Stimson Center
  • 17-Dec-2020 to 15-Feb-2021 (EST)
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Full Time

The Henry L. Stimson Center's South Asia Program welcomes applications from highly motivated graduating seniors or individuals who have completed their undergraduate or master's degree in the past year for its 2021-2022 cohort of Junior Fellows.


The one-year, full-time fellowship will provide individuals with a unique opportunity to expand their knowledge of security issues in the subcontinent, engage the South Asia policy community in Washington and the region, and experience working at a dynamic think tank that provides close interaction with senior staff and researchers. Junior Fellows will receive a salary of $37,000 for the full year as well as health insurance and transit benefits for the duration of the fellowship.

Junior Fellows will support the Stimson South Asia Program's efforts to research, analyze, and inform policymakers about the evolving dynamics of deterrence, conflict risks, military modernization, and great-power competition in Southern Asia. Fellows will be expected to support research, publications, and programmatic efforts (including South Asian Voices, Strategic Learning, and public events and workshops). They will receive professional development opportunities to engage with leading scholars and practitioners in the field, to represent Stimson at scholarly and policy convenings, to hone technical and analytical skills, and to conduct, present, and publish their own research.

The Stimson South Asia Junior Fellowship will help emerging analysts develop the research, analytical, writing, and project management skills required to succeed in fields related to peace and security in South Asia. 

Selection Criteria 


  • A strong background in South Asian politics, economics, or security; strategic studies and nuclear issues; international relations theory; or other social sciences.
  • Demonstrated analytical, research, and writing skills.
  • Ability to work independently and to collaborate with peers in a team environment.
  • A record of academic excellence.
  • Bachelor's degree. All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States for the full twelve months of the fellowship following graduation.

Desirable Skills/Experience

  • Precise editing skills (work experience in a university writing center or newspaper a plus).
  • Experience living/working in South Asia and/or working in intercultural settings.
  • Hindi, Urdu, or Mandarin (or other relevant) language skills.
  • Data science skills.
  • Event and/or project management experience.
  • Web management experience/skills.

Application Materials

  • A one-page cover letter laying out the candidate's research interests and career goals. Applicants should discuss how they can contribute to the mission and work of the Stimson South Asia Program and how the Stimson South Asia Junior Fellowship would contribute to their long-term professional growth.
  • A two-page maximum curriculum vitae or resume including all educational qualifications, study abroad experience, and extracurricular activities, as well as any work experience to date.
  • Unofficial transcript(s) with an academic record of undergraduate and Master's (if applicable) coursework and study abroad experience.
  • One letter of recommendation from a professor or former employer explaining what qualifications, skills, and experiences make the candidate a good fit for the fellowship;
  • A writing sample of no more than two pages on a topic related to South Asian political or security issues.

Letters of recommendation should be emailed to with the subject line "Stimson South Asia Junior Fellowship'Last name of the applicant." All other application materials should be submitted as PDF documents through Stimson's online application system.

Selection Process

Completed applications are due February 15, 2021. Interviews will be conducted soon after, and final decisions will be communicated in March. Applicants selected for an interview may be required to complete one or more short research, editing, and/or writing assignments as part of the evaluation process. The fellowship will begin in August 2021 (start date flexible) and continue for 12 months.


Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible for the Stimson South Asia Junior Fellowship? Graduating seniors or individuals who have finished their undergraduate or master's studies in the past year with a demonstrated interest in South Asian peace and security issues are eligible to apply for the Junior Fellowship. The fellowship is meant for early-career scholars and analysts who are looking to develop expertise in the subcontinent's strategic affairs.

What are some of Junior Fellows' responsibilities? Junior Fellows support a variety of programmatic efforts during their fellowship. As Associate Editors for South Asian Voices, a large portion of their time is devoted to editing articles and working with regional authors to prepare pieces for publication. Throughout their fellowship, they will also contribute to a combination of research, events, Strategic Learning course development, gaming facilitation, and other program activities.

 Do applicants have to be U.S. citizens to apply for the Stimson South Asia Junior Fellowship? No. International applicants are welcome to apply as long as they have a valid visa that allows them to work in the United States for the full 12 months of the fellowship (approximately August 2021 to August 2022). Please note that Stimson will not sponsor applicants for work visas for the fellowship.

When is the application due and where should I submit my application materials? All application materials (including the letter of recommendation) are due February 15, 2021. Materials other than letters of recommendation should be submitted as PDF documents through Stimson's online application system. Letters of recommendation should be emailed to with the subject line "Stimson South Asia Junior Fellowship'Last name of the applicant."

Will I be notified if I am not selected for the fellowship? Only those chosen for the interview round will be notified of their selection or non-selection.

When does the fellowship begin? Though there is some flexibility, the fellowship will begin roughly in August 2021 and continue through August 2022.     

Is the Stimson South Asia Junior Fellowship paid? Yes. Junior Fellows will receive a salary of $3,083.33 per month ($37,000 for the full year). In addition, Stimson will provide full benefits including health insurance, a transit benefit, retirement plan match, and others to the fellows for the duration of the fellowship.

For additional questions or information, please email with the subject line "Query regarding Stimson South Asia Junior Fellowship 2021-2022."

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