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Visiting Fellows Program

The purpose of the INSS Visiting Research Fellows Program (VRF) is to enhance INSS’ expertise and research output on critical DoD regional and functional priority issues, and offer visiting fellows opportunities to research, publish, and engage with national security experts.

Visiting Fellow Requirements

Visiting Research Fellows are expected to contribute to the INSS and NDU missions in at least one of the following ways:

  1. Publications. Develop manuscripts for publication either for INSS product lines or through outside peer-reviewed journals. Publications require close coordination with INSS Research Fellows, and internal peer review and security and policy review processes.
  2. Policy Reviews and Papers. Visiting Research Fellows can author policy papers addressing national security policy issues.
  3. Teaching Support. Visiting Research Fellows may lecture in University core or elective courses, and/or co-teach an INSS elective.
  4. Research Support. Visiting Research Fellows can serve as peer reviewers for INSS Fellows’ research and publications.
  5. Conference Planning and Execution. Visiting Research Fellows can enrich INSS’ research and engagement programs by developing, executing and /or participating in conference events in their area of expertise. 

Download the VRF Program Guide

Criteria for Application

Candidates for the VRF Program should have recognized expertise, proven publication record in their field, clearly defined research project that aligns with existing INSS research, and an INSS sponsor. All application packages should include a curriculum vitae, biography, proposed research topic, and an application letter for consideration.

  • INSS Sponsor: Visiting Research Fellows must be sponsored by an INSS Senior/Distinguished Research Fellow.  The INSS fellow will oversee the VRF’s research project and related activities.
  • The application letter should identify the research plan and deliverables to INSS. The application letter also should identify the resources, if any, the sponsor and Visiting Research Fellow anticipate may be required, and how the sponsor and/or applicant plan to obtain them. A sample application letter can be viewed here.

Application Deadline: August 15, 2021

Submit Materials To: inss_communications_@ndu.edu

Application Deadline: February 15, 2022

Submit Materials To: inss_communications_@ndu.edu

Acceptance and Notification

When an applicant is selected as a Visiting Research Fellow, they will be notified by the INSS Front Office via an e-mail containing their appointment letter and a DD Form 2793 Volunteer Agreement.  The appointment will become effective after the Visiting Research Fellow signs and returns the appointment letter and the Volunteer Agreement.

In addition to signing the agreement acceptance page in the appointment letter which describes the period and the work intended to be accomplished during his/her uncompensated service appointment as a Visiting Research Fellow, he/she will be required to sign the included DD Form 2793 Volunteer Agreement.  Part II, Block 9 on that form includes a statement of certification that identifies the Visiting Research Fellow’s relationship to the United States Government during the period of his/her appointment.