The South Asia Junior Fellowship Program 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.

Conditions of Eligibility

  • 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.

Application Materials

  • A one-page cover letter laying out the candidate’s research interests and career goals.
  • A two-page maximum curriculum vitae or resume.
  • Unofficial transcript(s) with 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.

Application Deadline

The program does not have a university nomination requirement. The national deadline is February 15th of each year.

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