Thursday, October 22, 2015

Graduating Senior or Recent Grad Interested in International Security and Humanitarian Assistance? Apply for this Paid Fellowship!

A prestigious, two-year, paid fellowship opportunity at the U.S. Department of State for graduating seniors, graduate students, and recent alumni (within one year of graduation) is accepting applications. The application deadline is November 20, with the fellowship term set to begin in July 2016. The selected fellow must then qualify for a U.S. SECRET security clearance.

The Frasure-Kruzel-Drew Memorial Fellowship  was established in 1999 with support from the DoS Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA). The selected fellow will serve at the PM/WRA office in Washington, D.C. and gain valuable experience in managing foreign security and humanitarian assistance-related programs. The fellowship includes the possibility of international travel. Past fellows have traveled to places such as: Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Colombia, Guinea-Bissau, Jordan, Laos, Mozambique, Peru, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand and Vietnam. 

A new FKD Fellow is selected annually from a competitive group of college seniors, graduate students or recent graduates (within one year of graduation). During the first year of the two-year fellowship term, the selected candidate serves as “Junior Fellow” within PM/WRA’s Resource Management Division, learning the fundamentals of foreign assistance, grants, and contract management and the CWD program. At the start of the second year, the fellow will transition to “Senior Fellow” status and rotate to PM/WRA’s Program Management Division, to gain hands-on experience managing CWD projects around the globe. Throughout the two-year term, the fellow will publicly promote CWD successes by authoring materials for State Department websites and social media outlets, drafting newsletters, and conducting speaking engagements.
The FKD Fellowship was established in 1999, originally to raise awareness among the American people about landmine contamination around the world and U.S. government efforts to address the problem.  Since then, the fellowship has expanded with PM/WRA’s mission into other conventional weapons destruction activities, including SA/LW stockpile destruction and security.

The next FKD fellowship will tentatively run from July 1, 2016–June 30, 2018.
  • Year one as Junior Fellow: Approximately July 2016 – June 2017
  • Year two as Senior Fellow: Approximately July 2017 – June 2018
Eligibility: College seniors, graduate students and recent graduates (within one year) from accredited, four-year institutions of higher education located within the District of Colombia, Maryland and Virginia.  Learn more here.