2017-2018 CISS Student Fellows Program Application

Monday, Apr 17, 2017
by dsuchens

The Center for International Security Studies (CISS), Princeton's home for the study of national and international security, invites students of all backgrounds to apply for the 2017-2018 CISS Student Fellows Program. We welcome returning students of all interests and class years, undergraduate and graduate, to apply.

The online application is available at https://goo.gl/forms/kyEqkUjqWEjP3Okk2It can be completed in a short amount of time. Please see details below, and at the link.

Applications are due Friday, April 28. We will announce selections by May 15.


CISS Student Fellowships are a significant leadership, professional, and academic opportunity
. Once selected, fellows are assigned to help lead one of CISS's major programs. These include:

  • Staff Rides - These include domestic staff rides to a civil war battlefield, an international staff ride, and potential field trips to observe U.S. military training/equipment as well as policymaking in progress
  • Simulations - Crisis simulation/wargame featuring participants from West Point, the Naval Academy, Rutgers, and other partner institutions
  • Communications/Website - Event advertising, email management, and website design
  • Policy Speaker Series - Presentations and discussions from policy makers
  • Security Studies Colloquium - Talks by leading security studies scholars from around the world
  • Career Series - Talks from individuals currently serving in a wide range of security positions discussing their career paths and career opportunities
  • Film Series - Showing and discussions of security-related films
  • MIL101 - "Military 101" student presentations about various aspects of the military

CISS Student Fellows get priority access to all CISS events, including the international staff ride and after-event dinners at Prospect House and Agricola (conditional on satisfactory performance of duties). CISS Student Fellow interact extensively with Princeton faculty and non-Princeton experts and practitioners, providing the opportunity to build a professional network in the security studies field.


In exchange for these opportunities, fellows are expected to manage their assigned program in a professional manner and participate regularly in CISS events. The time commitment required to be a fellow is typically a few hours per month. However for major events like staff rides and simulations, the hours are highly concentrated such that a fellow might spend 10+ hours per week in the period leading up to the event. Fellows work with each other, the program coordinator (Cindy Ernst), and the student director (Kaki Elgin) in a collaborative, flat, and often informal decision-making structure that emphasizes creativity, flexibility, and teamwork.

Selection Criteria:

Fellows are selected based on their demonstrated interest in security studies, past participation in CISS events, experience with event planning, and ability to commit to managing events in the upcoming year.