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.

Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellows Placement 

Fellows have gone on from the Clements Center to tenure-track, postdoctoral, and other academic and policy positions at:

University of Toronto (Department of History)
Stanford University (Center for International Security and Cooperation)
Princeton University (James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions)
Australian National University (Strategic and Defence Studies Centre)
Harvard University (International Security Program)
University of Central Florida (Department of History)
University at Albany-SUNY (Department of History)
Santa Clara University (Department of Classics)
Yale University (Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy)
The Kings College (Department of History)
Catholic University of America (Department of Politics)
Arizona State University (School of Civic and Economic Thought Leadership)
Simmons College 
Texas State University (Department of Political Science)
Williams College (Department of Political Science)
US Senate
US Department of State

Application Instructions: 

  • Please complete the online application by clicking the "Apply Now" button below
  • Graduate school transcripts and three letters of recommendation must be sent directly from your university and your recommenders through a dossier service such as Interfolio, Vitae, or elsewhere. 

Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year are due Monday, February 4th, 2019 by midnight EST.

If you have any questions, please contact Program Manager Alex Foggett (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).