The Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin seeks applications from current PhD candidates for its Predoctoral Fellowship Program.
Consistent with the Clements Center’s emphasis on history, strategy, and statecraft, applicants from all disciplines whose research bears directly on foreign and defense policy, intelligence, or international security are welcome to apply. However, strong preference will be given to applicants pursuing a doctorate in history or whose research has a strong historical component of any era, from ancient to modern. This fellowship is designed to help expedite dissertation completion, so applicants should be in the dissertation writing phase and within one year (or in exceptional cases two years) of anticipated dissertation submission. Successful applicants will be able to spend the substantial portion of their time working on their own research and writing projects, while taking advantage of the many academic resources available at the University of Texas-Austin. Additionally, Fellows will be required to play an active role in the Clements Center’s programs and activities; any specific responsibilities will be by mutual agreement between the Fellow and the Clements Center leadership. Fellows accepted to the program will be offered a competitive stipend, full use of UT facilities, and office space at the Clements Center. Each appointment is for one year.
Applications open on October 16th, 2023. Applicants should submit a current C.V, cover letter, graduate school transcripts, a brief (no more than two-page, single-spaced) research statement, and three letters of recommendation. Applicants whose research addresses the Indo-Pacific region’s increasing role in U.S. foreign policy and security should indicate whether they want to be considered for the Predoctoral Fellowship at the Clements-Strauss Asia Policy Program. Applications are due no later than January 26, 2024. Please direct any questions to Emily Burch, the Clements Center's Administrative Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants are required to be currently enrolled in a PhD program.
Applications are due by Friday, 26 January 2024 at midnight EST.
Applicants will need to submit a C.V., cover letter and a brief statement of proposed research.
Applicants are also required to submit three letters of recommendation and graduate school transcripts.
The William P. Clements, Jr. Center for National Security at The University of Texas at Austin draws on the best insights of diplomatic and military history to train the next generation of national security leaders. Established in 2013 with the support of distinguished policymakers and scholars, the Clements Center is a nonpartisan research and policy center uniquely positioned in the Office of the President.
The Clements Center honors former Texas Governor Bill Clements and his leadership on national security during his service as Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1973-77. Clements managed the Pentagon and helped guide American national security policy during a critical time. He brought a deep appreciation for history to every aspect of his leadership, policies, and decision-making.
The Clements Center carries forward Bill Clements’ legacy by: teaching students how to integrate the wisdom of history with current challenges in national security and prepare for careers as policymakers and scholars, supporting research on history, strategy, and national security policy, convening scholars and policymakers to improve our understanding of history, statecraft, and national security...
Why History, Strategy and Statecraft?
Understanding history is essential for wise and effective national security strategy and statecraft. History enables leaders to glean the wisdom of the past without incurring its costs. History can provide American leaders with a deeper sense of perspective, an appreciation for the patterns of the past, and the wisdom to determine the most effective policies for the future.
Yet history is neglected in statecraft today. Most national security policymakers have not been adequately trained in how to use history in their decision-making, while most academic history departments do not produce research that is relevant and accessible to policymakers.