Visiting Scholars Program

The Institute for Security and Conflict Studies welcomes visitors whose research interests align with our mission of advancing scholarship and public understanding of international security issues. Outside faculty, policy experts, and advanced Ph.D. students are all invited to apply.

The Institute provides office space; access to a computer and the Internet; borrowing privileges at GW’s Gelman library; limited telephone, fax, and photocopying privileges; and an opportunity to interact with other scholars focusing on international security and conflict studies.

ISCS accepts applications twice per year, for affiliations starting in Fall or Spring semesters. We give strong preference to visitors planning to stay an entire academic year, but will consider applications for semester-length visits if space is available. Shorter affiliations, including summer stays, can be offered only in exceptional cases.

Interested applicants should email a brief research prospectus, curriculum vitae, and list of references to The deadline for applications for visits starting in Fall 2018 (including semester-length stays and full 2018-2019 academic year affiliations) is January 15, 2018.

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Application Process:
Applicants should submit the following materials via email to

  1. A curriculum vitae;
  2. A 4 to 5 page double-spaced research prospectus that outlines the question and argument, explains the project’s contribution to the field of international security studies, and describes the research and writing to be undertaken during the fellowship year; and
  3. A short writing sample (no longer than 40 pages).

All materials must be received no later than the above-mentioned deadlines. Applicants will be notified of the Institute’s decision within two months of the application deadline.