Clements Center
Clements Center

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.  For more details about our current Predoctoral Fellows, please read their extended bios on our People page.

Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellows Placement 

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

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

Application Instructions: 

  • Complete the online application (link 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 4, 2019 by midnight EST.

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