Council on Foreign Relations

Research Associate, Military Fellows and Fellowship Affairs

David Rockefeller Studies Program: Director of Studies Office
New York


CFR’s David Rockefeller Studies Program is one of the country’s largest foreign policy think tanks with a widely respected and influential research staff. The Studies Program aims to advance the discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs through its writing, publications, public outreach, and discussions. It is also the home of the Council’s Fellowship Program, which offers a variety of year-long fellowship opportunities including the Military Fellowship Program.

The Council is seeking a talented individual to work closely with and report to the Director of the Fellowship Program and provide support for the Fellowship Program as well as the annual class of Military Fellows that come through the program. The Council usually awards four to five Military Fellowships annually. The program enables selected officers to broaden their understanding of international relations by spending approximately a year in residence at the Council’s headquarters in New York. Military Fellows expand their knowledge of international relations through extensive participation the Council’s active program of meetings and events, interaction with the Council’s diverse membership, and research and writing.

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

  • Working with the director of the Fellowship Program to provide support for the Military Fellows
  • Keeping the director apprised of all Military Fellowship activities
  • Coordinating (and attending when necessary) events, meetings, and military trips, including preparing invitations, travel arrangements, corresponding with speakers and presiders, helping to prepare background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support
  • Assisting in managing budgets, including preparing budgets and tracking monthly statements, creating and updating Excel spreadsheets, and preparing vouchers for reimbursement
  • Drafting, editing, and proofreading written material, including speeches, meeting summaries, memos, and summaries of research findings
  • Providing research assistance and tracking news and data sources on requested foreign policy issues for the Military Fellows
  • Handling correspondence, scheduling, and responding to requests for information
  • Provide support in the Fellowship Affairs Program and Studies Program when the need arises


  • BA in International Relations, or related field, with strong academic credentials
  • Familiarity or experience with the U.S. Military
  • 1 or more year(s) related administrative experience
  • Strong research, writing, and editing skills
  • Strong organizational, and program planning skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills, including MS Word and the internet

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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