – SAV Visiting Fellowship Application 2021”.
Letters of recommendation can also be sent to the [email protected] account with the subject header “Applicant Name – SAV Visiting Fellowship 2021”.
Fellows are selected based on criteria such as the quality of their research proposal, research and writing aptitude, and fit with the Stimson Center’s research interests. All applicants will be considered, but successful candidates will likely have some or all of the following:
- Frequent and/or high-quality contributions to SAV;
- Demonstrable, substantive experience researching South Asia security or strategic issues;
- A track record of publications in journals, books, or newspapers/magazines;
- A master’s degree or higher in a relevant field.
Candidates who have not previously received an international fellowship will also receive greater consideration.
When will I hear back about the status of my application?
We expect to make final decisions by December 2020.
Am I eligible to apply for the SAV Visiting Fellowship?
Applicants must be from India or Pakistan to apply. Please bear in mind that the SAV Visiting Fellowship is primarily intended for early to mid-career professionals and scholars with a demonstrated interest in and capacity for conducting research on South Asian security issues.
Does Stimson cover travel, housing, and living expenses during the residency portion of the fellowship?
For an in-person fellowship, Stimson will pay for visa and travel costs to and from the United States in addition to providing lodging and a living stipend for the duration of the eight-week Washington residency. Stimson also will provide the fellows with an office space, a computer, and other administrative support.
Do I have to have a visa to the United States to be selected?
No. Upon being selected for the SAV Visiting Fellowship—and for a D.C.-based residency— the fellows will apply for a J-1 visa. Please note that many participants in the J-1 Program are subject to a requirement that they return home for a minimum of two years upon completion of their program.
Is the SAV Visiting Fellowship paid?
The SAV Visiting Fellowship is not paid and is not intended to serve as a substitute for full-time employment, though, should the fellowship be held in person, fellows will receive an all-expenses-paid stay in Washington for the duration of eight weeks in the summer of 2021.
I have a question that isn’t answered here. Whom can I contact?
Please address any remaining inquiries to [email protected]