Council on Foreign Relations

  • Program Assistant, Fellowship Affairs

    Human Resources
    New York
  • Overview

    CFR’s Fellowship Program offers unique opportunities for mid-career professionals focusing on international relations. The program affords fellows the opportunity to broaden their perspective of foreign affairs and to pursue proposed research, with a placement at either CFR or another institution in New York City or Washington, DC. The Program Assistant will work under the direction of the Director and Deputy Director of Fellowship Affairs to help support the wide range of fellowship activities.

    The major responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to):

    • Providing administrative support to the Director and Deputy Director of Fellowship Affairs, including scheduling appointments, handling phone calls, making travel arrangements, and drafting correspondence 
    • Supporting all marketing and promotion efforts of the fellowship program, including updating fellowship materials and researching new marketing outlets 
    • Assisting with budget management, including monitoring grant information, preparing vouchers for reimbursement, and drafting reports 
    • Coordinating event logistics for information sessions, receptions, and selection committee meetings, helping to prepare materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support
    • Assisting with the processing of fellowship applications
    • Assisting with updating the Fellowship Program’s website
    • Monitoring the email and phone line for the Fellowship Program, including serving as the initial point of contact for applicants, and managing the application process
    • Maintaining fellowship contact database, including updating contact information


    • Bachelor of Arts in International Relations or a related field with high academic credentials
    • A minimum of one year of internship and work experience that includes programming and/or project management experience. Budgetary experience preferred
    • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, as well as ability to multi-task and meet deadlines
    • Excellent writing and communication skills
    • Outstanding professional judgment and demeanor
    • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment, both independently and as part of a team
    • Excellent computer and database management 

    About CFR

    Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is a leading nonprofit membership organization, research center, and publisher, with headquarters in New York, an office in Washington, DC, and programs nationwide. It is dedicated to increasing America's understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. CFR's 5,000+ members are leaders in international affairs and foreign policy. CFR also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent magazine on global issues, and provides up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on its award-winning website,


    The Council on Foreign Relations offers a benefits package that is among the best offered by nonprofit institutions today, including an award-winning health and wellness program, an on-site fitness center, and generous leave policies and health insurance programs.


    The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.


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